Metaverse (noun): A VR space in which users can interact with a computer-generated environment and other users.
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Apparently Mark Zuckerberg isn't the only one looking to get into this whole "metaverse" thing. Microsoft just announced a metaverse for meetings via Microsoft Teams. The company doesn't plan to stop there, however, as they're also looking to expand into gaming-focused metaverses with Xbox.

In speaking with Bloomberg TV, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says that they are "absolutely" focused on gaming for the metaverse. In fact, Nadella says that Halo is already a metaverse. Apparently so is Minecraft and Microsoft Flight Simulator. He continues on to say that "in some sense, they're 2D today, and the question is can you now take that to a full 3D world, and we absolutely plan to do so."

I mean, Flight Sim is already the literal world and you can play it in VR with other players. Minecraft is its own world as well, and can also be played in VR on PC. But let's just continue on.

Minecraft also already attempted to break into the whole "metaverse" idea with the augmented reality game, Minecraft Earth, that came and went fairly quickly. It's not really clear what Nadella or Microsoft really want to accomplish with this whole metaverse idea. Today's Teams announcement really pushed the idea of 3D avatars and shared virtual spaces between users. Xbox has had 3D avatars for years now. But also, Microsoft hasn't really been too keen on creating their own VR devices, at least that's what they've been saying publicly.

I guess we'll just see in the years to come how this whole "metaverse" idea pans out for every tech company jumping on that bandwagon. I, for one, cannot wait to see the blockchain powered metaverse. That's the true future of gaming right there.