3D VTubing has typically lagged behind its “2D” counterpart as a consequence of a spot in know-how and value. Nonetheless, Sony’s new Mocopi machine has been hyped as a recreation changer for movement monitoring, decreasing the barrier of entry on each fronts.
VTubing takes many kinds, however 3D fashions are few and much between. Whereas some streamers have 3D-style fashions, not many streamers use full movement monitoring know-how of their broadcasts.
You would possibly see full movement monitoring on the largest of phases, like throughout a live performance that includes huge company names from Hololive and NIJISANJI. However run-of-the-mill streaming has thrived with Live2D and PNG fashions.
Sony’s latest innovation, the Mocopi, may bridge that hole although. It’s been hyped as a recreation changer for VTuber movement monitoring, making 3D fashions extra accessible than ever earlier than.
It really works by a consumer attaching six trackers to their physique — head, two arms, hips, and two legs. These trackers are tremendous mild at 8 grams a pop, and based mostly on the promotional materials, present comparatively reasonable 3D monitoring at a fraction of the associated fee. They don’t even require exterior base stations.
Sony has even marketed it in direction of VTubers with its devoted smartphone app permitting customers to document their actions to a mannequin inside this system. This will then be despatched to exterior software program like VRChat and Unity, which is the constructing block for a lot of monitoring packages.
“Completely enormous,” VShojo Chief Technical Officer ‘MowtenDoo’ mentioned on Twitter. “We use enterprise-level monitoring stuff largely, however this (assumedly) lowers the price of entry for mocap / 3D VTubing by quite a bit and makes it extra accessible.”
“VTubers can lastly do full physique streaming outdoors their residence with this know-how?” streamer ‘Mao’ mentioned. “Take into consideration the use instances for this, you should use it for dance, exercises, cooking, sleeping, touching grass — all together with your digital avatar.”
we use enterprise degree monitoring stuff largely, however this (assumedly) lowers the price of entry for mocap/ 3d vtubing by quite a bit and makes it extra accessible.granted i do have an concept for one thing tangentially associated
— MowtenDoo (@MowtenDoo) November 29, 2022
To summarize: These are the smallest, most light-weight trackers I’ve seen in the marketplace and there are NO BASE STATIONS NEEDED, you should use it ANYWHERE even open air!! Vtubers can lastly do fullbody streaming outdoors their residence with this know-how?? https://t.co/M0WH8lzr1r
— 刻矛 MAO 🔆🪱🔆 ARKit comms OPEN (@MVjagaimo) November 29, 2022
Sony’s Mocopi is anticipated to launch in late January 2023 for 49,500 Japanese Yen, or about $360 USD.