Virtual reality is expected to be big business in the coming years, granting gamers with an opportunity to explore and expand their horizons with immersion the likes of which we haven't seen before. One way of being able to dive into the VR space is by creating your own games.
IGN takes a different approach to the recent news that Roblox is now VR-ready. They talk about the possibilities that gamers have in creating their own content to experience virtual reality on their own terms, as opposed to purchasing games off the Oculus Rift store or from the SteamVR-ready section of Valve's digital distribution service.
In the recent press release they noted that there are more than 300,000 creators making content in Roblox and that the game making tool services more than 20 million users a month. It's massive.
The software set can be played through a browser-style app for free, enabling players to build blocky cities, arenas, towns or villages on a whim. Recently they made a smoothing tool so that the voxel creation process is a lot more streamlined and high-quality compared to the square blocks that defined the look of Roblox in the past.
Players can make whatever kind of content they want, ranging from role-playing games and first-person shooters, to more socially amiable games such as a riff on America's Next Top Model or a clone of Sega's popular party game, Super Monkey Ball. One of the more popular games is a pizza restaurant where multiple players work together to deliver pizzas to other players.
Roblox games can be monetized through the service using “robux”, which is a form of cash shop currency. Content creators can have players pay for certain services or the game itself for a small robux fee. Virtual reality content for the program can also be monetized, giving creators taking advantage of the VR advent an opportunity to cash in big on the craze of the new immersion-centered gameplay content.
Even with the introduction of virtual reality content, Roblox will continue to remain free for players; making, creating and playing games.
As we noted in our own article about the introduction of VR into the program, the controls have been refined to accommodate traditional controllers or the new 3D wireless controllers for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift... official support for those wireless controllers is coming soon for Roblox.
In the meantime, content creators are encouraged to take full advantage of the new VR capabilities now that the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are out and about on the market.
A lot of developers are banking on how big virtual reality will be in the coming years, but some worry about the spec requirements and the costs of the headset. On the upside for something like Roblox, it can work very much with more cost effective VR solutions and the game's low-spec requirements make it accessible to gamers on even the most stringent of budgets. The CEO of the company mentioned that the game won't require a high-end rig to enjoy the benefits of a virtual reality experience.
You can hop right into Roblox right now, for free.