Without Apple, Microsoft, Meta, and Other IT Giants form a Metaverse Standards Forum

Without Apple, Microsoft, Meta, and Other IT Giants form a Metaverse Standards Forum ...

Meta, Microsoft, and other information organizations are collaborating to develop the emerging metaverse concept. A group has been formed to help in the development of industry standards, which would make the companies digital worlds more compatible.

The Metaverse Standards Forum involves many of the world''s largest businesses, from chip manufacturers to gaming companies, as well as established standards-setting organizations like the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), according to a statement. The group announced its creation on Tuesday.

Apple is expected to become a dominant player in the metaverse race once it introduces a mixed reality headset this year or next. However, Apple is likely to remain in the member list for the time being.

Roblox and Niantic were not included on the forum participants, nor were emerging crypto-based metaverse platforms like The Sandbox or Decentraland.

Apple has yet denied any intentions for a headset, although it has apparently given its board a sneak peek of the product, according to Bloomberg. It did not immediately respond to a request for clarification about the new metaverse forum.

Apple is in direct competition with Meta, which has staked its future on the metaverse''s growth and invested heavily in hardware in order to make its vision of interconnected virtual worlds a reality.

Meta, previously known as Facebook, changed its name as part of its metaverse shift last year. This year, a mixed-reality headset code-named Cambria will be released.

Apple has been largely involved in developing web standards like HTML5 in the previous years. Apple collaborated with Pixar on the USDZ file format and with Adobe to ensure it supported the format.

Neil Trevett, a chip manufacturer Nvidia chairman, said in a statement that any business is welcome to join the group, including participants from the crypto world.

Despite Apple''s absence, the forum seeks to facilitate communication between a variety of standards organizations and companies in order to achieve real-world interoperability in the metaverse.

2022, Thomson Reuters

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