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Spotlight on Roblox Compare

At Roblox, our researchers drive our vision to reimagine the way people come together. We have over 100 PhDs collaborating across the fundamental Roblox Research team and applied Data Science & Analytics, User Research, and advanced engineering R&D teams. Together, they invent the future of Roblox, helping us truly deliver on our value of “taking…

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Introducing Customized Cloth Variants and Contemporary Enhancements to Offers

On the left is a scene rendered with our old materials. On the right is the same scene with our newly enhanced materials, our Future is Bright lighting technology, and physically-based rendering. Today, we’re excited to announce that we’ve officially rolled out a number of advancements to our material system, moving them out of beta…

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Why Inform Creators Are Transferring from 2D Screens to 3D Worlds

Roblox’s vision is to reimagine the way people come together to create, learn, play, work and socialize. We are creating a platform for immersive human co-experience, and people all over the world are participating and contributing millions of 3D experiences, all created by users. As of the first quarter of this year, there are over…

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Handing over Spruce-Scale Platform Reliability

Running any scalable distributed platform demands a commitment to reliability, to ensure customers have what they need when they need it. The dependencies could be rather intricate, especially with a platform as big as Roblox. Building reliable services means that, regardless of the complexity and status of dependencies, any given service will not be interrupted…

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Layers of Genius On the abet of Layered Clothing

After two years of hard work, this morning we formally launched our new Layered Clothing system, which enables clothing and accessories to fit any avatar body type. Users can now outfit existing Roblox avatars with up to 6 layers of clothing, on top of any existing classic clothing. We are already seeing over 2,000 user…

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Real Time Facial Animation for Avatars

Facial expression is a critical step in Roblox’s march towards making the metaverse a part of people’s daily lives through natural and believable avatar interactions. However, animating virtual 3D character faces in real time is an enormous technical challenge. Despite numerous research breakthroughs, there are limited commercial examples of real-time facial animation applications. This is…

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Designing a Mouse Pointer for a Digital Metaverse

The mouse pointer has a long history of being a fundamental part of the modern interface. Windows and Mac system pointers have barely changed in the last few decades. On the other hand, video games have a history of reimagining the pointer. A high proportion of modern desktop video games use custom pointers that are…

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2021 365 days in Review — A Letter from Our CEO

It’s been an extraordinary year for our global Roblox community of users, developers, and employees. We continued to advance our technology to enable deeper forms of communication, immersion, and expression in line with our vision to reimagine the way people come together. We listed Roblox on the New York Stock Exchange, and we hosted our…

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Avatars and Identification within the Metaverse, Phase 2

Read Part 1 of this blog post from our Data Science team here.  In our previous post, we analyzed avatar aesthetics to better understand the behaviors of Roblox users. In Part 2, we continue our investigation into avatar and identity to better understand how users’ real-life identifiers intersect with their Roblox identities.  Age Age is…

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Unleashing Creator Productiveness with Beginning Cloud

One of the key priorities for Roblox development is to give our community of creators the freedom to securely access their Roblox resources from anywhere, allowing for greater flexibility and efficiency with the power of Open Cloud. This technology empowers creators to find and build any applications they need on Roblox through standardized web APIs,…

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