Microsoft’s gaming CEO has thrown cold water on Meta’s Metaverse project, describing it as a “bad video game.”
Phil Spencer speaks WSJ Tech Live Conferencewas not enthusiastic about the quality of the project compared to modern video games.
“Video game creators have an amazing ability to build compelling worlds that we want to spend time in,” he says, referring to game environments like Minecraft.“For me, building a metaverse like a conference room turned out to be a place I didn’t want to spend most of my time.”
Executives aren’t outright dismissing the future of the Metaverse, but they feel it will look very different from the Metaverse’s current offerings.
“There are engagement models that can actually have productive interactions and get things done in a 3D virtual space. I think they look more like video games than some of the models we see today,” he says. added. , referring to how work in the metaverse is done.
Spencer feels there is a significant skill transfer between the companies creating the metaverse and the gaming industry.
Speaking at the same event, Palmer Luckey, who now heads defense technology company Anduril Industries, made even stronger statements about Meta’s project.
Even Luckey, who founded Occulus Rift at age 19, knows the virtual world well.
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Unfortunately for Meta, Luckey’s claims may have some substance behind them.
Meta’s Horizon Worlds team was reportedly reprimanded for barely using the platform despite being encouraged to do so. report To The Verge.
One of the leaked internal memos reportedly from Vishal Shah, Vice President of Metaverse at Metaverse, read, “Why don’t we love the product we built and use it all the time?” It is said that
Greg Joswiak, senior vice president of worldwide marketing at Apple, said the Metaverse “Words you never useHe also gave a talk at WSJ Tech Live.
Meta’s passion project may need more than just harsh words to worry about. The profitability of the company’s classic projects seems to be a long way off.