13 November 2020
Facebook has become the latest player in the cloud gaming space with the announcement of Facebook Gaming. It joins the likes of Google Stadia, Microsoft's Xbox xCloud, and Amazon Luna but there is a slight difference in the approach. The existing players are usually focusing on delivering PC and console-level gaming on any device but Facebook is focusing on mobile-only games.
Facebook Gaming cloud streaming service has been under beta testing for a while. It saw over 200,000 people trying out the service per week which is an impressive number. Jason Rubin, VP of Play at Facebook, said that they will not boast about numbers related to the gaming quality and frames per second like many other players. He says they neither want to "overpromise and under-deliver" nor they are aiming to replace current gaming hardware.
The service is simply one more to play games with a focus on the ease of gaming. All the games on the platform will work like Facebook Instant Games which are essentially tap to play. In other words, players will not need to have any extra software or hardware for playing any of the available games. All they need is access to Facebook and that's it.
The newly added titles include Asphalt 9: Legends, Mobile Legends: Adventure, PGA TOUR Golf Shootout, Solitaire: Arthur’s Tale, and WWE SuperCard. Facebook Gaming cloud streaming beta is currently available only on Android and web browsers. The iOS support is missing because of Apple policies but the Safari web browser is your way to stream these games.
Lastly, the service is limited to the select United States regions for now. These include 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. The team is working on an expansion to other regions as well as global markets.