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Is Roblox adding voice chat? Release date and fan reaction

ROBLOX is finally going to add voice chat to the game – after years of only offering text.

Here's a quick guide on everything we know about the upgrade so far.

What is Roblox voice chat?

Roblox is a wildly popular "building" game like Minecraft.

Until now, players could only communicate via text – but that's about to change.

"Text chat is the core of Roblox communication today," said Roblox engineering chief Adam Miller.

"In the future, we expect to open up communication through safe voice chat."

There's no official release date for voice chat.

Is Roblox voice chat safe?

While most fans are happy about voice chat, there are some concerns around safety for younger players.

We still don't have all the details on how the system works.

Until then, it's impossible to say if it's safe for youngsters.

And arguably no online communication system is truly ever safe – for kids or adults.

But Roblox is at least thinking about safety, security and privacy.

"Safety is paramount," said Miller.

"We filter all text communications to block inappropriate content, including profanity and personal information.

"The goal is to enable safe and positive communication.

"Communicating with friends is key to our social experience.

"When users communicate, they engage more, play together more, and even make more purchases."

What is Roblox?

Roblox is a massively multiplayer game aimed at younger players.

It lets anyone design their own mini-games and virtual worlds.

These "social network" games are created using Lego-like virtual blocks.

Players can create their own avatars, and speak to other gamers in real-time.

The game was released back in 2006, and now has more than 164million players globally.

It's available on iPhone, iPad, Mac, Windows, Android, Xbox One and even Facebook's Oculus Rift VR headset.

Roblox has proved controversial due to the creation of sex games inside the app by a handful of creepy players.

These areas are meant to be adult only, but some children have managed to access them when in-game roadblocks failed.

The game is age-rated 7+ in the UK and Europe.

Roblox kids' game haven for Jihadi, Nazi and KKK roleplay featuring virtual bombings and murders

In other news, The Sun's favourite alternative to a games console is the Oculus Quest 2 VR headset.

Grab a VR headset and you'll be able to play the legendary Beat Saber – like Guitar Hero, but with lightsabers.

And Dell's Alienware R10 Ryzen Edition is a gaming PC powerhouse that crushes both the new consoles.

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