connect is your virtual home which you can customize according to your own personal taste and needs. You can, for example, play games with your friends, chat, make video calls, listen to music, watch TV, read a newspaper, surf the net, or care for a virtual pet.
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Note: This Early Access software is not complete and may or may not change further. If you are not excited to use this software in its current state, then you should wait to see if it progresses further in development. Learn more

What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Many features are not finished yet, but we want to give you the opportunity to enjoy first experiences in Virtual Reality. We designed connect with much love and detail infatuation.”

Approximately how long will this software be in Early Access?

“We plan to complete all promised functions by mid-2018.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“connect will offer:

- interface for multimedia (worldwide video, audio, print, internet, VR and games content)
- interface for user uploads (art work, photos as decoration, sounds, or 360° photos for an alternative view from the loft)
- customization (change furniture, pictures, materials and much more)
- video calls (in VR too)
- more games, virtual pets and virtual items
- new scenes (like a futuristic starship or an adventure camp)
- VR shopping
- more supported devices (iOS, Oculus, PlayStation, Xbox...)”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“connect now offers:

- write and read text messages (SMS) and connect or facebook messages (soon emails too)
- virtual, interactive home (with different light and weather settings)
- first virtual game: connect four
- virtual pets: duckling and very soon chicken and crocodile baby
- 3 modules: connect Basic (functionality), connect Media (first Video Player), connect Home
- VR support for HTC Vive and Android smartphone
- PC version, Android version
- additional content for Kickstarter backers (Oval Office, tiger duckling...)
- many other features are almost ready to be released”

Will this software be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“No.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We are very grateful for feedback and bug reports. For this we created our own "BugBot". We will reward feedback and bug reporting with exclusive content very soon.”
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December 1

Registration without phone number

We're working on a new registration system via email instead of your phone number and we're confident that we can release an update at the end of next week.

Until then, there is also a quick fix to test connect:

- Choose as country "Afghanistan"
- Use as phone number "55555" + the rank you would receive (it is shown below), e.g. "555557500" when your rank would be 7500.
- Use as unlock code "0"

This quick fix gives you an account, but anyone else could log in with your account as well, because the code is always "0". But it is enough for a fast testing of connect. You can also make it harder for others to steal your account by adding 2 to 4 more digits to your account that only you know. For example, 55555 + 7500 + 1234 = "5555575001234". The code will remain "0".

Update for customization next week

We also want to publish the first options for customization next week. Then you will be able to change the materials in the room, e.g. choose a different floor or walls.

Have fun with connect and please send feedback to our support@4connect-e.com mail address if you have problems or bugs. Thank you!

Unlock the weather station and be a weather god!

PS: Even though it's really hard - try to find 30 hidden keys in your virtual home, your reward, a weather station is definitely worth it. With it, you can not only change the time of day, but also the weather like a weather god. Just send us a screenshot as proof to support@4connect-e.com. More info can be found in an older update.
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November 23

Do I really need to register with my phone number?

We want to support mail addresses too in the near future, but this feature is not finished yet.

Why do I need an account?

You need a personal account, because connect is a social network with messenger function and you also should be able to access your account from any device without the risk, that someone else steals it (or you forget your password).

connect is also available for the smartphone (search “connect vr home” in Google Play Store), where the registration works very similar to WhatsApp. This is the easiest way for you to get a personal, secure account (especially for smartphone users, because the register process can be done automatically).

Privacy Police

We would never give away our phone number or use it for advertising - it is only used for your account! We are also required by Austrian law to protect your phone number.

Please check out our very strict privacy police: https://4connect-e.com/en/tos

Can I register without my phone number?

Yes. If you don’t trust us, there are also free internet services for SMS registration with a foreign mobile phone - e.g. https://smsreceivefree.com/ (Just one example, we don't recommend them.)

If you want, you may use them, we don't care about getting your real phone number! We want to give you as much data protection and privacy as possible!

But in your own interest: If you lose your account (e.g. if your PC hardware changes, connect gets uninstalled or you want to use the same account on a smartphone too), then you would have to use the same free phone number again(!) to reactivate your account with another SMS code sent to this foreign phone (or website).

You also risk, that someone else could steal or coincidentally get your account by using the same foreign number.

Can someone else also get my conversations if he "steals" my account?
No. Because conversations are only saved on your device and not on our servers or on your account. But he could get your connect contact list, profile picture, your owned limited items (like virtual pets) and your profile information!

As long as you just want to test connect and you have no problems with losing your account, you can use a service like the one above.

Limited edition items on your personal account

But please consider that you may get some limited rewards - e.g. an epic rare tiger duckling (for all new users until end of 2017) - which are bound to your account and can get lost, if you lose your account.



Let's talk about data protection

Although it is a pity that the many negative reviews for our registration system create the wrong impression that connect itself would not be popular with our more than 1000 first users since last week, on the other hand we are glad that more and more people are concerning about data protection.

The most important goal of connect is that we want to offer a social network that works for more privacy and data protection (see also: https://4connect-e.com/en/#company).

In this context, it is almost ironic that some of you are damaging our vision of more privacy by do not trust our privacy police. Unlike many other social networks, you do not need to specify a (real) name, e-mail address, age, or any other information for your connect account, but just a phone number. And as mentioned above, this number even doesn’t have to be your own, personal phone number, just anyone.

But even if it were your personal phone number, what should we do with it? We do not know who it belongs to and we do not have any data associated with it. In every public telephone book more information can be found. Anyone who tries out random phone numbers until one of them works has more of it. Why should we specifically want your phone number if we do not know anything about you? There are millions of public telephone numbers on the Internet, including information about the owner.

Not to mention almost all other social networks that make their money collecting data about your habits, preferences, and very personal information like communication data or private photos. These companies even give themselves the right in the privacy policy to use this data for advertising purposes. These are our privacy policy – and it is additionally protected by Austria law, which is one of the strictest in terms of data protection worldwide: https://4connect-e.com/en/tos

In connect, not only your communication data, but also your profile information will be end-to-end encrypted, so that even we cannot read it. We explicitly refrain from the business model of big data, even if it would make the most money. We offer state-of-the-art encryption and a privacy policy that binds our hands.

Many other companies monitor your location, store everything you ever seek or do on the internet, and have a profile of you that knows you even better than you do. And what do we have? A (fake) phone number. Every game you buy here on Steam could get at least your real name because it's necessary for the payment system. We have no information from you and do not want to have one.

So it's really ironic when some of you only concentrate your reviews on the temporarily (!) need of a phone number for registration and are creating a bad image of us and therefor preventing new users from using connect. Because we are fighting for the right of privacy, data protection and anonymity! As mentioned before, we are really happy, when you are against big data, but you reach the opposite if you harm us, even though we both share the same vision!

We receive so much positive feedback and praise by mail or in person. Many of you like connect very well, with many saying it's the best VR they've ever seen. We want to make VR data-safe and prevent that there - as well as on the Internet - the total surveillance arises. We think it's dangerous if a few companies know too much about all of us.

So please help us with our shared vision of more privacy, rather than harm us by throwing a bad light on our project because you have to enter a single number for the entire registration process of a new social network.

Thanks, your e.com team
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About This Software

Also works without VR!


You can also use connect without VR headset! It works like every "normal" 3D game too. At the moment we support the VR solutions of HTC Vive or Oculus VR.

Join our VR world until end of 2017 and secure a free limited tiger duckling (virtual pet)! This VR pet can be traded, gifted or sold and will get a high collector's value.

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connect is your immersive VR home in an exciting virtual world! You can carry it around in your pocket (phone), or experience it all around you in Virtual Reality (VR).

Your customizable virtual home offers VR games, different VR experiences, virtual pets, social VR, video calls, VR 360 and worldwide multimedia. With the “multimessenger” you can also reach all your friends via connect. Your secure VR home can be used in 2D, 3D or VR and offers all the facilities of a real home – only even better, because you can decorate this virtual home to your own personal taste for free!

Customizable VR World


Your VR home in this virtual world is customizable to the smallest detail. Customizability begins with the VR room, the furniture and accessories, and continues to the choice of view from your window (own VR 360 photos too), or your own handwriting. You can even decorate your virtual home with own or foreign art and photos. We will also offer different VR scenes or VR rooms – e.g. the Oval Office.

Multimedia (Internet, Video, Audio, Print & VR)


Thanks to our free media interface, content of various big newspapers and magazines will be available to you free of charge, likewise films, TV and radio programs, streaming, YouTube, web portals & VR media (e.g. 360 VR videos).

VR Games & Virtual Pet


Are you bored while chatting? Go and pet your virtual pet, or play some VR games (e.g. “Connect Four”) with friends. There are many different VR pets like a virtual duckling or a virtual crocodile baby. You may teach them special tricks and their behavior depends entirely on how you treat them.

Intuitive


Due to our intuitive user interface, all functions in your virtual home can be found very easily. This is because of our realistic depiction of 3D objects, into which we have put a lot of effort and love. You can operate everything (e.g. VR games) just like you would in real life.

”Multimessenger” & VR Social Network & Social VR


In the virtual organizer on your virtual desk, you can unite all your contacts from your phone book, mails and online networks (like Facebook) and reach them within connect. You can, therefore, reach more people from connect than from Facebook, even though they might not be using connect yet – because Facebook only gets one part of your new social home.
connect also has its own secure messenger with video calls and sending 3D objects or stickers via chat.

Device-Independent


With our so-called Digital Life Network, it is our goal to give you as much freedom as possible. So you can access your social home from almost every device: e.g. smartphone, tablet, PC, HTC Vive VR, Oculus or VR glasses for smartphones (soon Gear VR & Cardboard too).

Interfaces For Users & Partners


Are you fed up with having to install a new app for each separate function? Or that your favorite software is not compatible with every hardware? Have you ever been annoyed that your different circles of friends are available on various different networks?

To get rid of these unnecessary irritants it is our goal, with combined strength, to build a network which unifies all the different digital contents and features, and where the utilization and operation is as easy as possible. For this purpose we have created a platform, where our Partners – and you too! – can upload content. Our partners will be uploading, among other things, 3D models of new objects or furniture, media content such as newspapers, magazines, books, TV or radio programs, or link connect with existing messenger services. You can upload art work, photos as decoration, animated GIFs or videos, sounds, or 360° photos for an alternative view from the loft, and determine who has access to it.

Anonymous, Data Protected & End-to-End-Encrypted


Our number one aim for this new VR world is maximum data protection, anonymity and keeping the user’s personal privacy. Our own secure messenger is end-to-end encrypted. We promise that connect will stay free of charge without forced advertising, and guarantee maximum data security at the same time.
As we are therefore unable to sell personal information (and do not want to, either) we started looking for alternative sources of income: We will finance our business through voluntary product placement, in-app-purchases, and virtual shopping.

connect – your Social Home – offers:


• secure, customizable, interactive, immersive VR home
• device-independent & live switch for 2D, 3D or VR
• multimedia (all media worldwide, VR media & VR 360)
• “multimessenger” (reach all friends in only one app)
• send 3D objects via chat, make video calls and enjoy realistic VR scenes & VR locations in a secure VR world
• social VR (many social VR functions, soon avatars too)
• VR games, VR pets, virtual world, VR network, VR media

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Android version and alternative download possibilities


There is also an Android version in Google Play Store (search for "connect vr home"). If you don't have Steam or Google Play Store, you can download the PC or Android version from our homepage too (link on the right side), but we recommend to use the Steam or Play Store version, because they get updated automatically.

Early Access


Please take into consideration that this in an EARLY ACCESS test version with many missing features and bugs. We will be continually improving over the next few weeks. Thank you for your understanding!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP2+
    • Processor: Intel Core i3
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Integrated
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: no
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 8+
    • Processor: Intel Core i5
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GTX 950+
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: yes
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