What Is the Metaverse?

Hearing the word “metaverse” may make you think about futuristic science fiction, or it seems so far removed from reality that it’s almost inconceivable. But here’s the thing: The metaverse is real, and you likely interact with it every single day! All of us do – some more regularly than others – but it’s just as real as the tangible world we’re in right now. But what exactly is the metaverse? Let’s discuss!

What Is the Metaverse?

Broadly speaking, the metaverse is the online world as a whole: social media platforms, virtual reality, business platforms, and other internet gems that mimic aspects of life. It’s been around since the conception of the internet, but (as far as we know) a singular metaverse that the whole world can access doesn’t exist yet. However, some key developments in the works could make it an even more significant part of our lives.

Perhaps the most easy-to-understand forms of the metaverse are games like Fortnite and Minecraft, which involve controlling a personalizable avatar that leads you through expeditions, journeys, or life in general in a series of worlds on an online server. These games barely scratch the surface of what the metaverse hopes to be, which is a world (or series of worlds) that transcends the physical boundaries of the real world on a singular server that mimics every aspect of real life – and more.

The Interactive Metaverse

In the metaverse, you have a personalizable character that can interact with other users, explore without limitations, and utilize assets (such as Bitcoin). Some aspects of the metaverse are already in existence, including the social metaverse, headed by Facebook (Meta), the Microsoft metaverse, and Decentraland, which requires you to have a crypto wallet before hopping on. Some companies are already using the metaverse to hold staff meetings (aren’t Zoom meetings awkward enough!).

Most of these metaverse access points are still in their early stages of development, but they do allow users to get a taste of what their virtual lives could look like. Though it may sound like we’re heading toward dystopia, you can rest assured that this won’t be anything like Ready Player One but rather more like Ralph Breaks the Internet.

Joining the Metaverse

Here’s the skinny on joining in on the fun: Though your cell phone and laptop can probably handle downloading smaller multiplayer games, the metaverse requires more storage and memory. You’ll get the best results with a PC or dedicated gaming device. Not only that, but you’ll also benefit from having a virtual reality headset. The Oculus Rift was popular initially, but the attention has shifted to Meta Quest 2. Then, you’ll have to hop onto metaverse platforms like Sandbox, Mirandus, and Decantraland (which we mentioned earlier).

Are you excited to experience the metaverse in its entirety? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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