Facebook has announced that its Facebook Gaming service has launched "several cloud-streamed games in the Facebook app and on browser". There have also been 200,000 people that have been using the service in only a select few regions, which is a decent amount of people. Facebook is taking the time in their announcement to state what they're doing openly so people don't get the wrong idea about what they're building.
Yes, the article was written by Jason Rubin, VP of Play at Facebook. In case you didn't know, he was a Naughty Dog co-founder, the creator of Crash Bandicoot, and one-time THQ president. Here's his announcement on Twitter:
Today I’m excited to talk more about my new role and what I’ve been working on. I joined #FacebookGaming recently as VP of Play and today we’re rolling out our take on cloud gaming: Instant. Free. No subscriptions. No controllers. https://t.co/wcfX9e5Yf5— Jason Rubin (@Jason_Rubin) October 26, 2020
They don't want to overpromise and under-deliver, and they aren't going to talk about things that other cloud gaming services have talked about, such as "data centers, compression algorithms, resolutions, or frames per second." Facebook says that Cloud-Gaming isn't ready for everyone to pick up and play, and that they want to embrace "both the advantages and the reality of the technology", which definitely makes sense.
Facebook also isn't trying to replace gamers' favorite gaming hardware and that both consoles and PC gaming formats "will be around for a long time." They want to increase options available to people, not replace them. The same goes for people's phones, which is interesting for Facebook to say.
Facebook wants to do what they feel they do best, which is to allow people to try their services for free, and offer the types of games that they already are offering, such as free-to-play games. They also don't want people to rely on special hardware or controllers to get into their service, and they're not launching on iOS for now due to Facebook working on "alternative options for iOS" because of Apple's Apple Cloud rules. Still when that happens there will be Cloud Playable ads on both Android and iOS, so at least we've got that to look forward to.
The first set of games available this week include Asphalt 9: Legends, Mobile Legends: Adventure, PGA Tour Golf Shootout, Solitaire: Arthur's Tale, and WWE SuperCard. Dirt Bike Unchained will be added in later weeks, along with other new 'experiences' and the expansion of the games library.
If you're interested in Facebook Gaming and would like to try it on beta for the web and Android, be sure to check it out at fb.gg/play.
What do you think of this news? Are you going to try Facebook Gaming, or are you done with Cloud Gaming? Let us know in the comments!