Roblox, the popular online game creation platform, is teaming up with Meta Quest to bring virtual reality (VR) to its users. Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Meta, made the announcement on Facebook, and Roblox followed up with an official blog post. The beta version of the VR app will be released in the coming weeks and will be accessible through Meta Quest’s dedicated App Lab.
Enhancing the Roblox Experience with VR
Roblox has a massive user base, with over 66 million daily users across different platforms such as mobile devices, desktops, and Xbox. By partnering with Meta Quest, a leading VR headset, Roblox aims to provide users aged 13 and older with a new and immersive way to enjoy the platform.
Opportunities for Developers
This collaboration opens up exciting opportunities for developers to create and share their experiences with millions of people on Meta Quest. Developers will have the option to bring their existing Roblox experiences to VR or design new ones specifically for VR. Roblox’s universal design allows these experiences to seamlessly run on multiple platforms, making it easier for developers to adapt their content.
Roblox’s cross-platform compatibility means that the Meta Quest community can enjoy experiences alongside other Roblox users on Xbox, iOS, Android, and desktop. This fosters a sense of connection and enables friends to explore Roblox’s 3D immersive platform together, regardless of the device or platform they use.
Extensive Library of VR Content
With Roblox’s availability on Meta Quest, users will have access to a vast library of content to explore and enjoy on their Meta Quest devices. Roblox offers over 15 million active experiences, including games, worlds, and social spaces. This integration with Meta Quest expands the possibilities for users to discover new and exciting VR experiences within the Roblox universe.
Open Beta for Feedback and Refinement
To ensure a smooth launch, an Open Beta for Roblox on Meta Quest’s App Lab will be released in the coming weeks. This phase allows developers to gather valuable feedback from VR users who engage with their experiences. It serves as an opportunity for developers to experiment, learn, and refine their VR content before the full release of Roblox on the Meta Quest Store. It’s important to note that the Open Beta will only support Meta Quest 2 and Meta Quest Pro devices.
Preparing for Launch
Roblox is actively preparing for the launch on Meta Quest by adding ‘VR’ as a new device type on the Access page of the Creator Dashboard and the Game Settings panel in Roblox Studio. Developers will have control over whether their experiences can run wirelessly on Meta Quest 2 and Meta Quest Pro devices using a new checkbox. This setting will eventually extend to all officially supported VR headsets.
Supporting PC VR Headsets
Roblox remains committed to supporting PC VR headsets alongside the new standalone VR mode on Meta Quest. Currently, experiences published to ‘Desktop’ will continue to be available on PC VR. However, in the future, only experiences published to ‘VR’ (with the ‘VR’ checkbox checked) will be accessible on PC VR. Advance notice will be provided before implementing this change.
Roblox’s collaboration with Meta Quest marks an exciting leap into the world of VR, offering users a new level of immersion and interactivity. With the upcoming Open Beta and the support of developers, Roblox is poised to deliver a compelling VR experience to its dedicated community of players.
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