Meta, others form Metaverse Standards Forum, without Apple

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As more tech companies venture into virtual and augmented reality consumer products, the tech industry has batted for a need to have uniformity across the standards of this upcoming technology.

Towards this, today, Microsoft, Epic Games, Meta (Facebook), Adobe, Nvidia, Sony, Unity, Qualcomm Technologies, Sony, and a few other companies and organizations have formed a standards group for “metaverse” tech known as the Metaverse Standards Forum.

According to a press statement, the Metaverse Standards Forum is free and open to any organization and plans to focus on “pragmatic, action-based projects” like hackathons and open source tooling.

The Forum aims to facilitate communication between a variety of standards organizations and companies to bring about “real-world interoperability” in the metaverse.

“The metaverse is motivating the novel integration and deployment of diverse technologies for collaborative spatial computing, such as interactive 3D graphics, augmented and virtual reality, photorealistic content authoring, geospatial systems, end-user content tooling, digital twins, real-time collaboration, physical simulation, online economies, multi-user gaming, and more – at new levels of scale and immersiveness,” the Forum said in a press release.

“For the metaverse to be successful and ubiquitous, it must be built on open standards, just like today’s 2D web — and our joining the Metaverse Standards Forum will help the community usher in a new era of collaborative and open 3D standards that will form the foundation of the metaverse,” Rev Lebaredian, vice president, Omniverse & Simulation Technology at NVIDIA.

“Our goal is to build an open metaverse that enriches humanity and is home to a thriving, fair ecosystem with millions of creators,” Marc Petit, vice president of Unreal Engine ecosystem at Epic Games.

“Huawei is very glad to join the Metaverse Standards Forum as we believe that the metaverse industry and ecosystem will benefit from the collaborative actions and open standards,” said Xiao Ran, vice president of Huawei’s Corporate Strategy and Industry Development. “We look forward to cooperating with the leading SDO’s and industry partners to accelerate the open interoperability standards for metaverse and contribute our experiences.”

Notable absentees in the members’ list include Apple, which is working on VR and AR tech. gaming giants Niantic and Roblox among others. The Forum meetings are expected to start in July 2022.