According to the publication PC Gamerfounders of the conference GDC (Game Developers Conference) conducted an anonymous survey of 2300 industry representatives, the purpose of which was to find out the general mood of IT specialists regarding the concept of metaverses.
It turned out that most of the developers simply do not believe in their future and do not share the enthusiasm of those who see them as a revolution. According to experts, the metaverses themselves are unlikely to be able to realize the promise, but the closest thing to this will come not some kind of three-dimensional environment, but a shooter Fortnitewhich even hosts online concerts of famous performers – 14% of respondents spoke in favor of it.
Another 7% of respondents believe that the most likely Minecraftand the top three closes Roblox with 5% of the vote. As many as 45% of respondents say they don’t see candidates capable of realizing the vision of the metaverse that their evangelists are spreading. A year earlier, there were 33% skeptics.
The developers identify six key factors hindering the implementation of the metaverse in the format that the most optimistic supporters of the idea draw:
There is no clear vision of what the metaverse is all about; VR games need spaces filled with many small interactive elements, but in the gaming industry, the focus is mainly on gameplay, graphics and communication; VR headsets are still too expensive; VR needs control standardization; VR requires more energy to play, so monetization elements like loot boxes and battle passes will only wear players down; Despite the engineering advances in VR, the technology is still not good enough. Long downloads, blurry text and other problems have not gone away. Either more powerful hardware is needed, or more effort on the part of developers to optimize games for this platform.
In addition to VR, IT industry workers also spoke about NFT technology, which has not been developed after a surge in activity in this field. 56% of respondents are opposed to it, 25% do not have a formed opinion, and only 12% are positive.
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