Microsoft wants to use metaverse to build ‘full 3D worlds’ of Xbox games


All right, stay with us here. If you’ve never heard of ‘metaverso‘, is what Meta (formerly Facebook) is calling “the next evolution of social connection”. According to Mark Zuckerberg and his team, “3D spaces in the metaverse will allow you to socialize, learn, collaborate and play in ways that go beyond what we can imagine.” It is not known how it will end, but comparisons are being made with names like Second Life and Ready Player One.

Today, Microsoft has outlined a vision for its own version of the metaverse, which includes features like a virtual version of Microsoft Teams that will work with multiple VR and AR devices – and will still be accessible in 2D.

This will extend to Xbox in the future, as Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella confirmed today that he expects the brand to get involved over time, with the goal of transforming so-called “2D” games in “fully 3D worlds”.

Here’s what Nadella said about it to Bloomberg:

“You can absolutely expect us to do things in games. If you think of Halo as a game, it’s a metaverse. Minecraft is a metaverse, as is Flight Sim. In a sense, they are 2D today, but the question is, now you can take this to a fully 3D world, and then we plan to do it with assurance. ”

That’s all we know about it so far, so no one can guess what Microsoft is planning here. Minecraft has tinkered with virtual reality in the past, and Microsoft Flight Simulator has full VR support on the PC, but it looks like Microsoft has more ambitions to try to interconnect these franchises as part of its metaverse in the future. Interesting things!

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