Between continued skepticism and trouble at Meta, it’s not exhausting to suppose the long run is a bit bleak for the metaverse — however rumors of its demise may be untimely.
In a latest survey of 9,000 shoppers, the skilled companies agency Accenture discovered that 55 p.c of respondents mentioned they wished to grow to be “energetic customers” of the metaverse. And of these meta-optimists, mentioned Kevan Yalowitz, the agency’s world software program and platforms lead, 90 p.c wished to make that leap inside the subsequent yr.
Within the meantime, different firms are busy. HTC — which produced the Vive line of VR headsets — is brazenly teasing a portable follow-up product designed to compete with Meta’s widespread Quest 2. Others, together with Sharp and Canon, are on the point of exhibit prototypes and experiences that would give nonetheless extra folks methods and causes to dive into digital areas. And, after years of anticipation, this can be the yr Apple lastly releases a wearable display screen.
None of that essentially means you’ll end up shifting by way of sprawling, immersive, interoperable worlds any sooner — simply that individuals aren’t going to cease speaking about it anytime quickly.