LThe boundary between virtual and augmented reality is still elusive for many users. With Facebook’s Metaverse project, a new breakthrough in the world of technology, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) is expected to strike the pinch in the coming years, and it has become a must to put points on the i to lift the veil on these two strategic curves. What exactly is it? To put it simply, augmented reality is a technology that allows you to incorporate 2D and 3D elements into a real environment.
Virtual reality, on the other hand, is a simulation of the real world in a completely virtual space thanks to a VR headset Oculus Quest, HTC Vive, Pimax, Playstation VR … Overall, in the next few years, in the two segments examined by the analysis company IDC , augmented reality and virtual reality equipment are expected to experience the fastest growth in value.
Over the five-year forecast period, these technologies are expected to grow at an annual rate of 67.9% to reach $ 20 billion in 2025. The share of business spending in this market is projected to increase from 50% in 2020 to nearly $ 20 billion. 70% in 2023, notes the same source.
Meta criticized by observers
There is growing criticism of Zuckerberg’s plan to turn Facebook from a social media company to a Metaverse company. Some argue that by focusing on this project, Facebook is distracting itself from the controversy the company has been facing for some time. Another question arises: Can VR and AR evolve to make the Metaverse anything other than a Second Life clone (a 3D metaverse released in 2003) with better graphics?
On this point, experts point out that the idea is not new and many other companies, such as Roblox, Nvidia and Microsoft, have also built virtual worlds with virtual or augmented reality technology. While others point out that in the version of the Metaverse that Facebook has developed so far, the avatars it offers in place of our physical bodies are cartoonish and clunky.
In response to concerns about this ongoing revolution, Facebook executives say “it won’t be the job of one company. This will require collaboration with experts, governments and regulators to get it right. ” Although the timeline is not yet distinguishable, Facebook is determined to play a major role in building this kingdom. This means that the social network with the blue logo could one day have even more influence on the daily lives of Internet users.
Today Facebook has yet to operate within the parameters set by Apple and Google, which manufacture and control the world’s leading smartphone operating systems. But in this new world that is likely to rely on VR / AR headsets and digital sensors, Facebook is struggling to create its own rules and operating platform. In light of all these potential challenges, it’s too early to say whether the Metaverse will truly become the next web revolution.