- Facebook has started streaming cloud games on its app and on the internet.
- The first titles are mobile games like Asphalt 9 and WWE SuperCard.
- However, Facebook doesn’t intend to compete with Google Stadia or Amazon Luna.
Facebook can’t quite resist the appeal of game streaming services like Google Stadia and Amazon Luna. Facebook introduced a cloud gaming feature that allows you to stream multiple mobile games through its Android app and the internet with no downloads or performance issues.
The first catalog features several recognizable, but not necessarily blockbuster, games including the racing driver Asphalt 9: Legends, the wrestling title WWE SuperCard, the PGA Tour Golf Shootout, Mobile Legends: Adventure, and Solitaire: Arthur’s Tale. More games will be available for streaming in the “coming weeks,” Facebook said, including Red Bull’s Dirt Bike Unchained.
Facebook added that it picked “latency tolerant” games for its first proper entry into cloud gaming, but that you may still notice hiccups. It promised to solicit feedback and refine the feature over time. And in case you are wondering: Based on Apple’s guidelines, Facebook does not see a “practical way” for iOS access, not even over the Internet.
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The service is getting started in the US after early regional streaming, though the need for low latency still limits where you can play. Facebook game streaming will initially be available in California, Texas, and Northeast and Central Atlantic states such as New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Extensions will expand access in the “coming months”.
It will also be easier to try out games. In addition to a redesigned Facebook gaming web portal with easier discovery, the social network Cloud is introducing Playable Ads for Android and iOS users in the US. Similar to Google Play Instant or Apple’s App Clips, you can try a game without a download or even visit an app store. You will first see demos from developers like Angry Birds’ Rovio, 2K, Gameloft and others.
In contrast to Amazon or Google, Facebook has no ambitions to replace classic console or PC games with its cloud offering. This is all about adding a game streaming option on Facebook rather than replacing the usual experience. It is not intended to launch a dedicated service and it is warned that streaming “has a long way to go”. Even so, it’s noteworthy that Facebook is trying to do this in the first place – it clearly wants to deliver more than just simple web games.