Technology is taking the world to unprecedented heights, which could not be predicted even ten years ago. The digital world is growing at an unimaginable pace and is bringing some of the best experiences ever in the history of mankind. VR or virtual reality is one of such extraordinary experiences that is steering our viewing experience to the next level. Hundreds of companies all over the world are striving to make metaverse a reality. It is undoubtedly one such thing that will require a lot of time and effort to be established perfectly and be reach the masses, but with the recent advancements in technology, it's not a far-off dream anymore.
The term metaverse refers to a virtual environment created with the help of special virtual technology that people can live in. This sounds like a science fiction movie, and science fiction movies are made to resemble life as it will be in the future. It's like accessing any location, such as virtual concerts using gear similar to video games. By using this, you can live the moment instead of only watching it. Metaverse is also considered the future of the internet. However, this internet universe will also be linked with virtual spaces, and provide a 3D virtual experience while surfing. In this future technology, the big tech giants are investing heavily, with the sole aim of bringing the virtual world to life.
Cryptocurrencies, games such as Minecraft, virtual conferencing, etc., come under the example of elements of the metaverse. The expanding digital world with an extended cyberspace will see a technological revolution soon. Tech giants are in the race to create what seemed impossible a few years earlier. Metaverse will form the base of this revolution to take Virtual and Augmented Reality to the next level.
Companies Chasing Metaverse Dream
Major video game company Roblox corporation is adapting and developing the metaverse concept. This concept will take their video games to the next level. Another well-known tech giant in the race is NVIDIA corporation that has developed omniverse technology. They called it 'metaverse for engineers' by adding millions of users using blender software to create three-dimensional imagery.
The NVIDIA corporation, Blender, and Adobe have joint plans to expand the NVIDIA omniverse. This collaboration by these tech giants may bring a brilliant result to the market soon in the near future. Facebook recently announced that it would hire 10,000 people in Europe to develop the metaverse. Also, Facebook acquired Oculus VR, and now it's a complete part of Facebook. This branch of Facebook makes virtual reality gadgets.
Facebook rebranded itself as meta to prepare for metaverse development. Also, Facebook selected the European Union to develop the metaverse rather than focusing on the USA. This is to create more employment in the European region and maintain a long presence in that region. Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney has said that the internet is broken, and they have a plan to fix it. Sweeney's dream of bringing the metaverse to reality is a long project with huge investments and acquisitions.
We all might have seen Mark Zuckerberg displaying the giant robots and time travels to ancient Rome to announce the brand's aim to establish a metaverse, which started with the recent renaming of the corporate name of Facebook. However, there are numerous other companies that are working in silence, pacing towards the same goal of achieving metaverse.
Here we list some of the companies that share the same dream of developing metaverse:
Roblox Corporation, the American video gaming company that went public this year, visualizes the concept of metaverse as a place where "people can come together within millions of 3D experiences to learn, work, play, create and socialize."
The California-based gaming corporation is aiming to help the users and developers with ways to create digital worlds. Roblox Founder/CEO David Baszucki has also mentioned that the company is looking forward to creating future shopping and business experiences on the platform, which is powered by its own virtual currency, Robux.
Microsoft Corp is not far behind the world of metaverse either. In fact, the company's CEO Satya Nadella has already hinted at the same during an earnings call when he said that Microsoft was aiming to converge the physical and digital worlds by building an "enterprise metaverse".
With the famous Xbox and Minecraft under its belt, Microsoft is a distinguished player even in the gaming world, which will also see advancements to bring in the concept of the metaverse. Phil Spencer, the chief of Xbox, has even talked about the company's planning to create "a metaverse or mixed-reality construct."
Facebook is a prominent player in the space of metaverse and is currently in the news as well following the recent change in its name to Meta Platforms Inc., which was earlier Facebook Inc. The social media giant is one of the most revered investors in the spaces of augmented and virtual reality and has been in the quest to build a metaverse out of its VR environment Horizon, which is accessible through the Quest headsets launched by the brand.
Popular computer chip producer, Nvidia Corp has already been successful in building its Omniverse platform, which can be used to connect the 3D worlds into a shared virtual universe. This Omniverse will be used for projects that can create simulations of the physical buildings and factories that are here in the living world and will stand as the "plumbing" on which metaverses could be built.
Unity Software Inc, the American video game software development company is quite popular for the real-time 3D projects it handles powered by 3D, 2D, VR, and AR. Talks are that Unity would also help in empowering businesses and startups with advanced tools and technology to build the metaverse.
Snap Inc., the owner of Snapchat has long been credited as the company behind the creation of custom avatars and augmented reality filters to overlay digital features in the real world. The company has made a bigger push in 2021, with the launch of its augmented reality glasses that are available for the developers to experiment with creating experiences for the spectacles.
Autodesk, the cloud software firm that hails from California, US, also creates programs that can be used by engineers and architects to design and produce buildings and products. Besides, the software created by Autodesk Inc. is further used to build virtual world experiences for games and other entertainment purposes.
Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings Ltd, the world's largest video gaming firm by revenue, which also boasts of having stakes in major game studios like Epic Games and Activision Blizzard has already registered many metaverse-related trademarks for its social site QQ, according to the South China Morning Post.
The name behind the video gaming phenomenon, Fortnite, Epic Games has paced ahead of usual shooting games to bring in social experiences like dance parties and virtual music concerts. The users are seen, in such projects, paying to drape their avatars in various costumes and building their own islands and games. The company is also the owner of the massive gaming engine that goes by the name Unreal, which is used to develop games and other visual effects, such as the backdrops of TV shows.
Epic CEO Tim Sweeney, who also happens to be a vocal critic of the other big platforms like Apple Inc and Google, has stated that metaverse needs to stand as a participatory, common space.
The world's largest cloud services vendor and the owner of the exemplary ecommerce website, Amazon.com, Inc is ever-increasing in terms of its media offerings. Furthermore, the company is also seen as a potential player in the metaverse.
Apart from foreign tech giants, many Indian startups are also approaching the goal to develop metaverse. India has a high gaming user base that accounts for a large percentage of the global gaming user base. Due to this, there is also a responsibility on Indian engineers to actively participate in the creation and development of the metaverse. Some of the key players from India, who are pacing up to see the success of their metaverse projects are:
Bolly Heroes can be described as a parallel Bollywood world that is built in collaboration with production houses, music labels, brands, celebrities, gaming studios, and animation companies. The partners of Bolly Heroes have already gone a step ahead to launch the Bollyverse, a limited edition NFT collection platform, the pre-registration for which has already started from September 21, 2021. With the help of this platform, the users can now create a ‘Bollyverse,’ where they would be able to write, act and produce their own stories and characters, which will ease the launch of community-driven films, games, shows, and animation.
Founded lately in March 2021, New Delhi-based OneRare has been successful in launching its first play-to-earn game designed as a food metaverse game on 0xPolygon.
Loka is based in New Delhi and is distinguished as the first multiplayer gamified virtual Metaverse of India based on the 3D maps of the real-world cities and other physical locations, in which the players can participate in live and concurrent experiences powered by their preferred third-party apps.
Founded in November 2020, Cope.Studio is a product studio focused on deep technology, which is developed on a platform for repeatable creation and growth of successful products, revolving around early-stage ventures. The company is based in Bengaluru and strives to combine design, product support, and capital in order to create innovative ideas about the Metaverse into category-defining companies.
Some other Indian companies that are working on their metaverse projects are Interality, Tamasha.Live, Zippy and NextMeet.
When Will The Metaverse Get Developed Completely?
The metaverse is a very vast concept if we see it through the eyes of engineers developing it. For common people, it will be a smooth and easy experience to feel the virtual experience. But for the developing team working behind, it's a challenge that will snatch their sleep. The metaverse concept has been getting planned for years, and finally, we are witnessing some really good progress in the process. Tech giants are now investing huge sums in this project to take their company values to higher levels. People are excited to test this new experience, and the market is growing with demand for such digital technologies.
The first ideas of metaverse came to light before the year 2000, but the enthusiasm about this concept has come to the limelight in the year 2020. Many tech giants are setting their footprints into the development of their metaverse. Different ideas are diversifying the development process. But for the metaverse to function fully and get affordable for a large section of the society is still a bit far. But at the speed with which these companies are rising in this concept, work will bring metaverse to life soon. The pandemic has shown the importance of the virtual world and its importance in our daily lives. Now the Metaverse may have got a boost due to this push, and it's now getting closer and closer.
Benefits of the Metaverse
Metaverse as a whole is a very futuristic concept, and it has a lot of benefits. With the arrival of metaverse technology, virtual living standards will improve, and it will be possible to merge digital platforms into a single segment. Medical professionals can now treat diseases that can be easily detectable at an earlier stage due to metaverse technology. Retail vendors will be able to display products to the customers through this technology. The most diversified use of this technology is in the gaming universe, which will feel more real through a metaverse. Also, the travel experience will get better through this technology, allowing users to travel to foreign places through a metaverse. Apart from these, many other benefits exist and will surface with time.
Metaverse is not a dream anymore, it's now coming to reality, and our real world is getting more virtual in the coming days due to this technology. With time, Virtual reality will develop and will take our experiences to a new level. Many people will get employment through this technology, and millions will get a new technological wonder to experience. Every technology has its own negative and positive points, and for Metaverse, you can figure them out when it will come to reality.
What is metaverse?
The term metaverse refers to a virtual environment that you can live through using special virtual technology.
Which are the companies working for metaverse?
Some of the companies working for metaverse development are:
- The NVIDIA Corporation
Is Facebook being rebranded?
Yes, Facebook has rebranded itself as Meta to reflect its focus on metaverse.
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