Roblox debuted on Oculus Rift, bringing with it a massive library of content that players have created. This effectively adds social gaming to virtual reality (VR).
Roblox CEO David Baszucki said that their vision for VR is to create the “ultimate platform for sharing your imagination”. With a community of 300,000 developers, and over 20 million monthly visitors, Roblox has become more immersive, and claims the stake of being the world’s largest social virtual reality platform.
Traditional virtual reality provides players a never-before-seen world that they can experience and immerse in. But these worlds were created by someone else. With Roblox, VR worlds are user generated. That is, you create your own virtual reality with little to no knowledge about game design. “Instead of accessing it in your living room with your controller, you literally can jump into this content”, Baszucki added.
The company launched a “publish once, play anywhere” platform that resulted in 15 million game titles to start with. Roblox is providing users a platform to play games, enjoy social experiences, or pretend to be something else. For instance, they can jump into the body of a bird using the Bird Simulator. They can also play with friends traditional first-person shooter games.
As social experiences go, Roblox allows people to get together in a virtual space and play across platforms at the same time. This means they are not hanging out in empty virtual rooms, similar to what they will experience with Oculus, as the social network is still in the early stages of developing VR experiences. This is why Roblox is beating Oculus in terms of social experience.
In an interview with GamesBeat, Baszucki said that they foresee social play and great content to become the core of a great VR. It would become really important to find the environment and content that would allow friends to enjoy and share the same virtual reality world.
“Finding what me and my friends want to do – if we want to go to the Wild West have a gun fight… is going to be really important”.
Roblox has achieved its social and interactive philosophy by providing players a sense that their friends are right there with them.
As part of Oculus Rift, playing Roblox means using cutting-edge high-end head-mounted displays. This can cause motion sickness due to images not lining up.
The game platform has resolved the problem by reducing acceleration when falling and jumping. This way, images are easier on the eyes and the brain.
There is also an option to play games in third person to help users keep their bearings.
Roblox on Oculus Rift also means users can create VR experiences with 3D features, add more detail to VR worlds, and add more depth into gameplay. Basically, users can use every tool and features available to them from Rift.
They can also take advantage of Roblox’s monetization features to make money with their VR creations.
The California-based company is also working to support other VR headsets.