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Without Apple, Meta and other tech titans create a metaverse standards organisation

Meta, Microsoft, and other IT titans are collaborating to create a metaverse platform to help the industry.

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Meta, Microsoft, and other tech behemoths racing to establish the emergent metaverse idea have formed a partnership to promote the creation of industry standards that would make the businesses’ fledgling digital worlds interoperable with one another.
The Metaverse Standards Forum includes several of the largest firms in the field, from chip makers to gaming companies, as well as recognised standards-setting organisations like the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), according to a statement released by the group on Tuesday.

Apple, which many believe to become a prominent participant in the metaverse race once it delivers a mixed reality headset this year or next, is conspicuously absent from the list for the time being.

Roblox and Niantic, as well as new crypto-based metaverse platforms like The Sandbox and Decentraland, were not among the forum’s attendees.

According to Bloomberg, Apple has not yet officially disclosed plans for a headset. But it has apparently given its board an early view of the product. It did not react quickly to a request for comment on the new metaverse forum.

Apple would be in direct conflict with Meta, which has placed its future on the creation of the metaverse. And has spent massively in hardware to make its vision of linked virtual worlds a reality.

Meta, formerly known as Facebook until its metaverse pivot last year. Reveals plans for a mixed-reality headgear codenamed “Cambria” launches this year.

In the past, Apple has been significantly developing online standards such as HTML5. Apple collaborated with Pixar on the “USDZ” file format for three-dimensional material in the metaverse. And with Adobe to guarantee the format was supported.

Neil Trevett, an executive at chipmaker Nvidia who chairs the Metaverse Standards Forum. Told that any firm, including crypto players, is welcome to join the forum.

He stated that the forum’s mission is to encourage communication between various standards bodies. And corporations in order to achieve “real-world interoperability” in the metaverse, without addressing how Apple’s absence may influence that goal.

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