What is the metaverse?

Boy playing game through virtual headset
Ready Player One gave us a glimpse of what the metaverse might look like (Image credit: Warner Bros Pictures)

What is the metaverse? It's a new word that seems to have multiple meanings, depending on whom you talk to. So it's difficult to pin down an exact definition. But in general, it describes a predicted new phase for the internet. 

So what will this new internet look like, how close are we to realising it, and how will this affect art and design? In this article, we’ll reveal everything you need to know about the coming metaverse.

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Tom May

Tom May is an award-winning journalist and editor specialising in design, photography and technology. Author of the Amazon #1 bestseller Great TED Talks: Creativity, published by Pavilion Books, Tom was previously editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine. Today, he is a regular contributor to Creative Bloq and its sister sites Digital Camera World, T3.com and Tech Radar. He also writes for Creative Boom and works on content marketing projects.