Microsoft, Meta, Qualcomm, W3C band together for metaverse open standards group

Meta, Epic Games, Microsoft and 33 other companies have teamed up for a standard group for “metaverse” technology. The Metaverse Standards Forum will promote open, interoperable standards for augmented and virtual reality, 3D and geospatial technology.

The forum said in a press release it would focus on “pragmatic, action-based projects” such as hackathons and prototyping tools to support common standards. It is also interested in developing “consistent terminology” for the metaverse – despite disagreements about what a “metaverse” actually is.

The other founding members of the group include major pre-metaverse entities such as the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), Qualcomm, Nvidia, Sony Interactive Entertainment, and Unity. Newer companies like Lamina1, a blockchain payments startup, have also joined the bandwagon.

However, the forum is still missing big names. Apple, which is working on AR/VR technology, is the biggest exclusion. Niantic and Roblox, who made early steps in mixing games and virtual worlds, are also missing. More members may join after the group becomes operational – the first meeting is expected this year.

Industry leaders have stated that the metaverse’s potential is best realized when built on a foundation of open standards.

“Building an open and inclusive metaverse at a ubiquitous scale requires a constellation of open interoperability standards.”

“Metaverse” is a collective term for virtual worlds and many subfields already have standards, including some that have joined the Metaverse Standards Forum. However, open standards do not mean that companies will create the metaverse as an interconnected space akin to the World Wide Web. But open standards would make it easier for developers to build the same content for different platforms or for users to export data from one platform to another.

The forum suggests interest in formalizing the “metaverse” development as a unified field.

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