2022 seems destined to be the year of the Metaverse revolution , although many still believe that it could be the usual passing fad. In any case, we have tried to take stock of the situation, putting together a small guide for developers ! If, on the other hand, you are someone who loves learning by doing, an idea to familiarize yourself with the Metaverse could be to join an NFT project or a blockchain platform Blockster.
Birth of the Metaverse
It is very difficult to tell when a new technological era begins and when something (be it a technology, a product or a trend) starts to be widely used. The most recent example is certainly the Metaverse. Considering the media headlines and online articles, it looks like 2022 will be his year. However, it is much more difficult to find the exact date of this revolution. It probably all started in the fall of 2021: first no one was interested in this topic, then overnight it became the main topic on IT blogs and news sites.
In particular, it seems that large companies in the tech sector are showing the greatest interest in the Metaverse, with substantial investments for its development. They don’t just want to drive it (as happened with the internet era) but to own it and define it in detail. As actors in the blockchain industry and developers, it is therefore necessary and essential to become more familiar with the subject and understand what its future developments will be.
What is the Metaverse
From a linguistic point of view, “Metaverse” is the union of two words:
- Meta, from the Greek language, which means “more complete” or “transcendent”;
- Part of the word uni Vers ;
In other words, “Metaverse” stands for “something that transcends the universe “.
From a modern and technological point of view, the Metaverse is a network of 3D virtual worlds focused on connection and social interaction. In the near future, the services provided online will be replaced and accessible in the 3D Metaverse.
Despite being supported by many parties, Zuckerberg is not the inventor of the word “Metaverse”. The term first appeared in the cyberpunk novel “Snow Crash “written by Neal Stephenson.
As with the internet, the Metaverse will not be one. It will be a living organism that has many purposes, ways of use, characteristics and possibilities.
In summary, the Metaverse will be a set of new technologies: AI, virtual reality, mixed reality, augmented reality, Blockchain and cryptocurrencies.
What will the future of developers be?
The Metaverse probably won’t ultimately change the programming and development landscape in the coming years, but it’s always best to be prepared and up to date.
Among other things, a revolution that took place only a few years ago, with the debut of the first iPhone: developers and software companies have started to shift the focus from the development of computer programs to smartphone applications.
The most advanced projects of Metaverso
A standardized technical specification for Metaverse development has not yet been widely adopted. The current and most popular implementations are mostly based on proprietary technology. Years ago, some organizations tried to standardize projects related to the Metaverse:
- Extensible 3D (X3D);
- Metaverse Roadmap Overview;
- Virtual World Region Agent Protocol.
The first is a computer graphics framework made by Pixar, whose main goal is collaboration and non-destructive modification of graphic data. It is difficult to predict whether Universal Scene Description will be the standard or one of the important foundations for the modern Metaverse. So far, the following projects and companies support USD: 3ds Max, Maya Supports, Apple’s SceneKit , Nvidia , and their Omniverse, Blender .
On the other hand we have OpenXR , which is an open standard for accessing virtual and augmented reality devices and experiences. OpenXR was adopted by Microsoft for HoloLens, Meta Platforms for Oculus Quest, and Valve for SteamVR .
As a developer, where would you place yourself in this new Meta world? Surely, learning Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Blockchain, NFT or 3D graphic rendering could be a great starting point, never as important as now.
Blockchain and NFT are closer to the idea of the web3, but have the potential to become key drivers in Metaverse and virtual ownership projects.