Facebook Free-To-Play Cloud Gaming Service App Launched With Five Games From Gameloft And Others

Facebook has launched its cloud gaming service. The cloud-based gaming service is an extension of Facebook Gaming. It is currently available to a select few beta testers but is expected to be available to Facebook’s 2 Billion+ users shortly.

Facebook’s cloud-gaming service has arrived. Although in a beta testing phase, the service does have some popular titles such as Asphalt 9: Legends. The Facebook Cloud Gaming is currently available to a small number of users as a free-to-play service.

Facebook Cloud Gaming Officially Launched In Beta With Five Games That Are Free-To-Play:

Facebook Cloud Gaming, possibly a direct competitor to other cloud-based game streaming services such as Google Stadia, has arrived. It is important to note that Facebook Gaming isn’t meant to be a console replacement. In fact, it doesn’t need any specific hardware apart from an Android smartphone, or a mouse and keyboard, and a desktop PC or laptop. The Facebook cloud gaming service is available through Facebook’s mobile app or website. The service will not work on iPhones or iOS devices owing to Apple’s app store policies. Although, Microsoft is attempting to circumvent the restrictions.

Interestingly, Facebook has insisted that that people don’t confuse it with competing cloud gaming services, like Google’s Stadia and Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass. The social media giant claims the cloud-based gaming service is merely an extension of Facebook Gaming and is primarily meant for the 380 million active users of the service. Facebook issued a statement that read:

We’re not trying to replace any other platform. We believe in the long-term future of cloud gaming, but we aren’t going to try to wow you with the wonders of our data centers, compression algorithms, resolutions or frames per second. Cloud game streaming for the masses still has a way to go, and it’s important to embrace both the advantages and the reality of the technology rather than try to sell you on a promise of where it’ll be in the future.

The entire Facebook Cloud Gaming platform, the service, as well as the games are all free to use, for now, continued Rubin, “No investment. No joypad. No subscription. No paywall at the beginning. We’re coming at this from a very different angle. We’re farther from the other apps than they are from each other.”

Facebook Gaming Includes Casual Games But The List Could Increase In The Future:

Facebook claims the games available through the Facebook Cloud Gaming platform are “latency tolerant,” which means the focus is on the smoothness of the experience instead of higher frame rates and visual quality. There are currently only five games available to play, one of which is Asphalt 9: Legends and the rest are from other studios.

Without a subscription fee, it is quite likely that Facebook will rely heavily on advertisements for revenue. Moreover, Facebook is also expected to charge developers to advertise their games on the Facebook feed.

Facebook has further revealed that the company will not be going after “exclusive” titles. Instead, the social media giant is hoping if Facebook’s cloud gaming takes off, other developers will want to add social functionality to their existing titles. This means there could be ‘made for Facebook features and games’ titles.

Alap Naik Desai
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