Less than four months after Snapchat launched its Snappables platform, Facebook has taken on the challenge with its own AR gaming feature that surpasses the originator.
As of Wednesday in the multiplayer video for users on the Messenger App for iOS and Android Chat AR games now allow up to six users to play in real time.
By comparison, users must record their experiences and send them to others, even though Snapchat includes AR experiences in group video chats. 19659004] Facebook scores win Snapchat with AR Gaming for Messenger Video ” width=”156″ height=”156″ style=”max-width:532px;height:auto;”
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"For the moments when we can not be together IRL, Messenger Videochat helps you get in touch with the people you care about in real time. DIFFICULT LIVING LIFE Makes the Difference if You Want to Share Exciting News, Need a Study Partner for a Great Test, or You Just Wanna Spending time together, "wrote Nora Micheva, Facebook's product manager for Messenger, in a blog post.
"Today we look forward to making even more fun with your friends in Video Chat – and with multiplayer Video Chat AR games, allowing you to play with up to six people at a time, which greatly simplifies the gaming experience interactive and social. "
The games are activated via the video icon in each chat in the latest version of the Messenger app. Users tap the star key and select one of the available games, and other users are notified that it is game time.
Two games will be available at launch. "Do not Smile" is an AR recording of the classic Starting Contest, in which the winner is the one who can look serious the longest. The other starting game is "Asteroids Attack," which asks users to guide a spaceship into AR with their noses (talk about innovative facial recognition applications).
Other upcoming experiences include "Beach Bump," where attendees pass by a beach ball (and wish they were actually on the beach), and "Kitten Kraze", where the players (probably loveable) cats match. In addition, the platform is supported by Facebook AR Studio, so expect more third-party games in the future
Facebook often gets shadows for copying Snapchat. But in this case, while Snapchat has already gone for monetization for its gaming platform, Facebook has managed to copy not just Snapchat but actually a feature that is superior to the original concept. In the game of AR feature one-upmanship, a score for Facebook.