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Fortnite receives video calls during games thanks to its new integration with HouseParty



Video calls or video chat is one of the trends of 2020 due to COVID-19, and Epic Games did not want to miss the opportunity to take them to Fortnite. To do this, it has resorted to one of the applications that starred in the months of confinement, HouseParty, which they bought last year, and which allowed interactive video calls.



Until now, Fortnite had no video chat in or out of games, and now we can see our friends live while we play the most popular Battle Royale.



The video in Fortnite, available on PC, PS4 and PS5




Fortnite Houseparty



Unfortunately for users who play on mobile, Fortnite video calls will only be available on PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. The explanation that exists is that mobile phones with iOS and Android will act as cameras.



While we start a Fortnite game on one of the supported platforms, we will have to open HouseParty on the mobile to start broadcasting. According to The Verge, Epic says that seeing yourself on video while playing Fortnite is something that users were already doing on their own, so it would be nothing more than integrating observed behavior. These are the steps to follow to start the video, according to Epic:




  • Open Houseparty on iOS or Android and connect to Fortnite through Settings or the TV icon.

  • Join your friends as usual or invite them to join you.

  • Launch Fortnite on PC or PlayStation.

  • Keep talking to your friends while you play.




Fortnite Control



The video will only collect our face thanks to Apple and Google facial recognition libraries. Everything else will be replaced with a colored background. If we move and stop appearing on camera, HouseParty will only show the background color, for security reasons.







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In this sense, parents or guardians can disable Houseparty video calls in the Fortnite parental control. The company says they are "designed for users 13 years and older, as You must be at least 13 years old to create a Houseparty account".



More information | Epic games






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