Welcome to the metaverse! A shared social universe where both casual users and creators coexist. Play and explore with your friends, collaborate with your coworkers or grab powerful building tools and create something new right inside VR.
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“NeosVR is a project with high ambitions and currently being developed by a single developer with the help of a business partner to handle the runnings of our startup and all the things around it.

As such, many of its features aren’t yet fully developed, others are still in prototyping stage and difficult to use and many of its subsystems aren’t yet accessible at all. A good chunk of the time is currently being devoted to creating some content for the system as well.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We expect the project to continue maturing within the following year, especially with the help of the community. As we continue to work on it, it'll gradually keep becoming more stable and well rounded, usable for more and more applications.

Once we feel that a newcomers don't need the "This might have some basic usability issues that I need to be aware of" mentality when working with Neos, we'll put it out of the Early Access. However we expect this to be a very gradual process.”

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

“While Neos doesn't have a well defined "Full Version", as there will always be more features, content and systems to add, there are several major features that will be added to the system.

The primary one is powerful dynamic loading and synchronization of assemblies, instead of preloading them explicitly as mods. However due to security reasons, we have postponed this feature until we integrate Chromium’s sandbox.

We're also working on many other subsystems that will make Neos usable as a VR art and music studio, such as editing audio, animation, integration with more hardware, as well as interfacing with external languages, scripts and devices to widen the possible applications of the system.

There will also be many more performance and bandwidth optimizations and extensions to Neos' novel data model, which will make it easier to build a wider variety of networking applications with ease, increase their potential complexity and run them on wider variety of hardware.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Neos is already a very powerful system, allowing users to build, edit and experience in implicit multiplayer VR with a wide range of features (see the description section) that make it applicable to many scenarios, from entertainment to professional use.

The core has also been stabilized over the years, being able to run for hours without a crashes or synchronization errors, with only a few rare bugs remaining to hunt down.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“Neos itself will remain free for non-commercial use in the future, however the pricing of the extra cloud services (like storage, networking or data processing) will be subject to change, as we figure out the usage patterns and how much these services cost on our end.”

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

“Community involvement is crucial to Neos. While we try to provide a variety of features and content ourselves, it is ultimately made to enable you to build new VR worlds, virtual tools and applications and share them with other users.

Whether you are an artist, casual user, scientist, hobbyist builder or seasoned developer, your experience with the system and feedback will help us shape its features, improve ease of use and set priorities for further development.

We want to support and feature your creations and contributions to Neos and use whatever resources we'll have at our disposal to reward the best and most promising creators among you.”
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February 16

NeosVR Beta 0.8 - massive social & usability update

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vta9iqHmwNY

Important Links



Official Website
GitHub Issue Tracker
NeosVR Wiki

Neos Credits (NCR cryptotoken):
Whitepaper
Etherscan

Complete 0.7.x version history

Hello everyone!

I’m happy to announce that after almost 200 nightly builds (that’s more than one update per day) and thousands of new features, tweaks and bugfixes, Neos VR has now reached a major version 0.8, with massive improvements in its usability and social features.

This is the most important major update to date. It transformed Neos into a more user friendly, fun experience for everyone and made its powerful creative tools and the things created with them accessible to more users. If you haven’t checked out Neos in a while, now would be a good time to hop on!

Our community has also grown significantly over this time, helping test out the daily builds, providing ideas, feedback and bug reports and shaping this major release with real needs and experiences.

It was a pleasure seeing and collaborating on the most amazing experiences and interactive items in Neos and seeing them grow together with the project. Thank you everyone for making Neos better every single day.

So what’s new? There have been literally thousands of new features, tweaks and bugfixes over the past few months and here’s a full history if you’d like to read it, but let’s go over the major things.

World Browser and New Hub



With the growing community came an influx of more worlds into Neos and the old (ugly) content hub was no longer keeping up and neither were people’s computers because of hundreds of performance heavy world orbs.

You can now access a brand new “World Browser” from your dash, which provides cleaner listing of public worlds in Neos, but more importantly also searching. You can search by tags (e.g. “games”, “art”, “educational” or “3D scans”) or author (e.g. “by: Nexulan”) to easily find the experience you’re after. They can also be sorted by publication date, last update or number of visits.

I’m also very happy to announce that we have a brand new hub collaboratively built with our community. The beautiful design and 3D modelling was done by Aegis_Wolf (who’s been building lots of cool things in Neos), with concept and direction provided by Nexulan and me (Frooxius) creating the materials, shaders and interactive elements (done with LogiX right in Neos!).

I believe this hub will completely transform the first user experience in Neos and show what the engine is capable of. It’s by no means finished, we’re still hard at work adding more interactivity and filling it in, so keep tuned! (but go check it out now ;) )

Redesigned UI and usability

It’s no secret that coming out of alpha Neos’ UI was very clunky and frustrating to use. Many of its parts have been completely redesigned. The old “logomenu” was replaced by a more modern dash, UI panels have been spruced up with title bars, close buttons and help dialogs and dozens of other elements were tweaked or redesigned to make them easier to use, from world orbs, world switcher to tools.

To help with the learning curve, Neos also now has basic contextual tutorials, which explain what each button does or how to interact with some elements when you’re around them. Our community has also been busy making awesome tutorials on both the basics and more advanced topics, look for BusinessLawyer’s tutorials if you’d like to learn more.

There’s lots of peripheral features as well, like adjusting other people’s volume, jumping to their location in world, seated mode, smooth turn, changing your audio input device (and having voice indicator) and various other settings, play/edit mode (getting rid of those annoying lasers), equipping avatars right from the inventory (and setting them as default), making file browser private by default or inventory shareable.

You can have friends now

People no longer have to be strangers in Neos! You can add other users to your friends list and see their online status, which worlds they’re in, send them text messages, invites and even arbitrary objects (like a fixed up avatar that you did for them) right within Neos.

The friend system also lets you send other people payments (but more on that later) and automatically give them permissions in your world (more on that later too). But you don’t have to worry about the system getting in your way, you can set your status to Invisible so you appear offline and all your sessions are private by default.

Permissions and session management

Because of Neos’ unparalleled creative freedom right within VR, some worlds can get chaotic pretty fast. Luckily you can now assign users to different roles, which restrict what they can do in your worlds, whether it’s restricting their locomotion modes, ability to use editing tools, spawn items, grab certain objects, switch voice to broadcast or making them full passive observers.

All roles are customizable right in VR in classic Neos fashion, so you can fine tune them to your needs. Nevertheless this is only beginning and as we get more users we’ll be iterating on this system and making it more robust and rigorous.

Another feature that goes hand in hand is restricting who can join your sessions at all. You can let only your friends join or only specifically invited users. Joining users are cryptographically authenticated to ensure your security and privacy.

Physics based locomotion (walking, zero-G, climbing…)

One of the most fun additions was the physical locomotion system. You can now run around, jump, collide with walls, climb (even on other people), fling yourself around or float in Zero-G!

All of the system’s properties are adjustable and scriptable right within Neos, so you can tweak them in your world (or per character) to create variety of experiences. We already have community building space experiences, skate parks or radial gravity for walking around the sphere.

The locomotion system also comes with extra interaction modules for applying forces, parenting (changing coordinate systems) and teleporting. We’ve built some of the most fun stuff with these building blocks, like trampolines, springs, boost rings, sticky surfaces, gravity lifts, flying vehicles or even actually working portal gun!

Undo/Redo

The most requested feature has made it in! Begone are the days of accidentally moving an object you were carefully positioning for the past few minutes or forgetting to save an original material when trying out a new one.

Lots of user actions, both usual (grabbing, spawning items or destroying them) and editing (changing properties, materials or object hierarchy) now create undo steps, which has saved lots of frustration and enabled unleashing mayhem responsibly. Now if only we could do that in the real world.

And of course in traditional Neos fashion, this system is fully synchronized and persistent (though this is off by default), which enables future extensions, like undoing actions globally (right now each user has their own history).

Procedural avatar animations (eyes, jaws, walking)

Avatars have also received lots of attention in this release, improving their expressivity and customizability. I’ve added an eye system, which simulates natural eye behavior - looking at objects of interest (other people, hands that are holding things, random environment items), random saccades and expressions.

It’s highly customizable as well, so you can tweak it to look good on your avatar or give yourself twitchy eyes. You don’t even have to use it with avatars, it works on arbitrary objects too and supports arbitrary number of eyes!

In similar fashion full body avatars have a procedural walk animation based on your actual movement. All gait parameters are fully exposed. Want to be bunny hopping when going fast instead of running? You can. Or have ministry of silly walks character? Ditto.

Setting up those systems from scratch can be a bit tedious and intimidating though, so BusinessLawyer, one of our community members, has created amazing automated setups right in Neos - just step on a platform in your avatar, press a button and drag a few sliders to adjust the look. Couldn’t be simpler!

Growing Community



With the improvements being released daily on Steam, we saw our community grow in response as well, having more users return and support the project.

We recently broke our record in number of concurrent users on Steam (22), which is higher than it was at the beta launch in May (17) and the minimum number of daily concurrent users is also slowly rising, staying above 10.

Our Discord has grown considerably as well, having over 600 members and so did our Patreon, bringing over $1300 a month with 67 supporters. This allowed us to actually bring one of our community team members to work on Neos full time.

But most importantly we saw the rise in community content, both in volume and complexity. We have almost 200 submitted worlds now, dozens of different avatars and cool items (weapons, tools and other interactive items).

We are only at the beginning of our growth and I’m very excited for the things to come. I couldn’t be more proud to have a community so diverse, with people using Neos to hang out with friends, build games and beautiful environment, but also to help visualize and share their art, 3D models, 360 photos or even use it for science and education (the Sydney Human Factors Research being one of our most active users in this area).

Neos Credits, in-verse economy and ICO



With the growth of the community grows the need for a way to trade services and items and grow the project as a whole. On February 1st we have launched an initial coin offering (ICO) for our Ethereum token NCR (Neos Credits) and already sold over $10,000 worth before this announcement.

You can send people NCR through Neos itself via the chat system, with our community members already offering their services and making some first trades. This is only the beginning for the in-verse economy in Neos though. Rather than going full out we opted for a more gradual integration so we can spend more time on other features that are needed more.

In the future you’ll be able to set up a store to sell items and worlds as well, with automatic license and usage tracking within Neos. If you’re interested you can read the Neos Credits Whitepaper, including our definitely not overly ambitious master plan :)

All earnings from our ICO and Patreon are also used to fund the development of Neos and the community and we appreciate all your financial support. We couldn’t be working on this project and expanding our team without you.

Various editing additions

There’s too many things to list, but just in short, inspector has been improved to show texture, mesh and material previews, various texture and mesh processing functions were added right in VR (e.g. recalculating normals or inverting color channels), particle system extensions, baking meshes in VR (for better performance), snapping for joints/sliders, ability to make your own virtual keyboards, lots of new LogiX nodes (Neos’ visual scripting), beefing up the material gun and more.

Road to 0.9 - Performance

The main focus of transition from 0.7.x to 0.8.x was usability and social features, making Neos a compelling social platform in addition to being one of the most powerful creative platforms for VR.

At the beginning of 0.7 cycle this was one of our biggest downsides and with that being out of the way (for the most part anyway) we’ll be turning our attention to our current biggest issue: performance.

Neos is overdue for many different optimizations to decrease CPU, GPU and memory usage, remove stutters, adding tools that let creators build bigger and richer worlds, with more people in them. You can see many of them logged on our GitHub issue tracker here to see what’s coming: https://github.com/Frooxius/NeosPublic/milestone/3

This will also pave our way to mobile platforms, particularly Oculus Quest. Some users have already been using our experimental Oculus Go builds, but lack of optimizations limits the complexity of experiences that can run on the mobile devices smoothly.

Other long awaited features will also come as part of the performance update, like the shader import support, depends on some of the planned additions to the core engine.

We’re interested in bringing Neos VR to AR as well (such as the Magic Leap), particularly to allow VR and AR interoperability (e.g. use items and tools built in VR in AR and vice versa or invite people in VR to your room), but this is currently dependent on funding and support we get.

You’ll also see more official content from us, we’ve got some really cool things that we’ve been sitting on for a while, so keep an eye out!

I’ll see you in the metaverse.
Frooxius
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January 1

Thank you all for lighting the spark of the metaverse in 2018

Ever since I started working with virtual reality I’ve dreamed of the metaverse. A shared universe that feels like the real world at its core, but one where your only limitation is your imagination and skill, not the laws of physics.

A powerful universe which would reinvent the way we build social VR experiences and unify all kinds of creations, whether they’re games, silly fun items or scientific/engineering tools and visualizations. A universe that would be general enough to let all of these coexist in the same space and that would let us build them together from within.

It was an ambitious dream that I somehow got the opportunity to build thanks to help and contributions of many people. Starting with my co-founder Karel, who does his best to let me focus on building this awesome project, while he worries about everything else.

Thanks to the funding and support from The Rothenberg Ventures and their awesome team (Mike Rothenberg, Tipatat Chennavasin and Dylan Flinn just to name a few) who took us into their first VR accelerator, I could focus just on that for the past four years.

So I spent almost every single day laying the foundations for my vision of the metaverse, designing and building the foundational programming principles and building a brand new form of game engine and multiplayer networking from scratch just to support this ambitious idea.

As time went on and I kept working on layer after layer, I began thinking if it all would really be worth the effort and if anybody would ever use it. I would watch other companies get more funding and attention, while very few knew about my project and nobody used it regularly. I would wonder if my approach would ever pay off.

And now with the year 2018 over, I can happily say that it did thanks to you, our community.

Despite all the ambitious ideas and visions, I never imagined we’d have community this amazing and diverse. Just as our strength was fading, you came in and brought life to this project.

Your amazing creations have inspired me and others and shown all the different things you can do with Neos (many of which I didn’t even think of!). Your feedback and ideas helped shape the project and bring more new people with every update as I could focus on improving what mattered the most.

Your financial support on Patreon helped us stay afloat and pay the bills, while also giving us a great deal of motivation. Your guidance of newcomers and tutorials have made it easier for new people to get started and excited. And your evangelism and word of mouth helped grow the community even more.

You’re truly the best community that we could’ve ever wished for. Many of you became my friends and some we even brought onto the official team. As creator of Neos, nothing makes me more proud than seeing what others create with it and how it helps you in your life, regardless of what you do.

But what I’m particularly proud of is the diversity of people and creations that I’ve seen. We got everyone from casual users, hobbyist builders, developers, to business professionals and university teachers/researchers, all within the same universe, naturally working and interacting together.

It was one of the main goals of Neos, but the level of creative amplification this brought blew me away. For example several of our hobbyist creators would help the university researchers build their virtual experiments for science conferences. Or our younger users would help a professional with his UI design for particle systems and operate the camera for his tutorials, live in VR, despite being thousands of kilometers apart.

We could be working on a new world and discussing serious matters one moment and whip out a game of three player chess to play together the next. And then the university researcher would make himself into a chess piece, shrink himself down and run on our board.

I never expected work and fun to coexist so naturally inside of VR or for any of these things to happen so soon. But they did and they made the year 2018 the happiest one in my life so far.

All the things I experienced with you in VR gave me so much energy and motivation to continue this project for years ahead and brought joy to my life that I never had before. I want you to know that I appreciate it greatly.

We might not have big financial and promotional support like some other projects do right now, or a big team working on this (it’s still just me for the programming), but we do have a strong technical foundation for building inside of multiplayer VR that nothing else can rival and more importantly an incredible passionate community that can utilize this to create the most amazing things. And I believe that’s a lot more valuable going forward.

There’s still a lot of hard work ahead of us, but I believe the spark of Neos has been lit and next year is going to be even more amazing as a result. I can’t wait to see what will it bring and I can’t wait to show you what I have in store.

So thank you everyone very much for your support and lighting that spark. Let’s make it into a full flame this year. Let’s make 2019 the year of Neos.

Your Frooxius

P.S.: Also as a small thank you, everyone who joined Neos in 2018 (or earlier!) now gets a unique spark badge for their early support.
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About This Game



Neos VR is built to be like the real world, but without the pesky laws of physics! Meet your friends and coworkers no matter where they are, explore worlds created by the community and import your own models, videos, images, audio files and more, all in realtime.

If you feel like it, you can grab any of the building tools and start creating (or editing) anything from an avatar, interactive object to an entire world. Neos makes no distinction between entities, everything is accessible, editable and programmable (as long as you have the permission to do so).

Editing can be as simple as gluing things together, putting a material into a material gun and shooting the surfaces in the world or fiddling with particle system knobs. There’s also more advanced visual scripting,and scene inspectors for editing object and component hierarchy. Did we mention that you do all that in VR and multiplayer too? It’s like being inside a game engine!

We have taken great care to build Neos to be very futureproof and versatile, no matter who you are and what your background is. It’s based on novel engine architecture designed and programmed from the ground up to give you unprecedented amount of control.

You can make Neos into whatever you want it to be, focusing on what you want to do inside in VR, with Neos transparently making sure that everything part of a single virtual universe, where sharing what you made is as simple as handing it to others or sending via message.

So come and become part of our amazing community, whether you want to just hang out, visualize your models, build a cool world or a silly item, or even collaborate on projects with engineers and scientists. Neos is a metaverse for all of us.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-4590 AMD FX 8350 (equivalent or better)
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 970 AMD Radeon R9 290 (equivalent or better)
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Requirements vary depending on content. In on-screen mode they can be lower.
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 1060 AMD RX 570 (equivalent or better)
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 10 GB available space

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