To be honest, we're still a bit confused by the metaverse. As we mentioned last year, it's what Microsoft is calling "a new version – or a new vision – of the internet, one where people gather to communicate, collaborate, and share with a personal virtual presence on any device". Meta (Facebook) also has its own version of what its metaverse will become, but ultimately there are a lot of unknowns surrounding how these metaverses will take shape.
Speaking in a new interview with Bloomberg, Xbox boss Phil Spencer admitted that he understands why gamers might not "get" the metaverse, as it basically sounds very similar to what we're already experiencing in games today.
"My view on metaverse is that gamers have been in the metaverse for 30 years. When you're playing games... these 3D shared worlds that people have been playing in for years and years, I think what we've found is that there's more connection because we have shared purpose."
"It's not at all surprising to me that gamers might look at metaverse and think, 'well, I don't really get it, because I already have an avatar of myself, and I can already go into a shared world, and I can already sit there and have voice conversations with people anywhere'.
Despite this, Spencer went on to point out that the skills shared by game designers and game creators will make a lot of sense in "enterprise experiences", which is why the boss of Microsoft, Satya Nadella, gets particularly excited about it.
"I do think the skills that we have as game designers and game creators make a ton of sense in a lot of enterprise experiences."
Again, we're not 100% sure what Microsoft will end up doing with this metaverse vision just yet, but we do know that there's some kind of intent to build "full 3D worlds" of Xbox games in the future (whatever that means), as well as create a virtual version of Microsoft Teams that can work on VR and AR devices, in addition to a flatscreen format.
If you're still really confused, watch the video above — it's provides a little more explanation!
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