Facebook announced the launch of multiplayer video chat AR games. You can play with up to six people at a time, making the gaming experience much more interactive and social.
With this feature starting to roll out today, you can challenge your friends around the world to two games: see who can hold a serious face the longest with “Don’t Smile”, or see who can better navigate their spaceship with “Asteroids Attack”. Facebook is planning to roll out more games in the coming weeks and months – including passing a beach ball back and forth with “Beach Bump” and a matching cat game with “Kitten Kraze” – so make sure to check back often!
To try these out yourself, make sure you have the latest version of Messenger. Open an existing conversation or find the person or group of people you’d like to chat with and tap the video icon on the upper right corner of the screen. Then tap the star button and select one of the AR games – the person or group you are video chatting with will get a notification indicating it’s time to get your game on.
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People continue to discover video chat in Messenger, with over 17 billion video chats last year, twice as many as the year before. “We hope this new experience – made possible by AR Studio – will help you create fun memories with the people you care about most, even when you can’t be together,” Facebook said in its official blog.