In an attempt to make its entry into the Windows-based games market, Facebook has launched Facebook Gameroom, an online environment where users can compete in fun, challenging and light-weight games.
Although the idea of playing games on Facebook is not entirely new, Facebook hopes that with Gameroom the company will change the user’s perspective on playing games in an online environment. So, what is Facebook Gameroom?
It’s a light-weight Windows-based gaming platform, where users can play casual games such as slots, boards games, trivia, and match threes. According to the developers, the platform is already ready for download, and it is compatible with Window 7 or higher.
As for Mac users, Facebook said that such platforms could be indeed used to develop games, but, ironically enough, you can’t play them if you are the proud owner of one of Apple’s products. However, the company did say that efforts are being made to ensure the platform’s cross-compatibility.
Facebook Gameroom is somewhat more than your run-of-the-mill Windows-based gaming platform. It represents the company intention of trying to make a name for itself on the PC games market, an area which is currently dominated by Valve’s Steam.
However, it will be a long time before Facebook Gameroom can overtake Valve, but it would seem that they took the right steps in that direction. Long before announcing the launch of Facebook Gameroom, the company made many statements referring to a new concept called social virtual reality.
As you would have guessed, the first step taken by Facebook to pave the way to the VR PC games market, was the acquisition of Oculus Rift back in 2014.
At first glance, Gameroom, the application launched by Facebook might not be as offering as Steam, but the project is still underway and, from the likes of it, many casual gamers seem to like Facebook’s latest release.
Right now, the platform has a nominal hosting space of 200 MB. But, the company has plans of increasing the hosting space from 200 to 500 MB by 2017 if feedbacks remain positive.
So, if you ran out of ideas about what to play, then we wholeheartedly encourage you to try out Facebook Gameroom. The installation kit is very light, occupying less than 300 KB and there are countless of casual games you download and install.