5 Misconceptions About the Metaverse
Deciding whether or not to join the metaverse? Here's everything you need to know.
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As we enter the metaverse era, the way we consume digital media is going to become more immersive. Rather than just scrolling through text and images on our phones, we will be represented by avatars and interacting with others in simulated 3D spaces.
However, so many people have misconceptions about how the metaverse works or what their role can be. Here is everything you need to know so you can decide if the metaverse is for you.
Meta is not the only platform to host a metaverse reality.
Each reality may serve a slightly different purpose, from gaming to working, and each reality is owned by different companies. Here are some current metaverse worlds that you can explore.
One type of metaverse reality on the rise is one for the office, where co-workers can interact in their avatars and have meetings online. In contrast to Meta, previously known as Facebook, Microsoft has launched the collaborative space Mesh to elevate its Microsoft Teams platform. Here are two enterprise metaverses that you can join.
The Metaverse is not just for gaming.
Although gaming may be one of the most popular and anticipated uses, the metaverse is being built for everyone to have a place. From fashion shows to film sites and collaborative work spaces, the metaverse is aimed to mimic our regular realities, just in a virtual setting.
Beyond collaborating, the metaverse will become a new way to socialize. People will hang out with friends, go shopping or even start dating virtually.
For example, if you love fashion and want to attend virtual runway shows or dress up your avatar in exclusive pieces, you may want to join Roblox, where Gucci has launched Gucci Town. That’s right, Roblox is not just for gaming.
The Mateverse and Virtual Reality (VR) are different.
The metaverse may be accessible to VR, but it is not limited to VR. In the metaverse, you are still looking at a screen to see your avatar and the 3D spaces. However, in VR, you are wearing goggles and fully immersed in the virtual world - you are there.
To put it simply, you can access the metaverse through VR, but you can also access the metaverse on your laptop. What you can’t do, however, is access VR on your laptop.
The Metaverse won’t replace the real world.
The real world will always exist, but the metaverse will become addictive. Think about it as the internet takeover, but more immersive. The rise of Zoom and social media have made people in the real world less social and enticed them to spend more time online. The metaverse will have the same effect.
The metaverse has already begun.
That’s right. The metaverse isn’t the future, it’s the present.
Companies have already occupied trademarks and metaverse lands, people have already built their avatars and started interacting online, and many virtual realities have been made, as listed in (but not limited to) misconception #1.
The metaverse has many innovations in store, but it isn’t awaiting any “gadgetry” to get started. So what are you waiting for? If you want to join, you can start building your avatar today.
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