Facebook Cloud Gaming Is A Bit Different

Facebook has announced its own cloud gaming service, with streaming games playable through the Facebook app and in a browser. The beta includes both full playable games and what Facebook is calling “cloud playable ads” that allow players to immediately try out a demo of a game.

The selection is limited so far to a handful of games, and Facebook is open about its limitations. For now the first set includes Asphalt 9: Legends, Mobile Legends: Adventure, PGA Tour Golf Shootout, Solitaire: Arthur’s Tale, and WWE Supercard. Facebook says it’s focusing on free-to-play mobile games to lean into its existing strengths. It also chose specific genres–sports, card, sim, and strategy games–to help mitigate any possible latency issues. It is also implementing Player Names and game-themed avatars to use instead of your standard Facebook profile image.

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But Facebook is issuing more caveats than the ambitious statements put out by companies like

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