- Ryan Gutierrez
- 09 Sep 2023
Roblox Set to Debut on PlayStation, Unveils Avatar-Based Video Chat Feature
In a significant development for the gaming community, Roblox, the widely acclaimed online game platform, is all set to mark its debut on PlayStation in October 2023. The announcement came at the Roblox Developers Conference (RDC) and has created quite a buzz in the gaming sector. What's more, it won't just be restricted to the latest PS5 but will also be available on the PS4, ensuring a wider reach among gaming enthusiasts. The cherry on the cake? It will be free to download!
Roblox was already a hit on various other platforms such as PC, Mac, iOS, Android, and Xbox. Although it isn't accessible on the Switch yet, CEO David Baszucki, in a recent earnings call, hinted at the possibility of its launch on the Switch and PlayStation. In other exciting news, the VR version of Roblox is slated for a launch on the Meta Quest platform later this month following a successful testing phase.
As for its PlayStation releases, the company is promising to offer Sony fans the entire catalog of Roblox experiences. In simple terms, gamers should be able to download it and dive straight into their preferred creations. The delay in PlayStation release might have been due to Sony's apprehensions about child safety issues, as a document that emerged last year indicated the console manufacturer's reluctance to embrace Roblox.
This wasn't all that was announced at the RDC. Roblox also revealed its proprietary version of video chat that integrates Roblox avatars for personal conversations with other users. Adding another feather to its cap, the company also launched a new AI chatbot, aptly named Roblox Assistant. This chatbot uses generative AI to assist in planning builds, writing code, creating virtual assets, and much more. The AI assistant showcased its prowess by swiftly bringing a user's vision of a game set in ancient ruins to life. It even responded accurately to a request for trees to be chopped down in the game. This innovative use of AI is set to transform the experience of creating Roblox builds.
To summarize, the gaming community has a lot to look forward to with Roblox’s upcoming PlayStation release and the introduction of an avatar-based video chat and AI bot. The PlayStation release, in particular, is a major milestone that has been long-awaited by fans. The innovative tools announced, especially the Roblox Assistant, are set to make the gaming experience more immersive and interactive. Both the video call feature and the AI chatbot are expected to be rolled out in the coming months. As we wait in anticipation of these developments, it's clear that Roblox is committed to enhancing its user's gaming experience, continually pushing boundaries, and setting new standards in the industry.