Innovation Manager, FiberCheck GmbH
If you are looking for a virtual office, a place for huge online event or an interactive networking platform, then you are going to find endless options. Out of these endless option there are just a few who can offer you an easy-to-use experience and a tool which can be used intuitively by everyone. In this article, we will show you, why Spatial.Chat is not the best choice, if you want rooms with more than 50 participants in an active networking atmosphere instead of 3000 passive attendees in a virtual conference room and a compatibility with lots of devices and browsers. In this case, we have a great alternative for Spatial.Chat, where you can host a dynamic and entertaining event: Hyhyve
HyHyve is the Spatial.Chat alternative that supports almost any device and platform, amazes professional participants and is made in the EU.
Besides Spatial.Chat, there are also other interesting online networking platforms and similar apps of competitors with the possibility of flexible video conversations:
Spatial.Chat recommends the usage of a laptop or computer. Mobile devices are restricted in the functions of the platform. According to their website Google Chrome and Firefox are offering the best user experience of the platform. Other browsers like Safari might not work well.
Spatial.Chats so-called Free Plan is a great possibility to test the platform with a small group up to 50 people and its for free. If you are planing a bigger event, there are other flexible plans available which have a different price range depending on your wishes.
Participants minutes are used in some of the price packages of Spatial.Chat. These minutes are the time which your guests are spending in the room. If you have 10 attendees for 10 minutes in the room, it will cost you 100 participant minutes. Depending on your plan a certain amount of participant minutes is for free, after that you have to pay for the minutes. 
In this showdown of online event and networking tools, we compare Spatial.Chat vs. HyHyve to help you choose the right platform. While Spatial and HyHyve may seem like similar apps at first glance, the differences between these apps are actually quite significant, and you need to know them to make your online event exceptional.
|Pricing||Starts at 0,03€/minute. Per event/month/year pricing on request.||Free Plan, Starter, Day Pass, Pro Plan, Team Plan. Different prices models, e.g. Starter costs 49$/ month. 
|GDPR||✅ German company. GDPR compliant.||✅ Cyprus company. GDPR compliant.
|Most common browsers supported||✅ Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Microsoft Edge.||🟡 Recommended are Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Apple Safari and Microsoft Edge might not provide the best user experience. 
|Platforms supported||✅ Desktops (Windows, macOS, Linux), tablets (iPad, Android-based devices), mobile devices (iOS, Android-based devices).||❌ Desktops (Windows, macOS, Linux). Mobile devices deal with restricted functions. |
|Broadcast to your participants||✅ Yes, speakers can be invited to the stage flexibly .||✅ Yes, speakers can be chosen flexibly during the event.
|Record Broadcast||❌ No recording feature available.||🟡 Recording is available on request for specific rooms. |
|Public access||✅ Yes, via a public link.||✅ Yes, via a public link.|
|Restricted access||✅ Yes, email-based authentication.||✅Yes, via link without/with password.
|Custom background picture||🟡 Yes, but not recommended.||✅ Yes|
|Custom maps||✅ Yes, fully customizable, including walls and the option to create buildings/places familiar to participants.||❌ Not customizable.|
|Maximum participants per "circle" (ad-hoc conversation)||✅ Up to 50 people.||✅ Up to 50 people in a breakout room.|
|Maximum participants per room||🟡 HyHyve spaces/rooms have an organizational soft limit of 250 participants. Multiple Spaces can be linked and can provide space for up to 5000 participants. ||✅ Depending on the price plan and chosen room from 50 up to every number of participants.|
|Language||English and German||English|
 The participant minutes of Spatial.Chat are not used in all price plans. As soon as your guests are entering the room, the time of the participant minutes will be counted. In comparison to Hyhyve you can see that the participant minutes of Hyhyve are just counted when your guests are talking in a video chat with each other. When your guests are just wandering around the room without talking, you won’t be charged for the participant minutes.
 Here you can find the different price plans of Spatial.Chat.
 The list of recommended browsers.
 Here you have an overview of the restriction of a mobile device within the platform.
 It is possible to send a request to record your event in the stage room when you chose on the right price plan.
 We recommend dividing rooms if more than 250 participants are expected to ensure that the rooms do not become overly large and participants “get lost”. HyHyve can provide a high level of interactivity by switching off linked rooms at off-peak times with fewer participants.
This comparison was updated on 31.10.2021.
Spatial.Chat is an browser based online platform which offers you the in-person experience in virtual meetings, events and offices.
You and your participants can move their round-video-icon avatar freely in the multi-room space. When the avatars are close enough you can have a video talk with each other. In the case the avatars are moving away from each other you are stopping the video talk like it would happen in a real conversation. Within the space of the Spatial.Chat you and your attendees can discuss via chat and video, share photos, texts and videos and listen to other people speeches or presentations.
The possibilities of the usage of the Spatial.Chat space are numerous and the target group ranges from an event manager to a team of remote working people.
As an admin you can create a space with different rooms for any number of attendees. You can choose from given backgrounds or upload your own picture. In the breakout room it is possible to interact with each other like in real-life. This room is limited to 50 people. 
As the admin you can allow the guests to share and upload data and it is possible to pin an iframe in the room. The admin can also set a spawn point for the guests to appear when entering the room. The Broadcast function is a great way to get to inform all the guests in every room what is going to happen next. In the audio or stage room up to 3000 guests can listen to presentations or discussions and it is even possible to record them (available on request). In these rooms your guests can just listen and chat via text when they want react to a presentation.
Technically, Spatial.Chat works very well, but there are some ares you should consider even though not all of them are related to Spacial itself but to the overall event organization and preparation. For example you should consider that the room size of the so-called breakout rooms is limited to 50 attendees where people can genuinely can get in touch. Of you have more than 50 attendees you need to create more breakout rooms and your guests have to switch between them. Before the decision for a platform you should always keep your exspectations of the event in mind so that you can choose an online networking platform which fits your needs.
Spatial.Chat offers you a great onboarding experience. It is not too difficult for arriving guests to move around the rooms and take advantage of their functions like sharing media. Especially if you communicate some of the basics with your guests in beforehand they will intuitively use the platform. Otherwise your guests could be overwhelmed in the first place by all possibilities they have in the breakout rooms.
The backgrounds are adjustable and it is easy to prepare the space for the event. You can even personalize the space with a logo and an own URL.  As some sort of little criticism we would like to mention that the backgrounds of Spatial.Chat are just pictures. If you see a wall within the room the avatar can cross it without any obstacles. Thinking of the great way you can interact with each other like in real life on this platform this seems a little bit behind their standarts.
As the mechanism of “bumping together in a virtual venue” and interacting with content by clicking the “X” key is currently not known to everyone, it’s helpful to have “practice sessions” with your participants in advance (e.g. online networking and after-work session a couple of days earlier).
Spatial.Chat supports the usage of a laptop and computer and of Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. Other browsers like Safari aren’t supported officially, therefore the platform might not work effortless then. Mobile devices such as a smartphone can be restricted in the all-in-all user experience. Spatial.Chat says on its website that a mobile device user can’t upload data, share the screen or use the customization menu of an admin. 
Although most users are already using Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, you should consider recommending using one of the supported browsers to your participants. As “clicking on links” leads to the start of the user’s standard browser, you have to ensure that the browser recommendation is communicated often and clearly. As selecting the right browser and joining the Spatial space can sometimes be tricky, you can implement a support hotline or a team during your event to guarantee a seamless experience. Spatial.Chat offers you a support team in this case which will be charged extra per hour. 
 The limit of 50 people in the breakout room can’t be changed.
 Customizing the logo or URL of the space is not possible in every price plan.
 On their website you can find some tips how to access the platform with a mobile device in the best possible way, even though the usage is limited throughout the event.
 The cost of a technical support team is 150$ USD/hour. You can find these information in the FAQs.
This section was updated on 31.10.2021.
“The team of HyHyve was really helpful […]. The most important thing was the positive feedback of our attendees who liked the intuitive usage of the platform and the informal exchange with each other. In future we will use the platform for smaller and bigger meetings again.”
Innovation Manager, FiberCheck GmbH
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