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Facebook launches AR games

Facebook has launched two augmented reality games for its Messenger app.

The social media network's latest update allows users to compete with up to six friends on Don't Smile and Asteroids Attack.

The first of these AR games sees users challenged not to smile first, while the latter involves navigating a spaceship, as reported by The Verge.

You must have the latest version of Messenger to play, which you can do by opening a conversation and tapping the video icon in the top right corner of the screen, before hitting the star button and then choosing one of the games.

The chosen friend will then get a notification, and if they accept the game will start in a live video chat with the cameras pointed at everyone's faces.

'Beach Bump' - which involved passing an AR ball between users - and cat matching game 'Kitten Craze' are also set to be released in the near future.

Asked by Tech Crunch if the AR studio tool used to make the games would be made available for people to create their own, a spokesperson said: "Not today, but we've seen successful short-session AR games developed by the creator community and are always looking out for ways to bring the best AR content to the FB family of apps."

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