Roblox shows new bits of the metaverse to its developers

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Roblox does not want to create metaverse, the universe of virtual worlds that are all interconnected, as in novels such as Snow Crash and Ready Player One. Instead, it wants its users to create metaverse. And today, it showed developers several tools that are like stepping stones to do so.

At Roblox Developers Conference 2021, company executives spoke about their vision to continue to entertain and grow beyond its 43 million daily active users in 180 countries.

Roblox chief technology officer Dan Sturman said in a blog post that the Roblox developer community was able to meet with product customers for the first time during the pandemic in both online and personal events. CEO Dave Baszucki and Vice President of Developer Relations Matt Curtis spoke with the developers about the latest platform updates.

Roblox said it will offer the ability to sell “limited-edition” user-generated content elements that allow creators to monetize the first sale of an item and subsequent resale of the item to others. I asked if this meant Roblox moved into non-fungible tokens (NFTs). But the company said: “It’s exactly like limited edition shoes are in the physical world – you either sell a limited number of items or only for a limited period of time, and the items can increase in value over time due to rarity. With Limiteds, we have done so that the original creator could earn Robux for both the first sale and the resale. ”


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With these limited items, the creator name is displayed so that the source is easy to verify and account names are unique so buyers know they are buying from a verified source. In addition, developers will be able to watermark their assets.

And it’s clear that Roblox will not always be known for its Lego-like blocked graphics.

Provides fidelity

Above: Dave Baszucki controls his avatar with his voice and head movements.

Image credit: Roblox

In 2020, Roblox made significant improvements to bring the virtual world to life with improvements in fidelity. The company released Future is Bright, Dynamic Skies and PBR Textures – critical steps forward in the vision of creating immersive rendering and simulation technology. This allows developers to use greater fidelity when customizing the look and feel of their experiences.

The company also pointed to advances in simulation features such as aerodynamics and real-time CSG in experience, enabling photorealistic visuals that can be modified to bring a vision to reality. These enhancements allow developers to build helicopters, planes or cars in rapid motion using real shapes, including curves, and get our physics engine to handle the rest.


Roblox wants its avatars to be a digital version of you, no matter how you move, talk and dress. Recent updates include the upcoming Layered Clothing Studio beta launch and Dynamic Heads beta, which is the first step in allowing users to express the breadth and depth of their emotions and identities.

Layered clothing allows a combinatorial explosion of possibilities to customize an avatar, as any body can be equipped with any layered garment. Meanwhile, Dynamic Heads will bring facial expressions and emotions to life. These releases represent important stepping stones in a wide range of innovations to enhance the expressiveness and combinatorics of the metaverse.

Building a robust economy

Twenty One Pilots do a virtual concert in Roblox.

Above: Twenty One Pilots made a virtual concert in Roblox.

Image credit: Roblox

In addition to creating tools and systems that maximize developer productivity, Roblox creates more opportunities to build a virtual economy.

The platform has 1.3 million developers and creators earning Robux, and this year they are on track to earn $ 500 million from their creations. Last year, Roblox introduced engagement-based payouts (called premium payouts) as a way to reward developers for creating engaging experiences (in addition to earning Robux through experience buying).

Today, 50% of the top 10,000 developers earn more on these engagement-based payouts than experience-based purchases. Roblox also gives developers more ways to make money on the Roblox platform through improvements in sponsored content and the opportunity for some developers to create and sell their own avatar articles.

Roblox Open Cloud

Above: Roblox Developers Conference 2021.

Image credit: Roblox

The future for developers on Roblox is the freedom to do everything on Roblox Open Cloud. Studio has been a well-used tool for our developers. But as society became broader and more diverse, Roblox felt it needed them to have more ability to drive the ecosystem of tools at their disposal.

So Roblox created the open cloud application with the idea that third-party components could simply be connected directly to Roblox’s backend services without having to go through Studio. This will create an ecosystem where developers can build and discover custom tool chains that maximize their productivity.

Opening these interfaces allows for a new class of creators – building new development tools to enable workflows (and possibly offer them to other developers through a marketplace). Roblox Open Cloud enables developers to take their businesses to a new level, meaning support for large teams; support for specific domains, e.g. artists or coders; and integrations with other tools that add richness to the environment.

It also provides users with a secure and flexible platform that allows them to seamlessly access their Roblox resources.


Vans World is a skating rink in Roblox.

Above: Vans World is a skating rink in Roblox. This is user-generated content.

Image credit: Roblox

Storage is an essential part of the scalability of the platform. To give developers more flexibility as data becomes more and more complex, the data warehouse now supports 16 times greater values ​​since the last RDC, and the new high-throughput, low-latency Memory Store data service allows developers to quickly access -continuous data shared across all servers in one experience.

The latter is a way for developers to store and update rankings on a global leaderboard or optimally match-match users in their skill-based experiences. Roblox has one of the largest warehouse networks in the world with intentional infrastructure that drives optimal performance, Sturman said.

Shared substance: Communication and courtesy

Above: Roblox CEO Dave Baszuckis Builderman avatar.

Image credit: Roblox

Roblox has added a whole new dimension to interaction on Roblox through its beta launch of Spatial Voice. Now users can communicate not only through emotions but also through facial expressions captured on webcams. This supports the scalability of meaningful experiences and interactions in the metaverse.

Finally, security and courtesy are fundamental to the company’s vision of creating an inclusive community where everyone feels welcome, Sturman said.

“We are improving our moderation support,” he said. “We’ve reduced bot exposure by over 75% this year and are building tools that allow developers to manage their own communities.”

Future experience guidelines and the newly launched age verification service help enable dynamic levels of safe and civilian interactions across a wide range of experiences. Roblox hopes users and creators will spend less time waiting for moderation and dealing with bad actors and more time making their imaginations come true.

“Looking to the future, we imagine that metaverse will continue to transform how you connect, create, and express yourself through shared experiences,” Sturman said. “You can learn about ancient Rome by walking through its streets with your classmates, rocking out at concerts with friends who live thousands of miles away, and hosting a virtual team-building activity with your colleagues across the globe. Almost everything you can do in real life you can experience on Roblox. We save you a front row seat. ”

Baszucki unveiled the latest version of its own Builderman avatar. He controlled the avatar with his body, moving his head back and forth and speaking with his voice.


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