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Best Examples of the Metaverse

Get a glimpse of what the Metaverse could look and feel like with these four early examples, and the companies that make them possible.

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Updated: April 10, 2023

By now, we’ve already familiarized ourselves with the concept of the Metaverse – an expansive, overarching digital domain that contains everything our real world can offer. Aside from that, there are plenty of other great things that the Metaverse can bring to our table once that interoperable virtual world comes into play.

As early as now, however, we’re already beginning to see snippets of how the Metaverse can be used to aid our daily lives. These come courtesy of companies that have invested early in developing the technology. Thus, they can already show us small, but equally functional, examples of the Metaverse.

Here are a few implementations of the technology that provide us a glimpse of how the Metaverse could operate in the future.

Mesh in Microsoft Teams

It’s hardly surprising that Microsoft is one of the companies that are hard at work right now to bring the Metaverse early to its users. However, unlike its competitors, the tech giant has a smaller scope in offering a “mini Metaverse” to its subscribers.

We’re all familiar with Microsoft Teams. This instant messaging program has all the functionalities that any business will need to bring its workforce together remotely. It has a chat feature, a screen-sharing functionality, and the ability to teleconference. 

There’s no way of determining exactly, but this pervading influence on organizations may have led Microsoft towards making it a centerpiece of its Metaverse concept. Enter Mesh for Teams.

In a nutshell, Mesh for Teams is poised to bring “fun” into company meetings and conferences. Arriving on the heels of the pandemic, you could consider Mesh as an improvement over the “face to face” meetings on Zoom that the quarantines fostered.

Whereas Zoom and other similar programs continue to use one’s real face overlaid with backgrounds, Mesh will allow team members to create an avatar and personalized background that they can use during meetings. 

Not only does this make online conferences more bearable, it also plays on the sensibilities of those that would like to keep their residences private.

Roblox

Virtual world games have always been at the vanguard of Metaverse development, being there way before Mark Zuckerberg have thought about trademarking part of the concept’s name. One of the more popular is Roblox, which initially appealed to a younger audience because of its boxy graphics and expansive world.

Since then, Roblox has grown significantly in size and influence. The user experience within its realm has improved as well, with more streamlined graphics and faster processing. Indeed, there was no other direction for Roblox but up and forward.

Despite being in the market for almost 17 years now, the virtual world remains true to the concept of the digital world as envisioned in Snow Crash. Roblox continues to let its rapidly expanding user base build world after world in its realm. In fact, its expressed intent regarding the Metaverse is simply to make it itself more immersive.

Some developers could even earn money if their games get a lot of usage; indeed, this could be a peek at how people could earn cash from the Metaverse.

Fortnite

Roblox appears to be the more popular choice amongst brands for introducing their own Metaverse experiences. However, Fortnite is actually the name that is pouring in a lot of money into actually developing a working Metaverse.

Like Roblox, Fortnite is an open-world game where people can organize matches with other players. While this is an attribute common amongst its contemporaries, the scale of Fortnite’s matches make them seem restrictive. That’s because custom matches in Fortnite could accommodate up to 100 gamers within a single server! 

As if that’s not enough, Epic Games has concluded last year a fundraising that amassed up to $2 billion. This money is already earmarked for use in its efforts to create a functional Metaverse on its own platform. One of the goals of these projects is to scale up Fortnite to be able to accommodate more than 100 people within a server.

We’ve all seen how huge battle royale games are. Imagine these matches expanded by up to 10 times the number of players involved. Now that’s a lot of fun to be in – provided that you’re not in the losing party. 

Meta

Of course, discussing the Metaverse will never be complete without mentioning Mark Zuckerberg’s baby – Meta! Zuckerberg created significant buzz for his company when he announced in 2021 that he is changing Facebook’s corporate name into Meta. 

While Facebook as a trademark remained the name of its primary app and website, the company itself is to be reoriented towards the Metaverse, which Zuckerberg described as “the next frontier in connecting people.”

That means a lot of sense conceptually. It is also evidence of Zuckerberg’s focus on keeping his company moving with the future. Facebook WAS at the forefront of Web 2.0, which resulted in the social media revolution.

Now, the company aims to develop what it describes as fundamental technologies in supporting a world that people will want to spend a significant amount of time in when time comes. These include virtual reality goggles like the Meta Quest VR, and the accompanying haptic gloves. Meta has already rolled out various products that are designed to work with other technologies like Microsoft teams.

In other words, Meta aims to provide the needed technology that can help make the user experience in the upcoming Metaverse more satisfying and realistic. While it has not expressed any intent to create its own virtual world, Mark Zuckerberg’s company does want to pose itself ahead of the competition in terms of commercial opportunities.

Conclusion

One can see what kinds of worlds we can explore with Roblox and Fortnite, while Microsoft gives a glimpse of how the workplace can be improved with the Metaverse. Last but not least, Meta shows what kind of technology is needed to interface with that world and what the experience could be in a visceral sense.

Work continues on bringing the Metaverse into reality, from the sci-fi novels to a practical digital realm. There’s still plenty of ground to cover; however, what these four companies are doing makes for an exciting time to be spent waiting.

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