If you’ve been following Metaverse projects over the past month, then you know the top two leaders on the market are Decentraland and The Sandbox. There are a lot of similarities between the two projects, but also some key differences. This article will compare Decentraland vs. The Sandbox, the top two Metaverse coins on the market.
What Is Decentraland?
Decentraland is a fully immersive 3D blockchain-based Metaverse, allowing players to buy plots of land and explore the vase virtual universe. Decentraland offers a variety of experiences for players, such as Casinos, Concerts, Galleries, Games, and much more.
Decentraland has been open to the public since February 2020 and is the longest-running 3D Metaverse project in crypto.
Decentraland is open to the public, and anyone can check out their Metaverse by visiting their official website and connecting using MetaMask. Make sure that your wallet is set on the Ethereum chain, and have fun exploring!
What Is The Sandbox?
The Sandbox features a 3D Metaverse, allowing users to buy plots of land and monetize them. The Sandbox also offers a gamified experience that includes quests, games, and challenges to earn rewards.
Unlike Decentraland that has been live since February 2020, The Sandbox recently launched its Alpha on November 29th. We did a review on SAND’s Alpha Launch and were impressed with the smoothness of the game and the overall quality of the Metaverse.
Decentraland vs. The Sandbox
Both Decentraland and The Sandbox are built on top of the Ethereum blockchain. Both SAND and MANA are ERC-20 tokens that live on Ethereum.
In addition, both Decentraland and The Sandbox use NFTs to sell their plots of land. The collections are available on Opensea, and anyone can bid on an NFT that gives them ownership over a specific coordinate in the Metaverse.
For Decentraland, the plots of land are called “parcels,” while for The Sandbox, the properties are called “LAND.”
At the time of writing, both Decentraland’s and The Sandbox’s lands are selling for roughly $12,000-$15,000 each, showing how similar the two projects are.
The main difference between Decentraland and The Sandbox is that Decentraland can be accessed via the web browser. In contrast, The Sandbox requires you to download an application and create an account using your email.
Decentraland doesn’t require users to submit their email as it can easily connect to your MetaMask wallet.
Other than that, The Sandbox offers similar experiences and overall layout to Decentraland. Both have a central Hub allowing players to travel to different islands. Both have NPCs and various interactive in-game structures, allowing players to complete quests, craft items, etc.
Which Is Better? Decentraland or The Sandbox?
Decentraland was the pioneer between the two when it comes to releasing a 3D Metaverse and the first one to create a proof of concept that works.
It seems The Sandbox copied Decentaland in many ways simply, especially the structure of the Hub and the NFT collection to sell plots of land.
I was never a fan of projects that copy others, bringing little innovation to the table. Don’t get me wrong, The Sandbox is exceptionally well built and brought competition to the table, but my pick will be Decentraland.
As someone whose content gets constantly plagiarised across various websites, it’s hard for me to show respect to projects that copy what others have already done. As such, I have to go with Decentraland.
While The Sandbox might look more visually appealing, since users have to download a windows application, Decentraland is the original innovator that will continue to dominate the Metaverse markets.
Disclosure: This is not trading or investment advice. Always do your research before buying any cryptocurrency.