Crytek inspires streaming social gaming service

Is there enough social networking in your life? If not, you might be interested in a new venture concocted in collaboration with Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli. GFACE, which breaks the first rule of the Internet by resorting to allcaps for no apparent reason, looks like a gaming-centric hybrid of Facebook and Google+. The site promises players will be able to enjoy multiplayer 3D games “that you can expect from a next generation console.” Specific titles aren’t named, but the browser-based service aims to deliver games on smartphones and tablets in addition to PCs.

Everything is powered by the Seed Engine, which creates and connects “living social media containers” that can be shared, searched, and even recommended to users by the service itself. All that’s required on the user’s end is a free browser plug-in that purportedly takes seconds to download and install. The quality of the content streamed to the user is supposed to scale with the speed of his hardware and Internet connection.

A closed beta is current underway, and you can check it out here. Amusingly, the beta page has a Facebook link for folks who want to share the service with their current circle of “friends.” Convincing people to try join another social network might be an uphill battle, especially for gamers who already have access to plenty of social features through Steam, Origin, and Games for Windows Live. Then there’s OnLive, which already streams actual console games to smartphones and tablets. Thanks to Joystiq for the tip.

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    • Bensam123
    • 8 years ago

    And another new social service is born that is stillborn. People don’t want to be split up over nth social networks. People like having one network that they can go and check out without having to go around to 10 different sites just to stay in contact with friends.

    That aside, live gaming isn’t going to fly. Latency will never go away and now pretty much everyone has bandwidth caps to worry about now assuring this never gets off the ground… well at least till they see their first months bill.

    • Ryhadar
    • 8 years ago

    I do think streaming games is the future, but not over the internet.

    Here’s how I see it happening first, errr… well really how I’d like to see it happen:

    You have a private “game server” in your home. When you want to play a game, on any device, you stream from this server and play.

    Too bad it’ll never happen.

      • Bensam123
      • 8 years ago

      Aye, I’ve thought similarly to this. Sounds like a $50 piece of software instead of a $10 a month solution.

      • panthal
      • 8 years ago

      Actually there is a piece of software that will do this,and I’ve used to stream WoW from my gaming rig with a piece of shit laptop with Intel graphics with a 1.3ghz culv cpu.You know,a turd that cant play anything.It worked perfectly with no lag. I would like to see TR do a review on it.I was surprised to be honest how well it worked.

      [url<]http://toucharcade.com/2011/05/14/splashtop-review/[/url<]

    • cynan
    • 8 years ago

    You wrote “features” and “Games for Windows Live” in the same sentence? For shame!

    And dpaus must be happy; looks like TR is giving [url=https://techreport.com/discussions.x/22421<]his company [/url<]more free publicity... ...Oh wait. My mistake.

      • sweatshopking
      • 8 years ago

      what are you talking about? both parts of your post make no sense.

        • cynan
        • 8 years ago

        Well I often write stuff that makes little sense, so fair enough.

        Actually, the first part was a reference to the article’s mention that users already get access to “social features” with services such as GFWL…So not sure what’s hard to get there…

        The second point is admittedly a bit more obscure and a lame attempt at a j/k. In the recent article to which I linked (about the tragic death of Micron’s CEO), the most popular comment thread is the one where it was discovered that TR regular dpaus is a CEO of a company called CriSys… You should be good from there. But you know what they say about humor. Once you have to explain it, it isn’t…

        Anyway, an admitted fail overall. Please remember to thank me for coming out.

          • sweatshopking
          • 8 years ago

          now i get what you were aiming for. I knew dale’s company was in fact crysis, but didn’t make the connection. Me and him go way back.

          GFWL does have social features. you can check achievements, instant message, track other peoples current games, join their games, etc. same as steam or origin. I’m not sure why you singled out gfwl, i guess.

            • BobbinThreadbare
            • 8 years ago

            It’s just a joke on how much GFWL sucks, not that hard.

          • dpaus
          • 8 years ago

          Not only did I get it, I applauded the free publicity. Keep it up!

    • yogibbear
    • 8 years ago

    The only company that has the right power to do something like this tried and failed miserably.

    Namely, Microsoft.

    If you are going to try to centralise and destablise the social gaming network e.g. integrate steam/gamespy/origin/gfwl/msn/icq/irc/deepnet/4chan/gamersgate/GOG/d2d/IGN/gamespot/blizzardvision/
    facebook/google+/skype/ventrilo/etc. etc. etc. then you need to be the one building the OS and able to integrate your service directly into the OS and any standards required of all game developers to follow to get their game to run on your platform (yes it’s dodgy, but it would be the only way)

    However if MS wants to get sued again by the entirety of Europe for forcing a certain feature on you then they might try again…

    I mean no one complains about MS Paint being installed by default… you can still go get paint.NET or photoshop etc. if you want. 😛

    I cannot see anyone else having the power to do this in the current climate.

    IF (big if) in ten years time gaming has gone through some significant lows and highs then the atmosphere could change significantly if backed by the right company with the right credentials and the right popularity. I would suggest that Crytek’s popularity with the PC crowd isn’t what it used to be.

      • sweatshopking
      • 8 years ago

      pretty much this. good points.

      • Chrispy_
      • 8 years ago

      Crytek lost popularity with the PC crowd by releasing Crysis2 as a console game first, then either caving to Nvidia bribery, or just plain sucking at tesselation with the olive-branch PC HD-patch.

        • odizzido
        • 8 years ago

        The only good game crytek ever released was the original farcry. I don’t even know what they make anymore.

          • BobbinThreadbare
          • 8 years ago

          Crysis was awesome.

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