Facebook Messenger launches two AR games – Tech| Top Stories
Facebook has launched two augmented reality (AR) games on its Messenger platform that allows users to challenge their friends whilst catching up in real-time on video chat.
The social media giant says the new selection of interactive games utilises AR technology to allow users to play competitively while using face filters as seen on the likes of rival SnapChat and its very own Instagram Stories module.
From today, the two games are available to play for any Messenger users in the UK.
The first of which is called Don’t Smile, a chance for you to practice your poker face whilst challenging friends to see who can keep a straight face the longest.
“Whoever cracks first will see their face morph into a big goofy grin,” the company said.
The second new Messenger AR game is a modern version of the 1979 Atari classic Asteroids, called Asteroids Attack.
“When playing the game, you’ll find a spaceship perched on your nose,” Facebook explained. “Move back and forth to protect the spaceship from falling asteroids and make sure to unlock the asteroid blaster as they come down on the screen.”
The use of AR filters in Facebook Messenger are by no means new – the firm actually introduced them to video chat last summer.
However, this is the first time we’ve seen them as part of real-time gaming experience on the platform. Something which Facebook says will “take the user experience to the next level by bringing more interactive, fun, and engaging features” to the app.
Facebook also noted that use of the video chat in Messenger has increased “dramatically” – especially since in introducing AR filters – and 2017 saw an astonishing 17 billion video chats take place, twice as many compared to 2016.