Facebook unveils its free-to-play cloud gaming service
Facebook has become the third tech giant after Google and Amazon to enter the world of Cloud Gaming. Facebook has launched its own Free to Play Cloud Gaming service which will only be available on Android and Windows and not on iOS as of now.
Facebook does not have a stand-alone platform for its service unlike it's competitors Google Stadia and Amazon Luna, as all the cloud streamed games are available in the Facebook app and on browser — playable instantly, with no downloads required which means all cloud-streamed games are playable in the same way you play games now on Facebook — whether it’s in the Gaming tab or from News Feed. The service is completely free of cost.
Facebook Play's VP Jason Rubin said, "We recently had 200,000 people playing our cloud-streamed games per week in limited regions, so while it’s not exactly a secret, I’m excited to lay out what we’re building."
Here are a few highlights of Facebook's new Cloud Gaming Service:
Free-to-Play Cloud Games Launching in Beta on Android and Web
The first set of games available this week include Asphalt 9: Legends by Gameloft; Mobile Legends: Adventure by Moonton; PGA TOUR Golf Shootout by Concrete Software, Inc.; Solitaire: Arthur’s Tale by Qublix Games; and WWE SuperCard by 2K Games. In the coming weeks, Facebook will also add Dirt Bike Unchained by Red Bull. Facebook has said that they will expand the game library soon.
Player Names and Cross-Play
For the first time Facebook will be introducing player names and gaming-themed avatars for players to represent themselves in game instead of using their full name and profile picture. And, all developers integrating can enable cross-play between the downloaded version of their game and the cloud version on Facebook.
A Redesigned Destination for Play on Facebook
Facebook's newly designed Gaming tab includes updated discovery and re-engagement features to help players find new games to try and get back into the ones they’ve played.
Facebook will initially roll out cloud gaming service in the US. It will be available in California, Texas, and Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states including, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Virginia, and West Virginia.
More than 380 million people play games each month on Facebook, and people will play cloud-streamed games right alongside those playing instant games in HTML5.