Facebook is launching a cloud gaming service to play mobile games for free
The cloud gaming field has gradually become more crowded with choices from Nvidia, Microsoft, Google, and Amazon over the past two years. Currently, a new cloud game streaming service is being launched through Facebook Gaming, setting step as the latest player in the cloud gaming industry. But this is a slightly different type of service than the existing cloud gaming services.
“Cloud gaming is about expanding the types of games we already offer, so we’ll start with the format people enjoy playing on Facebook: free-to-play games. That’s one of the reasons why we’re starting with games typically played on mobile devices.” said Jason Rubin, VP of Play, Facebook.
Instead of giving access to PC or console games like cloud gaming services like Stadia, GeForce NOW and Xbox Game Streaming, it gives access to free-to-play mobile games.
With the introduction of this service, Facebook’s ultimate goal may be to link this to the ability to sell ads, through which game developers will be able to promote their games among Facebook users by posting cloud playable ads.
The service will be more widely available in the coming months, and according to Facebook, the first few games to be played through the new cloud gaming service include Asphalt 9: Legends, Mobile Legends: Adventure, PGA Tour Gold Shootout, Solitaire: Arthur’s Tale, Includes WWE SuperCard and Dirt Bike Unchained games.
More games will be added in the future and the existing instant games built by Facebook through HTML5 will also be available with these cloud-streamed games.
It is also reported that this cloud gaming service from Facebook is still available only to users who use Android and their web app. They say that they don’t know if launching on the App Store is a feasible solution, even with Apple’s new cloud games policy. Clearly, Facebook is not pleased with being unable to launch the service on iOS, so it is likely that the company will imitate what Amazon did with Luna. On iOS, Luna is available as a progressive web app (PWA), an approach that Microsoft is reportedly exploring, but given Apple ‘s restrictive position on cloud gaming services and web app standards, the future of this approach is uncertain.
Facebook’s cloud gaming service will be available for the first time in the US, and will be available to users in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states, including California, Texas and Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey.