Facebook launches AR Messenger interactive games that allow users to challenge their friends in video chats

Facebook is launching a new set of interactive AR games for Messenger that allow users to apply Instagram-style filters to their faces during video chats in real time with friends

Facebook wants to give life to your group chats in Messenger.

The social networking giant is launching a new set of interactive AR games that allow users to apply Instagram-style filters to their faces during video chats in real time with friends.

Now, users can choose between two multiplayer games called "Do not Smile" and "Asteroids Attack", both available in Messenger from Wednesday.

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Facebook is launching a new set of interactive AR games for Messenger that allow users to apply Instagram-style filters to their faces during video chats in real time with friends

Facebook is launching a new set of interactive AR games for Messenger that allow users to apply Instagram-style filters to their faces during video chats in real time with friends

"In times when we can not be together, IRL, Messenger Video Chat helps you connect in real time with the people that matter most to you," Facebook said in the announcement.

& # 39; … Today we are pleased to make connecting with your friends in video chat even more fun and competitive. – with AR games of multiplayer videogame.

Users can play interactive games in a video chat with up to six people at a time.

& # 39; Asteroid Attack & # 39; It joins a virtual spaceship in the user's nose that they have to protect from being hit by the falling asteroids.

Users move their heads back and forth to avoid asteroids and can even unlock a "blaster asteroid" to shoot them as they slide down on the screen.

& # 39; Do not Smile & # 39; challenges the user to "practice his poker face" and see who can stay face longer.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AR AND VR?

Virtual reality is a computer generated simulation of an environment or situation

  • The user is immersed making them feel as if they were in reality simulated through images and sounds
  • For example, in virtual reality, you may feel that you are climbing a mountain while sitting in your house

In contrast, augmented reality generates computer-generated images of an existing reality

  • AR is developed in applications to bring digital components to the real world
  • For example, in the Pokemon Go app, the characters seem to appear in real-world scenarios

Whoever smiles first will see his face transform into a gigantic smile.

Facebook says it plans to launch even more games in the coming weeks and months, including "Beach Bump", which allows users to pass a round-trip beach ball.

Another game scheduled to launch on Messenger is called "Kitten Kraze".

To try the new AR games on Facebook, make sure you have the latest version of Messenger downloaded to your device.

From there, open a new or existing video chat with friends and touch the video icon in the upper right corner of the screen.

Then click on the star button and select from a list of AR games. The application will notify the person or group in the video chat that you have selected a game.

The games represent Facebook's latest effort to incorporate more augmented reality experiences into your application.

The company first introduced AR filters for video chat last summer and builds on that ever since.

At its annual F8 developer conference, Facebook announced it would launch a new version of AR Studio, which allows creators to create new animations in 3D, AR and virtual reality using a pre-established library.

Facebook says it plans to launch even more games in Messenger in the coming weeks and months, including & # 39; Beach Bump & # 39 ;, which allows users to pass a beach ball back and forth

Facebook says it plans to launch even more games in Messenger in the coming weeks and months, including & # 39; Beach Bump & # 39 ;, which allows users to pass a beach ball back and forth

Facebook says it plans to launch even more games in Messenger in the coming weeks and months, including & # 39; Beach Bump & # 39 ;, which allows users to pass a beach ball back and forth

Facebook has added more and more interactive features to Messenger as a way to attract more users to the application.

Messenger already has 1.3 billion monthly users and Facebook says that more than 17 billion video chats took place in the application last year, double what it saw in 2016.

Facebook is not the only giant in Silicon Valley that has been attracted to AR.

Google also introduced applications based on RA experiences, while Snapchat was by far the first to popularize AR lenses and filters.

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