New 8th Wall Subscription Tiers Come With New Tools and Features
Niantic has taken a full plunge into the metaverse, providing subscription plans, monetization tools along with discovery functions in its 8th Wall Platform.
8th Wall was acquired by Niantic in March. In 2021, 8th Wall launched its Reality Engine that allows web-based augmented reality experiences to be immediately rendered across a multiplicity of devices including Android and iOS devices, tablets, computers as well as in both VR and AR headsets.
Niantic’s acquisition of 8th Wall allows it to fortify its Lightship development platform on which other developers can create both virtual reality and augmented reality games such as Ingress and Pokémon Go.
The Lightship SDK allows for the incorporation of three core features namely, real-time mapping, multiplayer sharing features as well as enabling objects to interface with the real-world locations.
Easy Subscription Service
Niantic has now rolled out new subscription tiers that give users affordable access to the full range of 8th Wall’s tools.
The subscription tier begins with a Starter Plan that goes for $9.99 per month. Developers on this tier can build unlimited WebVR and WebAR projects via 8th Wall’s Cloud Editor. These projects can subsequently be published on their web applications by tapping into 8th Wall’s global hosting services.
There is also the Plus Plan which goes for $49 per month. The Plus Plan builds on the sets of features available on the Starter Plan. It gives developers greater flexibility in how they share their web apps. Under Plus Plan, subscribers will also access direct project URLs, progressive web apps, and embeddable AR. This plan also allows subscribers to connect to custom domains. The Plus Plan targets developers who are already seeing some traction with their VR and AR apps and wish to expand their user base.
Niantic says the launch of the subscription tiers is a “direct response” to the strong demand coming from the developer ecosystem wishing to use 8th Wall’s platform to build interactive WebVR and WebAR content. Niantic says that the wide selection of its subscription price points together with the new tools that developers now have access to with which to distribute and monetize their AR and VR web apps will put them in good stead to build successful businesses using the 8th Wall platform.
Apart from the subscriptions, 8th Wall is also launching additional tools that developers can incorporate secure payments into their apps. There is a Payments Module in the Cloud Editor that developers can use to seamlessly add products for sale in their projects. The 8th Wall Payments API will handle payments and allow developers to easily collect and receive payments.
The Payments Module will allow developers to add an access pass to their projects at launch. It will be possible to give users paid access to specific virtual reality or augmented reality content for a limited time.
Users will get paid access to specific virtual reality and augmented reality content over a limited duration of time via the Payments Module. The functionality can also be used by developers to do stuff like ticketing art exhibits, holographic concerts, or more engaging content such as a multi-day AR scavenger hunt.
8th Wall also adds a discovery functionality for published apps. Already, it is the biggest portal for discovering WebAR content. 8th Wall also uses QR.8 codes along with 8th.io short links. Users can also the platform to embed WebAR apps on existing websites.
Another addition is an individual public profile page on the 8th wall for developers. The profiles can also serve as portfolios that agency partners can browse. This can make it easier for developers to secure work from brands across the world. The public profile will also be available to freelance developers and students.
Niantic describes the 8th Wall as a platform that can help developers succeed with its holistic toolset for both WebAR and WebVR development.