Although the concept is still not entirely clear, many technology firms are moving towards the so-called metaverse. A concept that, according to the point of view of Mark Zuckerberg, it goes far beyond connected social apps and the hardware to support them.
The intention of the CEO, as he told in an interview, is that Facebook, for the next five years, move to that new reality where users can entertain themselves or work together in a virtual “face-to-face” way without leaving home.
According to Zuckerberg, that technology will provide great opportunities for content creators and to people who want to work while living far from urban centers, where educational or entertainment opportunities are limited.
“A metaverse could be the closest thing to a teleportation device,” he commented during an interview with The Verge.
Ready player one, Steven Spielberg’s movie that presents a virtual world with touch.
The idea of the metaverse has been the subject of science fiction books and movies ever since writer Neal Stephenson introduced it in his book ‘Snow Crash’ in 1992 where people used avatars to interact with each other in a virtual space.
As anticipated in the film Ready Player One (2018) by Steven Spielberg, the idea is based on the creation of mirror worlds through applications that expand the physical boundary, establishing a new dimension of information and access.
Far from becoming the effort or ingenuity of a person, the metaverse, according to the young entrepreneur, it is a vision that encompasses many companies and contains the entire industry.
“You can think of it as the successor to the mobile Internet. And it’s certainly not something that a single company is going to build, but I think a big part of our next chapter is going to be helping build it, in partnership with other creators and developers, “he said.
Other companies that aim to create a new reality on the internet.
And while it will have many virtual reality componentsIt will not be the main base although it will be an important part of this new technology.
“The metaverse is not just virtual reality. It will be accessible on all of our computing platforms, both virtual and augmented reality, as well as computers, mobile devices and game consoles,” concluded Zuckerberg.
In recent months, other firms such as Fortnite from Epic Games, Roblox and even Animal Crossing announced that they will include more and more content that will shape this new metaverse.
To realize this idea, Sony invested $ 1 billion to create a metaverse. The one in charge of shaping it will be Epic Games, the creators of the Unreal Engine graphics engine, which is at the heart of most video games and is key in the production of series like The Mandalorian.
“We are grateful to our new and existing investors who support our vision for Epic and Metaverse. Their investment will help accelerate our work around creating connected social experiences across Fortnite, Rocket League, and Fall Guys, while empowering developers. and game creators with the Unreal Engine, Epic Online Services and the Epic Games Store, “said Tim Sweeney, founder of Epic Games.
Something from this alternate world materializes in Fortnite itself, where players maintain a social relationship with each other that in some cases overlap to those of the tangible world.
In addition, the company currently has the best technologies for the development of that system of infinite planets in which PlayStation has trusted, so Epic Games supports its proposal in the argument and in the technique that it has already known how to put into practice in previous projects.