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‘Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp’ Adds AR, Infuriates Playerbase

Players feel scorned after a new update drops support for older devices.

Nintendo has introduced a new update to Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, a mobile spinoff to the companies beloved social simulator, adding two new augmented reality modes that bring the Animal Crossing world to life in the real world.

Available now as a free update on iOS and Android devices, AR Camera mode lets you select in-game characters and furniture and place them throughout your real-world environment. You can even snap a photo alongside your digital companions and share your adorable selfies with friends. The second mode, AR Cabin, lets you customize your own AR cabin with various props, furniture, and characters and view your virtual home from a variety of angles.

While these new AR features may come as a pleasant surprise to those playing on current gen smartphone devices, this most recent update has also raised the games minimum system requirements, leaving many older gen devices in the dust. According to an official support document, Pocket Camp’s minimum requirements have shifted from iOS 9 to iOS 11; the ideal operating system being iOS 13 and above. Android users will require a 64-bit device with at least 1.5GB of RAM running Android 5.

“Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp cannot be downloaded or played on devices that are no longer supported,” states Nintendo in the support document. “In certain cases, some devices may not be supported even when they meet the conditions listed.”

The latter comment is in reference to players with 64-bit devices running 32-bit operating systems.

Suffice it to say these most recent changes have left a good portion of the Pocket Camp playerbase vocally upset. As pointed out by The Verge, Pocket Camp’s official Twitter account is currently experiencing a wave of negative comments in response to the update, with many players upset about losing access to paid content.

How do you feel about the most recent update? Is Nintendo shooting itself in the foot abandoning older devices? Or is this a simple case of technological evolution?

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is available free (in-game purchases) on compatible iOS and Android devices.

Image Credit: Nintendo

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