Meta has made an exciting announcement for South African gamers yesterday, revealing that the popular metaverse platform Roblox is set to arrive on Meta Quest VR headsets. This news has sparked anticipation and excitement among gaming enthusiasts in South Africa, as they eagerly await the immersive Roblox experience on the Meta Quest platform. The rollout will commence with an open beta, which will be available on App Lab in the coming weeks.
Roblox has gained significant popularity worldwide and is recognized as a major player in the metaverse space. Speculation regarding Roblox’s compatibility with Meta Quest VR headsets had been circulating, and the official announcement has confirmed the integration. South African players will be able to access the Quest version of Roblox on various models, including the Quest 2 and Quest Pro. Moreover, Meta has confirmed that the forthcoming Quest 3 will also support Roblox, ensuring compatibility across the latest VR hardware.
During the open beta phase, Roblox’s developer community will have the opportunity to optimize existing games for the Quest platform and create new experiences specifically tailored for virtual reality. This collaborative effort will allow South African gamers to provide feedback and suggestions, enabling developers to iterate and improve their VR offerings. The goal is to enhance the overall Roblox experience before its full release on the Meta Quest Store.
In a blog post, Meta stated, “Roblox is automatically publishing some experiences that use default player scripts to support VR devices. They’ve found that those experiences typically run well in VR without modifications, so they’re seeding the Roblox VR library with great content from day one. And because Roblox is cross-platform, you’ll be able to connect, play, and hang out with friends across Xbox, iOS, Android, and desktop — helping to make VR more social than ever before.”
The announcement aligns with remarks made by Roblox CEO Dave Baszucki during an investor call in 2021, where he expressed that Quest is a natural fit for the Roblox platform. This indicates that the company had been planning to bring Roblox to Meta Quest VR headsets, and the upcoming integration fulfills this vision.
While Roblox already supports various VR headsets such as Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, South African players currently need to connect their PCs to a VR headset to enjoy the immersive gameplay. The availability of Roblox directly on the Quest platform is expected to simplify the experience, making it more accessible and user-friendly. Players will eventually be able to download Roblox directly from the Meta Quest Store, eliminating the need for a separate device.
The Quest version of Roblox will cater to individuals aged 13 and above, adhering to the platform’s existing guidelines. Meta has promised to provide more details as the open beta approaches, building anticipation among South African gamers eagerly awaiting the release.
Adding to the excitement surrounding the Roblox integration, Meta has also unveiled the Meta Quest 3, the latest addition to its VR headset lineup. Priced at 9,481 South African Rand (ZAR), the Quest 3 is 1,900 ZAR more expensive than its predecessor, the Quest 2, which debuted in 2020. The new headset boasts high-resolution color mixed reality, is 40% thinner than the Quest 2, and incorporates the latest Snapdragon technology. With improved resolution displays and 2x GPU performance, the Quest 3 is set to deliver a premium VR experience.
The Meta Quest 3 is scheduled for release in the upcoming fall season, further enhancing the immersive capabilities of Roblox on the Meta Quest platform. As the metaverse continues to evolve and expand, Meta remains committed to pushing the boundaries of virtual reality and transforming social interactions within virtual worlds.