Well, sure and no. Saying that Fortnite is “the metaverse” would be a bit like announcing Google is “the internet.” Even if you could, theoretically, spend massive chunks of time in Fortnite, socializing, shopping for things, learning, and enjoying games, that does not always suggest that it encompasses the whole scope of the metaverse.
On the different hand, simply as it would be correct to say that Google builds components of the internet—from bodily facts facilities to safety layers—it's in a similar fashion correct to say that Fortnite creator Epic Games is constructing components of the metaverse. And it isn't always the solely employer doing so. Some of that work will be achieved by way of tech giants like Microsoft and Facebook—the latter of which lately rebranded to Meta to mirror this work, even though we're nevertheless now not pretty used to the name. Many different varied companies—including Nvidia, Unity, Roblox, and even Snap—are all working on constructing the infrastructure that would possibly come to be the metaverse.
It's at this factor that most discussions of what the metaverse entails begin to stall. We have a indistinct feel of what matters presently exist that we ought to form of name the metaverse, and we recognize which corporations are investing in the idea, however we nevertheless do not be aware of what it is. Facebook—sorry, Meta, nevertheless now not getting it—thinks it will consist of faux homes you can invite all your buddies to hold out in. Microsoft looks to assume it may want to contain virtual assembly rooms to teach new hires or chat with your faraway coworkers.
The pitches for these visions of the future range from confident to outright fan fiction. At one factor at some point of … Meta's … presentation on the metaverse, the business enterprise confirmed a state of affairs in which a younger lady is sitting on her sofa scrolling via Instagram when she sees a video a pal posted of a live performance this is taking place midway throughout the world.
The video then cuts to the concert, the place the girl seems in an Avengers-style hologram. She's in a position to make eye contact with her buddy who is bodily there, they're each capable to hear the concert, and they can see floating textual content hovering above the stage. This looks cool, however it is no longer in reality marketing a actual product, or even a feasible future one. In fact, it brings us to the largest trouble with “the metaverse.”