Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft's Xbox division, has cast doubt on today's metaverses in a recent interview, claiming that they are nothing more than a "poorly built video game" and not where he wants to spend most of his time. He said much in a chat with The Wall Street Journal (via The Verge), sharing his doubts about the increasingly popular virtual meetings and gatherings.
A virtual interaction that comes too soon
And with the firm arrival of metaverses as we know them today, many companies are taking steps in that direction, such as Meta. However, Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox, questions the current viability of such technologies, assuring that "they are a poorly built video game," taking the issue to his own territory, marking the differences between the possibilities of video game creators today and the real application of metaverses today.
"Video game creators have an amazing ability to build compelling worlds that we want to go spend time in," Spencer asserts. "For me, building a metaverse that looks like a meeting room... I just find that’s not where I want to spend most of my time," the executive continues.
Even so, and despite his mocking tone, Spencer comments that metaverses have come too soon and that he hopes that in the future they will end up resembling what video games are capable of offering today in terms of technology and immersion. But let's remember that Microsoft is already working on 3D metaverses for some of its most popular franchises, such as Minecraft, Flight Simulator, or Halo, all to take virtual reality a step further with video games as a prominent factor in the equation.
Source | The Verge