Gaikai launches Facebook app

Cloud gaming service Gaikai has launched the beta version of its Facebook app, allowing users of the world's biggest social network to play console-quality videogames, in their browsers, without leaving the website.

The app, available now at the source link below, contains an initial seven games: 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.

Gaikai CEO David Perry said: "People don't want to leave Facebook to play games – Zynga's phenomenal success is proof of that. Most videogame publishers are now seeking to grow their digital customer base, and unlike movie and music services like Netflix and Spotify, Gaikai gives game publishers relationships with 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."