Gaikai has launched the beta of its Facebook app which will deliver game experiences directly through the social network in North America and Europe.
The beta will allow users to try out a selection of games for free and the first lot you can try are:
- Saints Row - The Third (USA)
- Dead Rising 2 - Off the Record (USA)
- Magicka (USA & Europe)
- Sniper - Ghost Warrior (USA & Europe)
- The Witcher 2 - Assassins of Kings (USA & Europe)
- Orcs Must Die! (USA & Europe)
- Farming Simulator 2011 (USA & Europe)
“People don’t want to leave Facebook to play games – Zynga’s phenomenal success is proof of that,” said David Perry, CEO of Gaikai, “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.
"Most video game publishers are now seeking to grow their digital customer base and unlike movie and music services like Netflix and Spotify, Gaikai gives the game publishers relationships with the customers.
"The power of Facebook is not only in the vast size of the connected audience, but also in the quality of the social ties and interactions that occur within the network. The Facebook social graph fuels our mantra 'Try it for free', 'Share it if you like it', 'Buy it if you love it'.”
The Gaikai Facebook app is currently available in North America and Europe, and in order to play, you will need to be in a Gaikai coverage area with a broadband internet connection and Java installed.