The Metaverse is a vision of the internet as a virtual space where users can live, work and play. As the Metaverse narrative continues to grow, we’ll start to see multiple, different Metaverse, each one based on the vision of its creators. However, for a truly seamless Metaverse experience, connectivity will be of high importance.
Why this you might ask? Why is connectivity important for the Metaverse? Connectivity is important because it prevents the loss of immersion. For example, if you are engaging in one Metaverse platform and want to interact with a friend on a different platform, that won’t be possible with the Metaverse in its current state. It can be immersion breaking to know that you cannot seamlessly interact with users on another Metaverse platform, I mean it’s meant to be an alternative reality, so everything should be connected.
Two blockchain platforms have pondered this idea, Univers, and VR Connections, have partnered together to build out the infrastructure for connecting different Metaverse platforms. Univers's ecosystem, which includes a software development kit (SDK), enables developers and studios to build Metaverse experiences that transcend one platform as a result of the relationship.
Metaverse-based projects aim to bring us closer to a more immersive digital environment. Brands and businesses are actively looking for methods to invest in the Metaverse and position their company in this virtual realm to take advantage of limitless prospects. However, certain roadblocks remain in the way of the Metaverse's widespread acceptance.
Undoubtedly, amongst the most major impediments to wider metaverse adoption is the lack of interoperability across different protocols. This limits users' access to the Metaverse by restricting their navigation to a single project rather than enabling them to freely traverse among various virtual worlds integrated inside Metaverse's 3D horizon. Because the Metaverse is a representation of the actual world, the feeling of community and interoperability that we have in our everyday lives is crucial even when we are in a virtual space.
People in the actual world can go to numerous locations throughout the globe and transport their tangible possessions without difficulty. Users inside a Metaverse project are looking for the same level of interoperability and consistency. Their goal in entering the Metaverse is to experience a digital universe that is near to reality, with numerous linked virtual worlds where users may smoothly switch projects and reap the rewards.
All of these views become a reality thanks to interoperability, which creates a globally networked Metaverse system in which many projects are combined to create a rich and lifelike digital environment. Let's take a closer look at why interoperability is so important in the Metaverse.
Imagine wearing a virtual reality headset to finally dip your toes into the enigmatic "Metaverse" everyone is talking about, only to find you're restricted to just one company's version of the Metaverse. In today's scenario, that's likely to happen for most, as the corporations fighting to dominate Web3 continue to develop fragmented digital worlds. This fragmentation creates a significant gap in platform interoperability and compatibility for consumers and independent developers, resulting in higher entry barriers and slower adoption.
The Univers platform aims to address this issue by creating the infrastructure needed to connect different Metaverse systems seamlessly. Within its structure, the platform provides four protocols to help build bridges across different Metaverse projects.
The first protocol is the Univers’s Software Development Kit (SDK). This is an open-source SDK for the Univers framework that enables both on-chain and off-chain companies to create blockchain-based experiences that function across numerous Metaverse networks. The toolkit also enables non-blockchain experts to create interactive games and experiences.
The second protocol is Avalan, the Univers platform's core hub, which serves as a portal to Metaverse applications that use the framework. Avalon is also Univers's accessible social center, with mini-games, shops, and events that enable users to share data throughout the network.
The platform also has Univers Consumer Events (UCEs). UCEs offer a platform and forum for live events and conferences within the Univers ecosystem. UCEs use mixed reality to blend location-based entertainment and internet interactivity to develop a community around independent artists and forthcoming projects.
The protocol also has a core foundation, the Univers Foundation which is a decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) that invests in, mentors, and assists developers, producers, and studios to help them build the infrastructure for metaverse-based projects. The foundation will operate as an incubator, raising funding via token sales and letting holders vote on high-impact Avalon initiatives.
These initiatives aim to make it easier for Metaverse platforms to build connected virtual worlds with self-governance (via DAOs), virtual economies, and more. The Metaverse narrative is not a new concept, however, the blockchain-based iteration of the Metaverse is fairly young. In time we will see if these blockchain platforms can achieve their goals of interoperability between different virtual worlds.
The Metaverse does not only exist as a single concept, instead, we will see multiple different iterations of the Metaverse, each one based on the vision laid out by its creators. Interoperability between these networks will allow us to fully explore different Metaverse platforms to their full potential.
Disclosure: This story was submitted to Hacker Noon by an independent contributor. Hence the information contained therein has also been researched and compiled independently.