What is the difference between Metaverse and Virtual Reality?

New Delhi | Jagran Technology Desk: The age of the 21st century is all about technology and digitization. Today, everything that once took time and effort is possible with a single button press. In the last 40 years, the internet has evolved so much that it has become a necessity to live your life. Internet technologies also experienced a boom. One such technology is Metaverse, which has now become a hot topic after Facebook rebranded itself as Meta and announced that it will build a Metaverse, where all of its products and services will be linked to a virtual universe.

The term metaverse was first coined by author Neal Stephenson in his 1992 science fiction novel Snow Crash. The author described the term as an all-encompassing digital world that exists parallel to the real world. Now the metaverse has become a reality, but defining the term is still a difficult task as the construction of the tometaverse is still ongoing.

What is metaverse?

Metaverse refers to a 3D virtual space that allows users to explore and interact with different types of virtual spaces, content, and services. In addition, Metaverse uses Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) and can be defined as a simulated digital environment. Aside from that, this digital world also uses concepts from social media to create space for users to perform interactions that mimic the real world. Metaverse is a huge spectrum and includes almost everything like gaming, meetings and shopping.

To access Metaverse one should put on their headset which will help the user to connect to the virtual reality interface. Users in the metaverse are empowered to create virtual spaces and solutions, establishing a creator economy with To Allowit. Aside from headsets, users can also access the Metaverse through VR and other technologies such as AR glasses. In addition, users can also access Metaverse via their smartphones or computers.

What is Virtual Reality (VR)

Virtual reality, as the name suggests, is a computer-generated virtual environment created by technology. The technical definition of VR can refer to a 3D environment generated by computers. VR is an environment in which scenes and objects appear real, causing the user to become immersed in its proximity. Virtual reality allows a person to experience and interact with others. In VR, users are allowed to perform various tasks and also manipulate the objects.

To enter VR, a person needs headsets and glasses connected to the system running the programs. These devices directly affect people’s sensors, including light and sound, enhancing the user’s experience in the VR world. Apart from that, there are also other specialized devices like gloves with electronic sensors that come with certain VR systems. So far, a large part of VR has been used in the entertainment sector. Meanwhile, the use of VR in areas such as medical and military applications and education is also increasing.

Here are these 4 things that will help a user understand the fundamental difference between Metaverse and VR.

1. Definition

Metaverse: The Metaverse is a 3D virtual space that allows users to interact, explore, and connect with others using their digital avatars

Virtual Reality: VR is basically a technology that creates a 3D environment and allows users to feel, see and hear things around them.

2. Property

Metaverse: In this cyberspace, users are responsible for their experiences and have complete control over themselves.

Virtual Reality: In VR, users do not have ownership of themselves as the brand owns the VR system and other specialized content.

3. Experiences

Metaverse: Metaverse gives users the ability to access a wide range of experiences in cyberspace.

Virtual Reality: In VR, users can only have virtual experiences offered by the VR systems.

4. Perseverance

Metaverse: It is a shared virtual space that exists even when a user is not present in the metaverse.

Virtual Reality: The moment the user turns off their VR system, their experience ends at that point.

Written by:
Mallika Mehzabeen

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