Call Us Now

+91 9606900005 / 04

For Enquiry

Metaverse Standards Forum


Recently, various brands gathered for the founding of the Metaverse Standards Forum for the development of interoperability standards to drive the growth of the metaverse.


GS III- Science and technology

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. What is Metaverse?
  2. What is the Metaverse Standards Forum?
  3. What is the Need of Interoperability of Metaverse?

What is Metaverse?

  • It is a network of always-on virtual environments in which many people can interact with one another and digital objects through virtual representations of themselves.
  • The term may also refer to digital spaces which are made more lifelike by the use of virtual reality (VR) or augmented reality (AR).
  • There is also a specific type of metaverse which uses blockchain technology. In these, users can buy virtual land and other digital assets using cryptocurrencies.

What are the key aspects of a Metaverse?

There are three key aspects of a metaverse:

  •  Presence is the feeling of actually being in a virtual space, with virtual others. This sense of presence is achieved through virtual reality (VR) technologies such as head-mounted displays. It improves the quality of online interactions.
  • Interoperability means being able to seamlessly travel between virtual spaces with the same virtual assets. That is, one virtual representation created, can be used in different virtual worlds.
  • Standardization– These are common technological standards that are essential for widespread adoption. This enables interoperability of platforms and services across the metaverse.

What is the Metaverse Standards Forum?

  • The concept of the metaverse has yet to be fully established, but interest in virtual and augmented realities fast-tracks the growth of various metaverse projects.
  • In light of the growing anticipation for the metaverse, Metaverse Standards Forum was established “to foster the development of open standards for the metaverse”.
  • “Open Standards” are standards made available to the general public and are developed (or approved) and maintained via a collaborative and consensus driven process. “Open Standards” facilitate interoperability and data exchange among different products or services and are intended for widespread adoption.
  • The internet is interoperable through the power of HTML, the metaverse also requires a similar interface for users to navigate between virtual worlds freely.
  • It aims to analyze the interoperability necessary for running the metaverse.
  • Interoperability is the driving force for the growth and adoption of the open metaverse.
  • It will focus on pragmatic, action-based projects such as implementation prototyping, hackathons, plugfests, and open-source tooling to accelerate the testing and adoption of metaverse standards.
  • It will also develop consistent language and deployment guidelines to expand the online universe.

What is the Need of Interoperability of Metaverse?

  • Interoperability equips the metaverse with support for the different features and activities across projects.
  • This continuity is essential in generating a fluid user experience from one metaverse project to another.
  • With open interoperability standards and guidelines to follow, companies can launch fully interoperable projects, allowing them to integrate their programming interfaces with other projects.
  • There has to be a set of commonly agreed upon protocols to make the metaverse work, just like how Transfer Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) enabled the Internet to go live four decades ago.
  • Such protocols help us in connecting to a WiFi network from home and office without changing our devices.
  • They are a result of open standards. The potential of the metaverse will be best realised only if it is built on open standards.
  • Proponents of the metaverse call it the future of the Internet with 3D at its core. And to fully simulate the digital world, 3D interoperability has to be met.

-Source: The Hindu

November 2023