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Roblox Announces New “Calling” Feature for Users

Roblox, the popular gaming platform, has announced a new in-game “calling” feature that will be available to users by the end of the year. The feature, called Roblox Connect, will allow users to make calls within the Roblox app to their friends who also have the app downloaded on their phones.

The Roblox Connect feature will utilize new facial animation capabilities to make avatars appear more lifelike. Roblox has described this technology as a mobile version of a Hollywood-style motion capture studio, allowing for a more immersive and realistic experience during conversations.

When a user initiates a call through Roblox Connect, a notification will appear on the friend's phone similar to a regular phone call. Once the call is answered, the recipient will join the caller within the Roblox app, where they can interact with each other using their avatars.

The purpose of introducing this calling feature is to enhance communication among Roblox users, particularly within families and friends. Roblox envisions scenarios where parents can easily communicate important messages to their children through the game or where musicians can connect with their fans through avatar-to-avatar interactions.

It is worth noting that Roblox Connect will be available only to users who are verified to be 13 years old and above. This serves as a safety measure to ensure appropriate and secure communication within the platform.

Overall, the introduction of the Roblox Connect calling feature demonstrates the platform's commitment to providing more engaging and interactive experiences for its users. By incorporating lifelike avatars and convenient in-game calls, Roblox aims to strengthen connections and foster communication within its community.

Sources:
– Roblox Developers Conference, September 8, 2023