Meta, Microsoft and 31 other companies have formed an organization to encourage the creation of open standards related to Metaverse technology. The institution, called the Metaverse Standards Forum, will focus on establishing standards to make each of the metaverses on the Internet interoperable, which ideally would allow these worlds to communicate.
The Metaverse Standard Forum is born
While the metaverse is a loose concept that each company interprets and builds to their own will, some consider it important to connect these separate worlds. Because of this, Meta, Microsoft and other companies like Epic Games have come together to create the Metaverse Standards Forum, an organization created to promote interoperability of this Metaverse.
According to the launch PR expression:
[The body] will focus on pragmatic, action-based projects such as implementation prototyping, hackathons, plugfests, and open-source tools to accelerate testing and adoption of Metaverse standards while developing consistent terminology and deployment guidelines.
The forum will not create any standards itself. The organization will act as a hub for bringing together various Standards Developing Organizations (SDOs) in areas such as VR, graphics and interactions.
The creation of such a group is seen by some as reflecting the consensus within these companies about the importance of creating open standards for the Metaverse concept. Neil Trevett, President of Khronos, an organization that is part of the group, stated:
The Metaverse will bring different technologies together, requiring a constellation of interoperability standards created and maintained by many standards organizations.
Some important absences
While the group states that it is an open organization, available free of charge to all interested groups, there are some big names that have not appeared in the group. Apple, one of the largest tech companies in the world with an interest in VR and AR (augmented reality) technology, still hasn’t joined the forum. Other significant gaming-based metaverses like Roblox have yet to follow suit.
According to some experts, this shows that even for an organization that promotes standards on the subject, given the diversity of companies building platforms dedicated to it, standardizing the metaverse, or the set of worlds that make up the metaverse, is a difficult task will be .
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