Xbox’s Phil Spencer Shows Readiness For the Metaverse But Disinterest In P2E games
Spencer noted that there are already games that offer a 3D world where players can interact.
Xbox leader Phil Spencer has shown optimism about the concept of a metaverse world. In an interview with Emily Chang, the Bloomberg anchor, he said the metaverse is simply a 3D world where people can interact and share a common experience and purpose.
However, he cautioned about the P2E crypto games saying that the idea was not new, seeing that most games have been playing in a metaverse environment for decades.
“My view on metaverse is that gamers have been in the metaverse for 30 years. When you’re playing games, if you’re playing a World of Warcraft game, you’re playing in Roblox, you’re playing in a racing game where everybody’s in a shared world. It’s not at all surprising to me that gamers might look at metaverse and think well I don’t really get it because we already have an avatar of myself and I can already go into a shared world and I can already sit there and have voice conversations with people anywhere.”
Microsoft Will Go for Metaverse And not P2E Games
Recall that in November, the CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella told Bloomberg that the firm would soon make moves in metaverse-based games.
“If you take Halo as a game, it is a Metaverse. Minecraft is a Metaverse, and so is Flight Sim. In some sense, they’re 2D today and the question is can you now take that to a fully 3D world, and we absolutely plan to do so.”
Spencer also stressed his disinterest in P2E games because they are made up of quests created to earn digital currency. Nonetheless, he noted that he might have to rethink if better use cases are found for P2E games. The Xbox head didn’t make any statement on the controversial issues surrounding virtual metaverse properties, which many have criticized.