VRChat Avatar Creation Gets Simpler with Free Customizable Avatars
VRChat immerses you into an extensive online social world with lots to explore and you need some kind of avatar with which to traverse this huge social VR world. VRChat gives you a basic body and a host of community created avatars to pick from but some users would want to personalize their online identity a little more and create their own avatars that accurately represent who they are. Wolf3D is now simplifying this process via its newly integrated app known as Ready Player Me.
Ready Player Me is Wolf3D’s free avatar maker which supports exporting your avatars to VRChat thereby simplifying and speeding up the process of getting your customizable avatar into what is one of the most popular social VR platforms available.
Ready Player Me saves you from having to rely on the user-created avatars or having to build your own avatar if you are technically-inclined. This allows you to personalize and embody an avatar that will feel close and intimate to you.
Ready Player Me is a web-based tool with which you can create custom avatars in a matter of minutes and with the integration with VRChat, you can now import these own created avatars directly into VRChat in a matter of minutes with the push of a button. According to the site, this exporting of your created avatars into VRChat currently takes anywhere between 10 and 15 minutes due to the high user demand.
You can create your own Ready Player Me avatar for use in VRChat by using the web-based avatar creator. You start by taking a selfie or you can simply skip this step and head straight to customization. Once you are satisfied with the avatar that you created, click the ‘Done’ button located at the top right and then click on ‘Import to VRChat’ from the pop-up menu.
This is the latest of the growing roster of virtual reality applications that now include support for VRChat. Others are MeetinVR, Mozilla Hubs and LIV among others. You can also download the avatars in the .fbx format.
According to the creator of Ready Player Me, Wolf3D, the avatars created with this web-based tool have compatibility with VRChat’s latest avatar system known as Avatars 3.0 (AV3) that enables players to use the built-in expression system in the game for the emotes and a host of other avatar actions.
This is a simple and nifty tool for avatar creation and export to VRChat but it is the early days for this web-based avatar creation tool. While it enables you to make customizations on hair, facial hair and outfits, it still doesn’t offer you key options such as height, weight and the facial structure.
Last year, Wolf3D raised $1.3 million so some of this funding might go into fleshing out the options in its avatar creation tool. It likely won’t be free indefinitely but it is likely to assume a business model where the basic sets of customization tools will be free while a large set of styles will be premium and users will have to buy them using real money.