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Facebook launches cloud gaming service for Android and web users

Facebook did not create a separate platform like Google Stadia and Amazon Luna to facilitate the gaming service, it will be launched the games on its social media platform.

twitter-logoAnkita Chakravarti | October 27, 2020 | Updated 10:31 IST

Highlights

  • Facebook on Monday announced that it is launching a cloud gaming service.
  • Facebook will launch the gaming service on its platfrom.
  • The cloud-based gaming services by Facebook will be launched for Android and web users.

Facebook on Monday announced that it is launching a cloud gaming service. The social media giant did not create a separate platform like Google Stadia and Amazon Luna to facilitate the gaming service, it will be launched the games on its social media platform. This would mean that the users will be able to play heavy games like Asphalt 9, WWE SuperCard on Facebook without even downloading them.

Talking about cloud gaming service, Jason Rubin, VP of Play, Facebook said in a blog post, "Today we're announcing that Facebook Gaming has launched several cloud-streamed games in the Facebook app and on browser playable instantly, with no downloads required. 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. Cloud game-streaming promises to deliver unprecedented access to games across every screen. And while we're thrilled to play a part in that future, that future is a ways off. So before we talk about our aspirations, let me start with what we're not doing. Cloud gaming announcements are prone to hype, so I'm going to speak openly from the outset."

Earlier, Google had launched a separate platform for cloud-based game streaming services like Stadia, Amazon too had announced Luna. But with Facebook, there would not be a separate platform. Users will be able to play the games on their Android phones and web once the games are rolled out.

In the blog Rubin revealed that the users will be able to play the games on the Gaming tab on Facebook or the News Feed. "All cloud-streamed games are playable in the same way you play games now on Facebook whether it's in our Gaming tab or from News Feed. No special hardware or controllers needed; your hands are the controller since we're launching with native mobile games. And you can play these games with a mouse and keyboard on the desktop. 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. And if we do our jobs right, you won't notice how the games are delivered,"

The cloud-based gaming services by Facebook will be launched for Android and web users. The feature will not be made available to iOS users as of now. "Even with Apple's new cloud games policy, we don't know if launching on the App Store is a viable path. "Of course, there is always the open Internet," so mobile browsers may wind up being an option, but there are limitations to what we can offer on Safari. While our iOS path is uncertain, one thing is clear. Apple treats games differently and continues to exert control over a very precious resource. Stay tuned as we work out the best way for people to play games when and how they want, regardless of what device they bought," Jason said in the blog.

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.

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