Cloud gaming firm Gaikai is now streaming big console games such as The Witcher 2 and Saints Row: The Third through its new Facebook app.
The application, currently in beta, will be the first serious test of whether triple-A games can exist and thrive on the social games platform. It's exclusively available in North America and Europe, which means it will be theoretically available to about 500 million of the social network’s user base, providing they each have a strong internet connection and are viewing Facebook through a desktop device.
The first games to try in the Beta v1.0 launch are Saints Row: The Third, Dead Rising 2: Off the Record, Magicka, Sniper: Ghost Warrior, The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, Orcs Must Die and Farming Simulator 2011.
“People don’t want to leave Facebook to play games – Zynga’s phenomenal success is proof of that,” said Gaikai CEO David Perry.
“Cloud Gaming means that the game doesn’t need to be downloaded and run on your computer, it literally means the game runs out on the internet, in the cloud, with the experience being streamed to the players."