Virtual entertainers, also known as Vtubers, have a moment right now, and that’s largely because barriers to creating a digital avatar are lower than ever. You can, if you want, hire a professional to make a Vtubing model for you for hundreds or a few thousand dollars. Or you can download software and do it yourself – for free.
During the holidays, Steam saw the release of VRoid Studio, a program that allows you to create 3D models of humanoid characters. You can use your creations in games like VR Chat, or you can adopt them as avatars for streaming. The program allows both commercial and non-commercial use, which is great because it means you do not have to worry about any other device owning your creation.
“You do not have to be artistic to use the program,”
Although this program was technically available before this release, being on Steam – the largest PC gaming distribution platform in the world – will undoubtedly work wonders to bring Vtubing to an even larger audience. Already, the VRoid Studio community banner is full of people showcasing their new avatars, like the one at the top of this post, where Steam user Juliet-Veil presented an anime version of their fursona. The community is also full of people asking for help navigating the program, as many have never worked with a resource like this before. With such tools becoming more ubiquitous and user-friendly, 2021 is likely to see the Vtubing wave grow to new heights.