Facebook teases off its Steam-like PC gaming platform

Facebook's new PC gaming platform has been detailed, could compete against Steam.

@anthony256
Published Fri, Aug 19 2016 3:27 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:58 AM CST

Facebook has announced that it's working with Unity on a new "dedicated, immersive experience [built] solely for gamers" that would see the Oculus owner and social networking giant competing directly against the likes of Steam.

Facebook teases off its Steam-like PC gaming platform | TweakTown.com

With over 650 million users who play games through Facebook every month, we can see the allure of Facebook jumping into support PC gamers in a bigger, and better way. Facebook unveiled its desktop platform in May, where it was at the time, known as Facebook Games Arcade. Now, it's known as the "new Facebook PC gaming platform".

Facebook and Unity representatives told TechCrunch that the new platform will be "distraction free", but didn't elaborate on how much Facebook's influence in terms of the News Feed would find its way into the PC gaming platform. There will be support for casual games, but immersive games will also be there - and why wouldn't they, Facebook does own Oculus after all - this feels like a good push in the right direction for the company.

Facebook has also said that it's working closely with Unity on measures to "streamline the process for exporting and publishing games onto Facebook". The company has started that today, where it has invited a "limited group" of developers into a closed alpha of this new functionality, reports GameSpot.

NEWS SOURCE:gamespot.com

Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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