In 2021, it is called the “first year of the meta universe” by the market.
What is the meta universe?
At present, there is no clear definition of the meta-universe. In layman’s terms, it is a mapping of the real world in the virtual world. What people can or even cannot do in reality can be realized in the meta-universe.
”Three-Body” author Liu Cixin said: There are two roads in front of mankind: one outwards, leading to the stars and the sea; the other inward leading to virtual reality. And the “meta universe” here is the way to the inside.
Although it has only been sought after and seen today, the term appeared as early as 29 years.
According to the data, it was first seen in the 1992 science fiction novel “Avalanche”: “As long as you bring headphones and eyepieces and find a terminal, you can enter another three-dimensional reality simulated by a computer through a connection. Everyone can interact with the real world. Have your own clone in a parallel virtual space.”
Giants enter the meta universe
According to IDC forecasts, from 2020 to 2024, the average annual growth rate of the global virtual reality industry will reach 54%. With the continuous development of new technologies, virtual reality meta-universe related industries may usher in an explosion.
In June of this year, Facebook acquired BigBox VR, the developer of the chicken-eating game “POPULATION: ONE”. Together with this company, its founder Zuckerberg has acquired and invested in more than 20 VR-related companies. In August, Facebook launched another VR conference software Horizon Workrooms. The software allows users to conduct online VR meetings as a “digital person” clone, walk around in the virtual meeting room, raise their hands, manipulate the keyboard, and even write in front of the virtual whiteboard.
Zuckerberg believes that this conference software will be a prelude to the future meta-universe.
On August 29, Pico, a VR startup company, disclosed in a letter from all employees that the company was acquired by ByteDance. However, the price of this transaction has not been announced. Some media reported 5 billion yuan, and some sources said it reached 9 billion yuan. As early as April this year, Bytedance invested 100 million yuan in the code of the meta universe concept company Qiankun. Its main products include youth social and UGC platform “Restart the World”.
At present, Microsoft, Google, Tencent, NetEase, HTC, Nvidia, Baidu, Byte and other domestic and foreign technology companies have also stopped. In the primary market, Sequoia Capital, Hillhouse Capital, Wuyuan Capital, BAI Bertelsmann and Xianfeng Evergreen has also entered.
Future meta universe
In fact, the meta universe involves too many elements. In addition to augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), it also involves artificial intelligence, interactive technology, blockchain technology, Internet of Things technology, network computing, and holography. Image technology and other fields.
Based on the analysis of the recent performance of the A-share market, any concept stocks that are connected with Meta Universe can easily get capital hype. However, just because humans’ understanding of the metaverse is still in the initial stage of exploration, before metaverse has formed a real commercial operation, the rise in the stock price of metaverse concept stocks is inseparable from capital hype, because So far, no company has completely relied on Metaverse to achieve considerable commercial operation and form a real moat.
Some people say that games are an important product embodiment of Metaverse, just like Bitcoin was a typical application of blockchain technology, but as the technology continues to mature, I believe that the application of Metaverse will also be expanded to more areas in the future. .