We have been ready an awfully very long time for one thing to lastly drag digital actuality into the mainstream, and perhaps—simply perhaps—that is it: Roblox, the massively well-liked gaming platform that pulls in additional individuals each single day than there are Canadians in Canada, is coming very quickly to Meta Quest VR headsets.

The VR model of Roblox will probably be obtainable on the Meta Quest 2 and Quest Professional headsets, and the brand new Quest 3 when it launches later this yr. It can initially be obtainable in open beta, which Meta stated will probably be “an amazing alternative for the Roblox developer neighborhood to optimize their current video games for Quest and construct new ones for VR.”

Some current Roblox “experiences,” as they’re formally identified, will probably be revealed for the Roblox VR lineup mechanically, as a result of they work as they’re. “[Roblox has] discovered that these experiences usually run properly in VR with out modifications, in order that they’re seeding the Roblox VR library with nice content material from day one,” Meta stated. Roblox in VR may even be cross-compatible with different platforms, together with Xbox, iOS, Android, and desktop, which can “make VR extra social than ever earlier than.”

Roblox is undeniably an enormous get for Meta’s VR efforts. There was some imprecise expectation that Half-Life: Alyx may assist carry VR gaming into the mainstream, however three years after sparking a bump in VR possession, it’s fizzled out fully: the Steam {Hardware} and Software program survey signifies that the whole variety of Steam customers geared up with VR headsets stays caught at properly beneath 2%.

However where Alyx is a one-and-done game, Roblox has tens of millions of various “experiences” on faucet, and tens of tens of millions of people who find themselves desirous to play them each day. The sheer scale of that pre-existing library and viewers—and the truth that, usually talking, Roblox gamers are usually youthful than different mainstream players, and so are maybe extra open-minded about embracing new tech—makes me assume that perhaps—simply perhaps—this could be where the tide turns for VR.

Robox on Meta Quest VR headsets will probably be restricted to gamers 13 and up, and entry will be managed by the present Meta Quest parental supervision instruments. A rollout date hasn’t been introduced however Meta stated the open beta will kick off “within the coming weeks.” Extra data will probably be shared because the open beta will get nearer to launch.