Facebook has released an article on its official blog and announced the launch of several cloud-streamed games in its Facebook Gaming app and on web including Asphalt 9: Legends, Mobile Legends: Adventure and more which users will be able to play instantly without having to download them.
”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, Facebook VP of Play. ”In the future, our systems and infrastructure will improve to deliver more types of games — possibly all types of games. Until then, rest assured that the cost of trying our cloud games is $0.”
He also said that more than 200,000 people in selected regions played Facebook’s cloud-streamed games in just a week. The first games include Asphalt 9: Legends by Gameloft; Mobile Legends: Adventure by Moonton; PGA TOUR Golf Shootout by Concrete Software, Inc.; Solitaire: Arthur’s Tale by Qublix Games; and WWE SuperCard by 2K.
Dirt Bike Unchained by Red Bull will also be added in the upcoming weeks and Rubin said they’ll expand the game library in number, genre and type starting in 2021.
The games are available for only Android and web players for now. Although iOS users can use mobile browsers to access the games, Facebook says there are some limitations to that what it can offer on Safari.
Facebook faced some challenges when launching the Facebook Gaming app on Apple’s App Store and had to launch the app on the iOS market without instant games. However, Facebook says it’s working on ‘’alternative options’’ to bring the cloud-streamed games to iOS users.
Facebook Gaming’s cloud-streamed games are currently available in the United States, initially 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. Jason Rubin said regional access will be expanded in the upcoming months.
You’ll just need the Facebook app on Android. iOS won’t work for now. Because, Apple (sigh).— Facebook Gaming (@FacebookGaming) October 26, 2020
And you’ll need to be in the U.S. for now. Because, data centers.
You can also play our cloud-streamed games on desktop at https://t.co/wbEyHZ1dB1. Because, internet.