Until now, Kitely, the on-demand virtual world service, has offered worlds (regions) based on a subscription basis, with prices starting from $5 a month, inclusive of two regions and 30 hours a month in-world (additional time can be paid for / covered separately).
From today, however, Kitely are offering regions with unlimited use for a fixed monthly fee, in much the same way as other grid-based virtual worlds offer regions of their own. Kitely’s fees for worlds are :
- $40 a month for an individual world (1 standard 256mx256m region)
- $60 a month for 2×2 megaregion (equivalent to 4 standard regions)
- $80 a month for a 3×3 megaregion (equivalent to 9 standard regions)
- $100 a month for a 4×4 megaregion (equivalent to 16 standard regions).
Each world type has free unlimited access for visitors and supports up to 100 avatars and 100,000 prims (i.e. the 2×2, 3×3, 4×4 megaregions all support 100 avatars and 100,000 prims, not multiples thereof).
Commenting on the move, Oren Hurvitz, Kitely’s co-founder and VP of R&D states:
Our virtual worlds run on powerful multi-core, 7.5 GB servers, and each world can support up to 100,000 prims and 100 concurrent users. This means that our 1-Region worlds, which cost $40 / month, are both cheaper and more powerful than equivalent private islands on other grids, which cost up to $75 / month. And if you decide to host larger worlds then the price becomes ridiculously low, costing as little as $6.25 per region for a 16-region world. Remember that these are not regions running on overcrowded or underpowered servers: each of our cloud-based servers hosts between 1 and 4 worlds, depending on the amount of users in the worlds. This means that if your world has enough users inside it then it will get its own dedicated server at no extra cost!
Kitely subscribers can opt to lease a fixed-price region option, should they so wish, without it counting against their free region allowance
This move may wide broaden Kitely’s appeal among users who wish to have large number of visitors and who don’t wish to have concerns about direct charging for in-world time, etc.
SL Viewer Support Removed
On September 27th, Kitely ceased supporting the Second Life viewer for accessing their worlds. This move is somewhat inevitable where OpenSim is concerned, following Linden Lab’s decision to enter into a Havok sub-licence arrangement, a move which subsequently saw the -loginURI capability disabled within the SL viewer.