Pixieviewer – New Browser Based Virtual World Viewer

Registered and logged in to Pixievieweranother virtual world—today; but, this time it felt different.

screenshot of Pixieviewer web page with hyperlink that opens virtual world viewer in the browser
Hyperlink to a virtual world, courtesy of Thomas at Pixieviewer

See that familiar blue hypertext in the middle of this screenshot? This time, when I stepped into the metaverse, it happened from within my Google Chrome browser.

Pixieviewer is a browser based viewer for virtual 3D environments.

It is designed to run on any device (including tablets and mobile phones) which supports modern HTML5 capable browsers like Firefox, Chrome, Safari and others.

(from the website)

This seemed significant; it felt like a virtual world, not just a world rendered in a browser…and we need browser based access to VWs if the platform is to expand its niche.

screenshot of avatar in virtual world standing on top of cube
Pixieviewer virtual world avatar atop custom widget.
(Click to view full size.)

Pixieviewer creator Sunny Salamander describes the technology behind Pixieviewer at his website, and explains:

One of my goals in virtual worlds is to lower the hurdles that come along with the new technology and make it easier to use.

Will I be able to point Pixieviewer toward my own OpenSimulator region? Does this relieve the casual user from the complexity of standard viewer interfaces?

I clicked on a link in a webpage and a moment later watched as a new world revealed itself. No downloads, no waiting; no worry about installing software from an unknown vendor.

I think the metaverse just got a little bit bigger.

Well done, Thomas.