For this year forward, forget VR and embrace yourself to experience AR-Augmented Reality. The phenomenon has captivated people for quite a long time. With Magic Leap AR headset’s launch, Facebook also introduced its first ever AR games feature on Messenger. The idea was to make the video chat a little more interesting with Snapchat feel.
What is it?
The AR feature lets you play video games with up to six members. The company has come up with two video chat games so far. The feature is available worldwide. The games it has introduced are a good time kill.
Don’t smile, as the name suggests, is a game where you are not allowed to smile. It’s actually a better version of staring contests we all absolutely love. The AR will distort your face, transform it into an exaggerated joker smirk and do funny things with it. The moment you smile or even grin even slightest, the AR will detect it and give a point to your opponent.
It is yet another interesting AR integrated video chat game. You have to move your face around to navigate to a spaceship. Avoid rocks and grab beam powerups whenever you see one.
Facebook is also working on two more cool games i.e. Kitten Craze and Beach Bump. By far, the games are looking ads-free. We don’t know whether or not there will be sponsored ads on it in the future.
How does it work?
Below are the steps to guide you how to play AR games using Messenger video chat feature.
- The users need to install the latest version of Messenger to be able to play it.
- Open the conversation with a friend with whom you’d like to play.
- On the upper right corner of the screen, you’ll see the video icon. Tap it.
- Now tap the start button and pick the AR game you’d like to play.
- Now you’re good at your end. A notification will be sent to your friend mentioning the game.
What do we think about it?
Snapchat has been working to incorporate AR that pops over the user’s face. Facebook took the inspiration from Snapchat’s series of AR games called ‘Snappable’ launched three months ago. This is one of the most interesting things happened to Messenger. After Sephora’s virtual try room where you could see how the lipstick looks on you, if developed, even more, this may be the next big thing in online video chat games.