Published on: 11/07/2022
Metaverse builders: Prioritize UX first, then interoperability
Interoperability in gaming metaverses appears to be an unattainable goal in the near future; as a result, Metaverse builders should prioritize more attainable goals, such as improving user experience (UX).
Interoperability has been deemed hard to implement for a variety of reasons, including the fact that blockchain networks, which serve as the foundation for gaming metaverses, have yet to achieve complete interoperability.
According to Mirko Basil, CEO and founder of Unix Gaming, blockchain networks are intended to operate autonomously in standalone environments, providing for the specific needs of their community. in a recent article, Basil wrote that blockchain networks are not designed to communicate with one another, resulting in ecosystem fragmentation.
“By design, blockchain networks operate individually in standalone environments, catering to the specific needs of their community. They aren’t designed to communicate with each other, which has led to fragmented,” he argued.
Blockchain interoperability will be critical in the future achievement of a multichain world because it allows different blockchains to communicate with one another, such as transferring digital assets and data and improving collaboration.
As a result, before collaborating with GameFi ecosystems that focus on connecting various Web3 projects to bring them together, Metaverse builders should prioritize more pressing issues by shifting their attention to UX, which is one of the critical components driving mainstream adoption.
The importance of user engagement
While opportunities for play-to-earn, true asset ownership, and monetization are all appealing, developers must also engage and retain users. Gaming metaverses, for example, should focus on simple features that allow users to create their own content and add it to the established metaverse.
While interoperability is important for the future metaverse, Basil believes that the metaverse builders must address more pressing issues with greater urgency, such as focusing on something that is currently attainable, including enhancing the quality of UX in metaverse projects.
Every aspect of the UX, from load time to visual appeal, must be carefully considered. Games and digital items, for example, must be appealing to users by incorporating visual schemes. Color palettes, iconography, and visual entities must also be visually appealing in order for consumers to linger and engage in the Metaverse.
Improving the UX
Prioritizing usability is one way to improve the UX. Take the procedure that users must follow in order to gain access to the metaverse, for instance. Web2 sites that require lengthy sign-up procedures are frequently abandoned by users. This will also be the case in Web3.
Most users find it extremely difficult to navigate the vast blockchain ecosystem, particularly through the decentralized marketplaces and platforms. The metaverse and all of its virtual worlds, each with its own tokens, economies, wallets, and networks, add to the confusion.
UX is critical for any technological product or service to enter the mainstream market. The user experience is just as important as the metaverse and the various virtual ecosystems that exist within it, especially when the ultimate goal of the metaverse is to provide users with meaningful, relevant, and adaptable experiences.
To address these issues, metaverse builders should focus on making it easy for users to enter their metaverses. In metaverse gaming, the builders must optimize information architecture (IA), interaction design, visual design (user interface), and overall usability.