Facebook launches AR games for Messenger video chat
Facebook has introduced AR games for its messaging app, Messenger. These AR games can be played while video chatting on Messenger, with support for up to six players at a time.
The social networking giant started rolling out the feature on Wednesday with two games -- "Don't Smile" which challenges who can hold a serious face the longest and "Asteroids Attack" that requires participants to navigate a spaceship.
"We're 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'," Nora Micheva, Product Manager at Facebook Messenger wrote in a blog post.
Users will need to have the latest version of Messenger to try out these games.
How does it work?
To get started, open an existing conversation or find the person or group of people you would like to chat with and tap the video icon on the upper right corner of the screen.
Then simply 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 is time to get your game on.
The blog post further highlights that Messenger recorded over 17 billion video chats last year, twice as many as the year before.