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I still don't know what the metaverse is, but it has a 'Standards Forum' now

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PC gamers of a certain age may recall the Multimedia PC standard. First defined in 1991 by an assemblage of industry heavyweights, it established a baseline for PCs capable of handling multimedia content.

The idea was to make it easier for consumers to know which PCs could and could not help usher them into the exciting new era of CD-ROM technology—and, one would assume, give them the confidence to take that step (and spend that money).

Now something similar is happening with the metaverse. Industry heavyweights including Epic Games, Micrososft, Nvidia, Sony, Unity, and of course Meta have come together to establish the Metaverse Standards Forum(opens in new tab), which will «foster interoperability standards for an open metaverse.» Unlike the relatively straightforward job of setting a minimum PC specification, this group will not create standards for the metaverse, presumably because nobody really knows exactly what the hell the metaverse is at this point.

They are very excited for it(opens in new tab), though, and so to get the wheels turning faster, the goal here is to «coordinate requirements and resources to foster the creation and evolution of standards within standards organizations working in relevant domains.» «The metaverse will bring together diverse technologies, requiring a constellation of interoperability standards, created and maintained by many standards organizations,» said Neil Trevett, president of forum host Khronos Group. «The Metaverse Standards Forum is a unique venue for coordination between standards organizations and industry, with a mission to foster the pragmatic and timely standardization that will be essential to an open and inclusive metaverse.» Khronos Group might sound like a villainous

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