Meta, Microsoft and other tech giants have formed a group to foster the development of industry standards to create the emerging Metaverse concept that will make companies’ nascent digital worlds more compatible with each other.
Participants in the Metaverse Standards Forum ranged from chip makers to gaming companies, as well as established standard-setting bodies such as the World Wide Web Consortium, with many of the largest working in the space, the group said in a statement announcing its creation on Tuesday. companies are involved. ,
Though conspicuously missing from the member list for now is Apple, which analysts expect to become a major player in the Metaverse race once it introduces the mixed reality headset this year or next.
Gaming companies Roblox and Niantic were also not included in the forum’s participants, and neither were emerging crypto-based metaverse platforms like The Sandbox or Decentraland.
According to Bloomberg, Apple has yet to publicly acknowledge plans for the headset, although it has given its board a glimpse of the product. It did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the new Metaverse forum.
Introducing such a device would put Apple in direct competition with Meta, which has bet its future on the development of the Metaverse and has invested heavily in hardware to make its vision of interconnected virtual worlds a reality.
Meta, formerly known as Facebook until it changed its name last year as part of its Metaverse pivot, has revealed plans for a mixed-reality headset codenamed “Cambria” to be released this year. has done.
Apple has been heavily involved in creating web standards such as HTML5 in the past. For three-dimensional content in the Metaverse, Apple worked with Pixar on the “USDZ” file format and with Adobe to ensure it supported the format.
Neil Trevet, an executive at chip maker Nvidia who chairs the Metaverse Standards Forum, said in a statement to Reuters that any company is welcome to join the group, including participants from the crypto world.
The platform aims to facilitate communication between different standards organizations and companies in order to bring “real-world interoperability” to the metaverse, he said, noting how Apple’s absence would affect that goal.
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