After its announcement at RDC 2023, Roblox Connect has finally launched to Robloxians aged 13 and up. In what the platform is calling the “future of immersive communication”, this tool allows you to video call with your online friends using your Roblox avatars.
Roblox has slowly been adding features to allow for more immersive communication between players, such as voice chat and real-time animations for avatars, but Roblox Connect takes this to a new level. In addition, the platform is making the feature’s calling APIs open-source, meaning that Roblox game developers can start finding ways to integrate immersive communication into their experiences.
This opens up a whole range of possibilities for the future of games on the platform. Imagine you’re playing Roblox’s Brookhaven or another popular life sim and you can literally talk to your friends using your animated avatar and voice chat. Of course, this immediately raises some safety concerns, but Roblox Connect builds on the existing moderation and age-restriction policies of voice chat and facial animation, as well as introducing ways to block conversations, decline calls, and report players.