Several tech giants, including Meta and Microsoft, have announced the formation of a group called the Metaverse Standards Forum to promote the development of industry standards that make the emerging digital worlds that these companies each promote compatible with each other.
On Tuesday, ET, Meta, Microsoft and other tech giants announced the formation of a group called the “Metaverse Standards Forum” to promote the development of industry standards and make the emerging digital worlds that these companies promote compatible with each other.
The Metaverse Standard Forum said in the statement announcing its establishment that the forum’s participants include Meta, Microsoft, Epic, NVIDIA, Qualcomm, SONY and other 36 technology giants who have joined the Metaverse field. The industry covers chip manufacturers, game companies and companies like Established standards-setting bodies such as the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). China’s Huawei and Alibaba DAMO Academy are also among the founding members.
But it’s worth noting that Apple is not yet on this list. Well-known game companies Roblox and Niantic are also not among the forum participants, as are some emerging metaverse platforms such as the Sandbox or Decentraland.
While Apple has not publicly acknowledged plans to launch products such as head-mounted displays, it has reportedly given the board an early preview of the product. Analysts expect Apple to be a dominant force in the metaverse race once it launches a mixed reality headset this year or next.
If Apple launched such a device, it would put Apple in direct competition with the Meta. Meta has revealed that it plans to release a mixed reality head-mounted display code-named “Cambria” this year.
Since changing its name last year, Meta has staked its future on the development of the Metaverse and invested heavily in hardware to realize its vision of a connected virtual world.
In the past, Apple has been heavily involved in the creation of web standards such as HTML5. For 3D content in the Metaverse, Apple worked with Pixar to develop the “USDZ” file format and worked with Adobe to ensure support for the format.
Chairing the Metaverse Standards Forum is Neil Trevett, a senior executive at chip giant NVIDIA. He said in a statement that any company is welcome to join the organization, including participants from the crypto world. He said the forum was designed to facilitate communication between various standards bodies and companies to achieve “real-world interoperability” in the metaverse, but he did not mention how Apple’s absence would affect that goal.
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