Augmented Reality Turns FPS ‘Guns of Boom’ Into a Spectator Sport With the Help of ARKit

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I’m a firm believer in the ability of augmented reality (AR) and Apple’s ARKit to change the way we play and consume entertainment, but I know we are still at an early stage and we haven’t yet seen what the technology can do. Game Insight, the developer of the multiplayer first person shooter Guns of Boom (Free), has come up with a smart way of using AR and Apple’s ARKit to bring Guns of Boom to life for those spectating. As you can see in the video below, the developers are using augmented reality to enable you to watch a 3D version of the unfolding action from an overhead rather than first person perspective. And as you move your device around, you get to see the events from different angles. If you want to, you can also watch the action from first person perspective, although I think overhead cameras make it more fun.

This isn’t just a proof of concept for the developer; the AR spectating app will launch once iOS 11 hits, so you’ll be able to use it (if you have an iOS 11 device). Ideas like this one raise all kinds of interesting possibilities. For instance, I’d enjoy watching a Hearthstone pro match take place on the table in front of me and have the ability to flip the table around and pick the perspective I want. Do you have any cool ideas on how ARKit could be used for spectating?

[via Venturebeat]

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