Facebook introduces video chat AR games for Messenger

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Facebook has launched a handful of internally developed augmented reality games that can be played during Messenger video chats.

The more surprising thing should be that anyone was shocked at all, as Facebook continues to look for new ways to keep customers engaged on its platforms.

Messenger's AR video games work within video calls - when you video call a friend, or a group of friends, you can start playing these AR games within the video call.

The tech giant owns both WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, but it appears keen to push users towards the latter for video calls with the most recent update.

The Facebook Messenger app is rolling out these AR Games for all users starting today.

There are two games that will initially be available for users to plan with more set to be released soon. On Snapchat, you get to play an AR game on a snap and send that as a regular snap to your friends.

Although the novelty of games can wear off, perhaps Facebook is content putting time and resources behind it for now.

"For the moments when we can't be together IRL, Messenger video chat helps you connect in real-time with the people you care about most", said Nora Micheva, product manager for Messenger at Facebook. This new feature is indeed a leap towards AR gaming experience on messaging apps. Open a new or existing video 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.

The Messenger games can be played with up to six people and there's more now in the pipline, including "Beach Bump" and "Kitten Kraze".

Ever wish you could spice up a video chat with flying asteroids? This feature allows up to six people to play the AR games at a time via video chat.

While the AR game Don't smile is the virtual interpretation of the ultimate staring game, the Asteroid attack game requires users to guide a spaceship through their nose while avoiding obstacles.

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