Facebook launches cloud games on iOS devices via a web app

Facebook has made its cloud gaming service available to iPhones and iPads via a web app. iOS users can use this to play Facebook cloud games in the Safari browser.

According to The Verge, the site will allow users to play simple web games such as Solitaire and match-threes and stream more graphically intensive titles such as racing games.

“We’ve come to the same conclusion as others: web apps are currently the only option for streaming cloud games on iOS,” Facebook Vice President of Gaming Vivek Sharma said in a statement to The Verge.

“As many have pointed out, Apple’s policy of ‘allowing’ cloud games on the App Store does not permit much. The requirement by Apple that each cloud game has its page go through review and appear in search results defeats the purpose of cloud gaming. These impediments prevent players from discovering new games, playing cross-device, and accessing high-quality games instantly in native iOS apps — even if they aren’t using the most recent and expensive devices,” he added.

Facebook Gaming revealed how to play cloud games on iOS devices in a tweet.

The web app is available on the Safari browser worldwide. On the other hand, Cloud games are only available in the United States and parts of Canada and Mexico. Users outside of those areas can use the web app to play HTML5 games. Facebook has also stated that it plans to expand cloud games to more regions.

Sources: FacebookThe Verge

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