Meta, Microsoft, Founding Members of New Metaverse Group

Daniel Attoe
Daniel Attoe

Updated · Jun 22, 2022

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Apple and Roblox are conspicuous absences from the oversight group, announced Tuesday.

Metaverse Standards Forum

Meta, Microsoft, and many other large tech companies are coming together to form a group to drive interoperability in the metaverse

Now an industry buzzword, the metaverse is a hypothetical future iteration of the internet that features immersive 3D environments. It will be built on such technologies as virtual and augmented reality, the Blockchain, cryptocurrency, and 3D reconstruction.

While the idea is not new, it picked up steam last year when Facebook changed its name to Meta. However, CEO Mark Zuckerberg says it is still some time away

The Metaverse Standards Forum comprises more than 30 major software, chip makers, and gaming firms that plan to have significant metaverse stakes. They include: 

  • Epic Games
  • NVIDIA 
  • Sony 
  • Adobe 
  • Huawei
  • World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

Notably absent are companies like Apple, Roblox, Niantic, and Snapchat. However, the forum is free and open to new members.

Driving Interoperability

The Metaverse Standards Forum “provides a venue for cooperation between standards organizations and companies to foster the development of interoperability standards for an open and inclusive metaverse, and accelerate their development and deployment through pragmatic, action-based projects,” the group said in a statement.

The projects include “implementation prototyping, hackathons, plugfests, and open-source tooling to accelerate the testing and adoption of standards, while also developing consistent terminology and deployment guidelines.”

The lack of interoperability is one of the issues holding back the deployment and adoption of the metaverse. Because there will not be a single world, it will allow avatars and economies to exist and move across environments.

According to the Vice President of Metaverse at Meta, the forum will help to “drive the collaboration that’s needed to make this possible”. 

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Daniel Attoe

Daniel Attoe

Daniel is an Economics grad who fell in love with tech. His love for books and reading pushed him into picking up the pen - and keyboard. Also a data analyst, he's taking that leap into data science and machine learning. When not writing or studying, chances are that you'll catch him watching football or face-deep in an epic fantasy novel.

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