2021 is gearing up to be a big battle royale of cloud (streaming) gaming services, with the console big guns Sony and Microsoft going up against new entrants like Amazon and now Facebook.
These services see games running on the provider’s cloud rather than on the player’s device. Facebook isn’t going after the same kind of market as the companies named above initially.
“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,” announced the company.
“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.”
Racing, golf and wrestling are among the casual games offered at launch, initially in the US only. And no, this won’t work on Apple devices for now.
“Even with Apple’s new cloud games policy, we don’t know if launching on the App Store is a viable path,” claimed Facebook. “While our iOS path is uncertain, one thing is clear. Apple treats games differently and continues to exert control over a very precious resource.”