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Microsoft wants to build Metaverse across Xbox games

The software giant announced the entry of the Microsoft Teams platform into the world of Metaverse for meetings and video calls. But the company also has gaming and entertainment plans.

Microsoft wants to build Metaverse across Xbox games

Speaking to Bloomberg, the company's CEO, Satya Nadella, said the software maker is focusing on games for metaverse with Xbox.

"You can expect us to do things in games," says Nadella. If you take Halo as a game, it's a metaverse. Minecraft is metaverse, and so is Flight Sim. And in a sense, it's two-dimensional today, and the question is can you now transfer that into a full-fledged three-dimensional world. We totally plan to do so.

It has been waiting since seeing what the company might do for Minecraft to turn it into metaverses for virtual and immersive reality headsets.

The company originally demonstrated the capabilities of Minecraft with augmented reality upon the initial introduction of the HoloLens, to the astonishment of those who tried the experience.

It looked like a Minecraft special edition HoloLens that had been worked on six years ago. But so far all we've seen is Minecraft Earth, an augmented reality mobile game.

Turning Minecraft, Halo, and Flight Sims into full 3D worlds is an ambitious project, especially if these environments allow players to explore them together with VR headsets and immersive reality.

Minecraft in Metaverse

Microsoft Flight Simulator offers a lot in this area, as players can fly planes in a multiplayer environment that simulates the weather and locations in the real world. Flight Sim and Minecraft have VR support as well.

And Nadella didn't make a timeline when we see Minecraft shift toward the 3D model of gaming on a larger scale.

The company's advertising mainly focuses on 3D avatars and shared virtual spaces. Xbox has had its own 3D avatars for years.

The question is how Minecraft has adapted its AltspaceVR social network and games to Xbox Metaverse apps, and whether the company might bring its VR and AR headsets to Xbox platforms.