Roblox held its annual Developers Conference on 6 September, where they made several new announcements. One of the significant features that they announced was Roblox Connects. It is a feature that will allow players to call each other within the app and leverage new facial animation capabilities to allow players to express their emotions more realistically.
Roblox Connect will be available to users who are 13 or older and have the app downloaded to their phone. Players must tap the Roblox Connect icon in the game’s chat menu to make a call. The call request will then appear on the recipient’s phone, and they can choose to answer or decline.
“We believe that Roblox Connect will be a valuable tool for our community,” said CEO David Baszucki. “It will allow players to stay connected with each other no matter where they are in the world, and it will also help them to express their emotions more realistically.”
The new facial animation capabilities allow players to express their emotions more realistically during calls. For example, players can smile, frown, or raise their eyebrows to convey their feelings.
The company shared in a press release today about the facial recognition feature:
“Behind the scenes, we’re essentially packaging a Hollywood-style motion capture studio into something that runs on a mobile phone or laptop—without the need for equipment or motion-tracking dots.”
Roblox Connect is scheduled to launch later this year.
Here are some additional details about Roblox Connect:
- The calls will be made over Wi-Fi or cellular data.
- The calls will be encrypted to protect the privacy of the users.
- The calls will be limited to 10 minutes per call.
- This feature will be available in all countries where the game is available.
Roblox Connect is a significant development that could have a major impact on the gaming industry. It will be interesting to see how the feature is used by players and developers in the months and years to come.
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