Roblox aims to let anyone type to create virtual worlds

Feb 18

AI chatbots can give plausible, if overconfident, natural language responses, but what if an AI could design unique virtual worlds from text descriptions?

The youth-focused virtual ecosystem Roblox is exploring that prospect with its developer tools, which allow anyone to construct experiences and virtual things.

The company is evaluating two generative AI implementations: one that makes virtual materials from natural language prompts (the automobile textures in the movie below) and another that develops code from text inputs. Roblox Studio developers will receive both in future weeks.

Some creators can code but lack experience making high-fidelity 3D models. "Others may be more familiar with model design but less with code," Roblox CTO Daniel Sturman stated in a blog post. “In both cases, we envisage a future in which even a newbie (like me - I'm a lousy artist!) may receive a running head start as they attempt to bring their imagination to life in a Roblox experience.”

In recent years, the company has stated its objective of becoming the metaverse's infrastructure—not only a place to hang out in virtual worlds but the toolset to build them. Roblox competes with Epic Games, but AI-based tooling like this might make it an even more enticing platform for inexperienced game developers to produce the successful virtual spaces that make Roblox so sticky with young users.

Source: TechCrunch

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