16:9 Experience Thumbnails Are Coming to Home in April – Update Yours Now

Hello Creators,

As part of our ongoing efforts to enhance user experience, we’re gearing up to launch larger tiles with 16:9 thumbnails on Home Recommendations across mobile, web, and desktop in early April.

This means bigger and better representation for your experiences! These new tiles with 16:9 thumbnails will replace the current icons within the Recommendations section of Home.

Action needed: Before April, we highly recommend reviewing your asset list to ensure that the first 16:9 thumbnail accurately represents what you wish to showcase to users on Home. This could significantly improve the effectiveness of your Home recommendations.

Why the Change?

How Home will look after this launch in early April.

As we explained in our discovery vision post, we want Home to be increasingly immersive and provide more visual information for our users to make a decision. Part of this vision involves tailoring the size of the experience tile on Home to cater to varying user needs. For new recommendations requiring more immersive evidence to guide user decisions, a larger grid tile size is essential. But for recommendations aimed at reminding users of familiar experiences, such as the Continue section within Home, we’ve found that using smaller tile sizes works better.

After testing 16:9 thumbnails on Home recommendations, we’ve seen a positive response from our users. Our experiments showed a 7.2% increase in overall unique plays from recommendations on web and desktop. Particularly, experiences with high-quality thumbnails saw even greater improvement during this period. For these reasons, we want to highly encourage you to optimize your thumbnails on Home using the guidelines below.

How you can optimize your 16:9 thumbnails on Home

Post Launch in early April, the first 16:9 image thumbnail in your asset list will be displayed in the recommendations section of Home. Please note that while we continue to experiment with different tile sizes across the home and discovery surfaces, following the launch in early April, your Experience Icons (1:1) will continue to be displayed on the Continue, Sponsored, and Favorite sections of Home, Search, and Discover.

Here’s what you can do to optimize your thumbnails:

  1. Make sure you have your preferred image thumbnail in the first slot of your asset list. If there’s no image thumbnail available for the experience, we’ll automatically display the Roblox thumbnail. However, relying on the default Roblox thumbnail may lower the overall end-to-end conversion rate of your Home recommendations, as they do not effectively represent your experiences.

  2. Check out our new thumbnails guide for tips on optimizing your thumbnail for Home. For instance, avoid placing any essential text or elements at the bottom of the thumbnail, as it could potentially be covered by metadata like the player count.

  3. Continue maintaining your experience icon. Check out our icon guide for tips on optimizing your icon for Home. This will be displayed on the Continue section of Home, Search, and Discover.

  4. Keep an eye on the home recommendations conversion rate in the acquisition page in Creator Analytics to gauge the impact of thumbnail changes. We’ll highlight thumbnails instead of icons in this chart when we switch over to thumbnails for Recommendations.

What’s next

To recap, we’re switching from icons to thumbnails on Home recommendations in early April, so please optimize your thumbnails as soon as possible.

But that’s not all! We’re also working on more ways to help you optimize your experience tiles on Home.

  1. Improved Metadata and Insights on the tile: Moving forward, we will continue to test various insights, such as Player Count (CCU), Friend Activity Presence, and Genre, while also introducing new insights on the tiles. These concerted efforts are aimed to make your experiences more compelling to our users on Home.

  2. Thumbnail Personalization: We are actively exploring a feature that’ll let you show different thumbnails for different Roblox user groups, which could provide additional ways to boost your conversion rate and engagement. Stay tuned for more updates on thumbnail personalization in the coming months.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Thank you.

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The only thing I request is to still display the player counts at the bottom right.


I like the more important use of thumbnails… while not deprecating icons!

I’d like if it could also play multiple images (like a slideshow), and play videos last.

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Did you record the change of unique plays from mobile platforms? I feel like this size is not a good one for phones. How small are the 16:9 icons on phones? They would have to be quite small to fit more than a few on the screen, which makes me concerned that the content of the picture will be hard to distinguish.

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Is this A/B testing or simply showing different thumbnails for different demographics (e.g. region, age group)?


Also, is there potential to have video play when you hover over a game thumbnail? We can have video thumbnails, so it could be interesting to have something close to YouTube’s layout for this.

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Why can’t we select which one we want to show up as the icon?

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really neat! :happy1: This will definitely improve featured experiences!

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Thanks for the new feature this roblox is very cool
However I was thinking if we could have an experience player number below rather than just a friend playing this game /Rating percentage of the game

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It’s about freaking time!! Been waiting for this for a while now. :partying_face::fire:

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I’m afraid videos cannot be played easily, as the video is on YouTube, not Roblox’s platform.

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Cool update ROBLOX, can’t wait to see more exciting updates!

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Videos can just be embedded (aka played and used) using code

That’s how videos can be played and used onto things like Google Slides, Websites, etc.

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An okay improvement for the modern Home page, making the old Discover page almost useless now.

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Will it be on the website? If it will be, it will mess up my custom CSS.

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the post lists web so yes, hopefully it doesn’t cause you too much of an issue

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I wonder how many of these were games that use the large canvas space on thumbnails to advertise false promises of free items/rewards if you play. That’s really not possible on an icon. Just a thought.

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Not particularly, from my personal experience I’ve seen plenty of “free $$$” icons on my feed, sometimes even making it on to front page sorts.

The release of thumbnail-based discovery won’t increase the quantity of these games either. It doesn’t make sense; if the preview is just plain text promising a false reward anyways, the thumbnail space won’t be used any differently.

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Nice, I remember this being a thing like, 12 years ago!

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I had this update on my home page for a while, when you hover over an experience the player count shows up in bottom right corner of the thumbnail.

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The old Discover page has been useless for a while now. Most of the categories are essentially the same thing, such as “Most Earned”, “Popular Worldwide”, “Top Rated”, etc.

I’m actually starting to really enjoy the new Discover page. The scrollable Recommendations page actually works somewhat well to give me games that match my interests, even when they have 0-50 players. This will greatly help newer developers who don’t have an established user base.

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