Update, 6/23: Linden Lab clarifies that Sansar subscriptions will be optional.
Cecilia D'Anastasio has written a lot of great, provocative stories incorporating Second Life (such as this deeply dark one), so I'm impressed that she's impressed by her "Hands-On With Sansar, The New Second Life". Her demo, as managed by Linden Lab, didn't include much content that hasn't already been written about before, but she does drop this mini-bomb scooplet:
Right now, only 2,000 select virtual artists, builders and designers have access to Sansar, but later this summer, Sansar will open its doors to everybody with its open beta. Users may pay a small subscription for access.
Subscriptions! You mean like WoW? Wow. First time I've heard about that. Another point worth pointing out is when the Sansar demo literally makes her want to hurl:
At the demo, Gray and Sansar VP of Product Bjorn Laurin wrapped me in a HTC Vive headset, which can track movement, and dropped me in Sansar’s “Zen Garden” zone. There, I met Jason Gholston, another product director, who was in an adorable green dinosaur costume. The zone was gorgeous, with a deeply cinematic sky and finely-drawn grass textures. He told me how to walk in VR—which made me crazy dizzy, but I also can’t stomach reading in cars—and teleport around.
Cecilia is giving Sansar the benefit of the doubt by blaming her reaction on herself, but this again raises a massive point that's been reported on before: Confirming Danah Boyd's Early Concerns, Studies Suggest Women Much More Likely To Get Motion Sickness From Using VR. Indeed, I surveyed New World Notes readers on this question (the vast majority are the most likely to be interested in Sansar), and these are the results:
All participants who report feeling nausea from VR “often or intensely”: 35% Male participants who report feeling nausea from VR “often or intensely”: 21% Female participants who report feeling nausea from VR “often or intensely”: 52%
So we're likely to read more reports like Cecilia when it goes beta this Summer.