The company, Epic Games, the developer of the famous Fortnite game, announced the launch of a new video chat feature that will allow Fortnite players to see their friends while playing.
The company said: The new feature will allow players to see live broadcasts of their friends inside the game. It is available as of today, and will be available initially for PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 from Sony.
The new feature comes from Epic Games in cooperation with the chat app (Houseparty), which the company acquired last year. The company has been using it since last September to support the cross-platform voice chat feature in the game Fortnite.
In order to take advantage of the new feature, the user must link his account in the game to the (House Party) account, then the Fortnite mode option can be activated in the application. Then, the user can create a party for friends, and their picture will be displayed in the left corner of the screen while playing.
The company explained that it is possible to create a party with up to 10 people together, however, only four will appear in the game, and the appearance will be limited to the most recent activity.
In order to activate the feature, the user must – in addition to owning the Fortnite game on a personal computer, or (PlayStation 4) and (PlayStation 5) platforms – install the (House Party) application on Android or iOS devices to use it as a camera.
In order to focus on people, the (House Party) app will only display the face, which means that the camera will automatically focus on the user’s face, then replace a colored background with the user’s background. If the user’s face moves out of the camera’s field of view, only the colored background will be visible to other users.
Epic Games has bought Hyprsense, a real-time facial animation technology, so that it can put your facial expressions directly into a video game character using a simple webcam, a technology that looks very suitable for Fortnite.
The constant update has transformed Fortnite from a game into a popular social space for spending time with friends.