Pokemon GO update adds improved AR features on iOS devices

Pokemon GO is already based on AR (augmented reality) technology, but developer Niantic thought it would be better to update their game with improved AR features. Starting with the latest version of the game, Pokemon encounters will more realistic thanks to AR+.

The new AR+ technology takes advantage of Apple's ARKit framework. So, players using devices running iOS 11 like the iPhone 6s and newer models will be able to experience the new AR+ in Pokemon GO.

Apparently, thanks to AR+, Pokemon are now fixed to a point in space, which means players will be able to walk up close to a Pokemon to see how they'll look in the real world.

Keep in mind though that Pokemon will now run away if they become aware of the players getting too close to them. However, you'll be able to sneak up close to them to earn an Expert Handler bonus, but you'll need to be extra cautious when trying that.

A new awareness meter will now show up next to the Pokemon, and when it's filled, the Pokemon will flee, so keep an eye on that meter. You get one more chance at catching that Pokemon that has just fled by tapping on the tall grass nearby, which might cause him to reappear, but that's not a given.

The Expert Handler bonus awards more XP and Stardust than usual. Overall, if you can catch a Pokemon while in close proximity using AR+, you'll have greater chances of earning better Throw bonuses.

source: Niantic


1 Comment

1. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

I tried this out and have to say it was very disappointing. The AR+ feature seems to be very poorly implemented. As a moved closer to the Pokémon it seemed to move further away at time, wasn't properly fixed to one spot. I may try it every now and then to get some cool AR pictures but will be turning off for the majority of captures.

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