Meta, Microsoft, and 31 other companies have joined forces to form an organization to promote the creation of open standards regarding metaverse technology. The foundation, called the Metaverse Standards Forum, will focus on creating standards to make each of the Internet’s metaverses interoperable, which would ideally allow these worlds to communicate.
The Metaverse Standard Forum is born
While the metaverse is a loose concept that each company interprets and builds at its own will, some believe it is important to connect these individual worlds. This is why Meta, Microsoft and other companies like Epic games have come together to found the Metaverse Standards Forum, an organization created to advance the interoperability of these metaverses.
According to the launch’s PR statement:
[The body] It will focus on practical and action-based projects such as implementation prototyping, hackathons, components, and open source tools to accelerate testing and adoption of metaverse standards, while developing consistent terminology and deployment guidelines.
The forum will not create criteria on its own. The organization will act as a hub to integrate the various Standards Development Organizations (SDOs) in areas including virtual reality, graphics and interactions, among others.
The creation of such a group is seen by some as a statement about the consensus in these companies on the importance of creating open standards for the metaverse concept. About this, Neil Trivett, president of Khronos, an organization that is part of the group, stated:
The metaverse will bring together diverse technologies, requiring a set of interoperability standards, created and maintained by several standards organizations.
Some important absences
While the group states that it is an open organization and freely available to all interested groups, there are some big names that have not appeared in the group. Apple, one of the world’s largest technology companies interested in VR and AR (augmented reality) technology, has yet to join the forum. The metaverses based on other important games, such as Roblox, are yet to be joined.
According to some experts, this shows that even as an organization promotes standards on the topic, standardizing the metaverse, or the collection of worlds that compose the metaverse, will be a challenging task given the diversity of companies building platforms geared toward it.
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