Yep, that is right. Facebook Gaming now offers it's own Cloud Gaming service. However, it is not what you probably expect.
If you are currently interested in Cloud Gaming, you have a plethora of options to choose from. Google Stadia offers you a "console-like replacement," while platforms like NVIDIA GeForce Now gives you the ability to play games that you currently own directly on the cloud. Then you have services like Shadow that provide you with access to a fully working Windows 10 PC in the cloud loaded with a Quadro Graphic's Card.
What is Facebook Gaming offering you? The ability to play select mobile games directly in your browser without the need to download them... Ultimately, this is not much different than the browser-based social games that Facebook has already been offering. The only difference is that some of these games could not be played initially through the browser.
So, why is Facebook entering the Cloud Gaming scene with such a limited experience? According to the announcement at Facebook Gaming, Facebook wants to start with something that they can currently do, and that is offering free-to-play browser-based games. With the addition of playing select mobile games through the browser, Facebook hopes that they can slowly expand their selection as they get better at Cloud Gaming.
Another "feature" that Facebook mentions is the ability for companies to offer "Cloud-Based Advertisements." This allows you to click on an Ad that you may see on Facebook and instantly try out or start playing a game.
You can find a list of the games that are currently available to play through Facebook Gaming's Cloud Gaming service below:
- Asphalt 9: Legends by Gameloft
- Mobile Legends: Adventure by Moonton
- PGA Tour Golf Shootout by Concrete Software
- Solitaire: Arthur's Tale by Qublix Games
- WWE SuperCard by 2K Games
Not an extensive list at all. They are starting small!
How long until Facebook start's offering more games? Do you think they will ever start offering larger games outside of the Mobile Gaming platform?