It might be time to reconnect in Fortnite. Starting today, players can video chat while playing Fortnite thanks to the integration with Epic’s Houseparty app.
It seems part of Epic’s ongoing plan to equip Fortnite with features that will keep players in the game longer as the company seeks to make Fortnite the Metaverse, the universe of virtual worlds that are all interconnected like in novels like Snow Crash and Ready Player One.
Houseparty video chat is currently available to Fortnite players on PC, PlayStation 5, and PlayStation 4. Players also need an iOS or Android mobile device with the Houseparty app installed. With the app installed, players can link their Houseparty accounts to their Epic Games accounts to get started.
The fact that you can’t do this on Xbox devices just yet shows that Sony made some gains when they invested $ 250 million in Epic and started what Epic CEO Tim Sweeney called a “special relationship.”
With accounts linked, a gamer can launch Fortnite on a PC or PlayStation and make sure a mobile device is positioned so that it completely frames itself in the picture. Then they can talk to their friends while they play Fortnite.
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For security reasons, the house party video chat in Fortnite is tailored to focus on the players’ faces. You get a virtual Fortnite-themed background so that other players only see your face.
Parents can turn off Houseparty video chat within Fortnite’s parental controls. The Houseparty video chat on Fortnite is designed for people aged 13 and over as you must be at least 13 years old to create a Houseparty account.
Regarding the Metaverse, Epic Games announced earlier this week that it is acquiring technology from Hyprsense, a developer of real-time facial animation technology.
The technology helps animate digital cartoon characters to make them look believable and move believably. The idea is to help people express themselves with avatars or virtual characters that they create.
With this acquisition, Epic can make content production more accessible. Epic also acquired 3Lateral and Cubic Motion as part of its efforts to create digital people.
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