So what you are saying is that we should 100% abandon all content created within the past 5 years because Oculus is coming out with an upgrade flight recorder I can stick on my face from anywhere? I think you are forgetting that THE COMMUNITY made most of the stuff in High Fidelity, and some of those people aren’t even here anymore! That’s a very selfish request to just say “Hey, we now want to abandon all usually performed actions and go to mobile. That stuff you sunk hours, days, months of your life into? Oh well! Commissioned someone? Too bad!”
Let me add more salt to that wound: I recently contacted a fantastic artist who made a fresh new avatar and it looks fantastic. The way they pulled off turning a high poly model normally meant for 3D printing into a game engine optimized model by recreating the entire topology by hand was both amazing to watch and really showed how far they were willing to go to meet the criteria requested. That entire project cost me about $510, was done in less than 5 days, and they have many more commissions coming in. This was finished roughly 1 month ago and is about 20k poly, which is pretty nice for the details that were added.
So basically, it isn’t mobile friendly, I didn’t make it, and to go back to the same artist and request an even lower poly version would most likely incur additional charges for having them go even further to lower an already well done topology. Just to support Oculus Quest. Same goes to my $800 primary avatar, and both would then look terrible when the majority come in on desktop PCs.
That’s wrong. That’s wrong on so many levels.
EDIT: Also to add, if we start making domains only for mobile devices, how do we enforce that? How do we set it up to only let Oculus Quest users to come in as to not be bombarded by a person wearing a Mathew or Pracella avatar (who are infamous for being stupid high poly)? On top of that, would it become expected for domain operators to run 2 versions of their own domain?
Versus if we had even BASIC LOD like specifying HIGH and LOW. HIGH would be our default and normal avatars while LOW would be our mobile friendly. That way, you could keep both and even start the process of adding LOD without adding additional work. And the kicker is you’d just need to tell the mobile device to read a different line on the FST and fall back if it can’t find it (to retroactively support already in place avatars).