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Facebook: a completely free cloud gaming
In addition to Google Stadia, PlayStation Now or xCloud, Facebook Gaming announced in a press release the launch of a cloud gaming offer ... completely free.
It's official, Facebook is launching into cloud gaming. After launching its dating application Facebook Rencontres a few days ago in Europe, the social networks giant announced yesterday via a press release the arrival of its cloud gaming offer, with a commercial positioning far removed from the current competition . From the Facebook Gaming platform, accessible directly from the Games tab of the social network, it is thus possible to access a small catalog of games. The latter does not include any video game blockbuster, preferring instead to focus on small mobile games that are easy to learn. However, it will be completely free, the company of Mark Zuckerberg announced in its press release.
“We don't promise 4K and 60 FPS for a $ 6.99 per month subscription. We're not trying to get you to buy an accessory, like a controller. " - Jason Rubin, vice-president of Facebook's Gaming division
So this is a smooth launch for Facebook's first steps in the cloud gaming market. Rather than head-on attacking pioneers of the genre like Google Stadia, Microsoft's xCloud, PS Now or more recently Luna, Amazon's cloud gaming service, Facebook Gaming first intends to make a name for itself by bringing together an audience larger than the simple target of regular gamers. For the moment, only titles that can be played directly on mobile phones and tablets will be available on the service, without the need for additional peripherals. Note that for the moment, Apple is excluded from compatible platforms. Facebook has chosen not to comply with the very strict regulations imposed by the brand on Apple concerning cloud gaming platforms.
At this time, Facebook Gaming’s cloud service is only available in certain US states. If the first tests prove successful, the service should subsequently be deployed internationally. Despite an offer for the moment free, including only five games for the moment - Asphalt 9: Legends, Mobile Legends: Adventure, PGA TOUR Golf Shootout, Solitaire: Arthur's Tale and WWE SuperCard - the platform should quickly expand its offer, why not with some premium games, reports the American site The Verge.