More and more games are jumping on the AR bandwagon—with mixed success—and today is the turn of the very popular Guns of Boom [Free] to join the ARKit world. The new update adds what the developers are calling an AR Spectator Mode, which allows players to watch matches unfold in real time on their kitchen or living room table. As is the case with other ARKit applications, moving your phone or tablet around will let you experience the match from all kinds of angles and zoom levels, which should make it very entertaining to watch.

ARKit hasn't burned up the gaming world, but we weren't really expecting it to. It's still early days, and most of the older devices aren't that great when doing AR. But as big games like Guns of Boom start to adopt the technology and use it for their esports side, it might become increasingly popular. But only time will tell whether it will become anything more than, well, a spectator sport. We'll probably have to wait for that killer AR-based game (and no, Pokemon GO doesn't count) to hit the App Store and prove that ARKit has legs in the gaming world.

  • bigrand1

    So, in this game mode you just watch it, or are you actually playing it? If I couldn’t play it, there’s no chance of me really wanting to bother with it, I mean, as far as the AR aspect of it goes..... it’d basically be just a demo.