Like many technology companies these days, Roblox Corp. is attempting to create a metaverse with Roblox, and communication will play a big role in that vision. To that end, the company has announced that a new voice chat system called “Spatial Voice” is rolling out now in the game by invitation only as part of a beta program.
The idea of Spatial Voice is to have a voice chat system that allows players to have conversations that “happen in a realistic way, mirroring how we listen and respond to the world around us each day.” The overarching goal is to make Spatial Voice a “realistic, safe, and easy” tool for players to use “across all Roblox experiences,” Roblox chief product officer Manuel Bronstein said in a blog post.
“As the metaverse continues to grow and bring people together in new, unexpected, and exciting ways, Roblox anticipates that communication will have an increasingly integral role,” Bronstein said. “We are embarking on this long-term vision for the future of communication because it allows us to be measured and thoughtful in our approach. This will enable us to introduce capabilities that serve the needs of the Roblox community, uphold our standards for digital civility, and contain the necessary safeguards to protect users of all ages. We believe that a mix of the right communication features and safety measures will further elevate the shared experiences of the metaverse, and we are eager to partner with our community to bring these features to life.”