Niantic’s Peridot integrates GenAI, bringing a new level of realism to virtual pet interactions in AR gaming.

Niantic, the team behind Pokémon Go and other AR hits, continues to push the boundaries of augmented reality. Their latest venture, Peridot Pets, brings a new level of realism to virtual companions by seamlessly integrating GenAI. This development not only advances the gaming landscape but also sets a high bar for lifelike virtual pet interactions.

Peridot Pets is all about bridging the gap between virtual and real-world interactions. How? Niantic’s advanced AI algorithms work alongside your device’s camera to interpret your surroundings. The data is processed by a customized version of Meta’s Llama 2 program, infusing each virtual pet, known as a Dot, with a distinct personality. This enables them to react to their environment in a lifelike and unique manner.

What sets Peridot Pets apart is its efficient use of animation assets. Previously challenging to program for specific scenarios, these assets now adapt dynamically. This enriches the range of Dot reactions and enhances the overall gaming experience without overloading on technicalities.

Niantic’s vision for Peridot Pets is to strike a balance between lifelike virtual companions and the playful nature of digital interaction. While realism is a priority, the company remains committed to ensuring that players find delight and engagement in every interaction with their Dots.


Peridot does something surprising with an empty plate of food – it rolls in it, all thanks to the new GenAI system (Source: Niantic)

Peridot takes a sniff of fresh flowers from a bouquet (Source: Niantic)