Pokemon Go: PokeStop Scanning Feature is Coming to the Game

Trainers, the hidden geniuses behind every network hint discovered new text in Pokemon Go’s GM file, and it looks like we are getting a new PokeStop Scanning feature soon.

Following the tweet from PokeMiners, it is clear that Pokemon Go is about to get a feature, which will allow players to scan PokeStops and will help Niantic and Pokemon Go to build more grounded and realistic features.

Now, we are not really sure how this feature would work in Pokemon Go, but according to reports, Ingress Agents received a Portal Scanning feature not so long ago, so it may have the same options and functions.

Here is how the Portal Scanning works in Ingress, thanks to Niantic and the Ingress community:

Ingress Agents are explorers with a keen eye for detail and boundless curiosity to learn more about the world around us. With the latest Ingress update to start rolling out today, we’re calling upon interested Agents who would like to help us continue our research of the Portal network with an opt-in update to the Portal Edit options.

Our team is working to generate dynamic 3-D maps of existing Portals so we can build future augmented reality (AR) features that feel more grounded and real. Portal Scanning is an opt-in feature that allows Level 16 and recursed Agents in the US to upload Portal Scans that contain the following information:

  • recorded images and lighting conditions
  • time and location of the Portal Scan
  • how the mobile device moved during the Portal Scan
  • mobile device and camera specs

Please note that Portal Scans are automatically anonymized once they’re uploaded to our secure servers, and no Portal Scan information is tied to specific Agent accounts. For more info, please read our Help Center article or our privacy policy.

Multiple Portal Scans can be taken at each Portal, and can help our team of researchers with different camera angles and positions. To help you keep note of your Portal research progress, successfully uploaded and approved Portal Scans will count towards a new Scout medal:

  • Bronze: 50 Portal Scans
  • Silver: 250
  • Gold: 1,000
  • Platinum: 3,000
  • Onyx: 6,000

Similar to our multiphased app releases, which release to more Agents over time, we’ll also open Portal Scanning to more Agents, Access Levels, and countries as soon as we’re able.

More to follow soon, so stay tuned!

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Dejan Kacurov

Hi, gamers! You can call me Mr. DComplex. I'm a gamer, a hardcore gamer. My favorite genres are Action RPG and MMORPG. At the moment I'm using my PC as my only gaming platform, but soon I might get a new PS4 from Angel. Update - Angel did get me a PS4, oh wait, it's the PS4 PRO 1TB!!! Much love bro!

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