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Crytek Taking on Onlive, Facebook with GFACE

By - Source: Kotaku | B 16 comments

Crytek is backing a small team of developers creating what seems to be a social platform that borrows from Facebook, Twitter, Skype, Xbox Live while adding the game streaming abilities of OnLive.

Crytek is taking on Steam, Skype, Onlive and Facebook in one swift fell swoop with the upcoming launch of a social platform called GFACE. Yes, that's really it's name thus far, geared for multiple devices, not just the PC, following OnLive's footsteps of supporting tablets and smartphones.

"Our mission is to design an innovative high quality social media publishing service. We are a small team with big ideas, but backed up by a well known critically acclaimed game studio: Crytek," the GFACE team states on the website. "We share not only technology and vision, but the commitment to deliver the highest possible quality."

GFACE will be based around friends lists and feature live video that will be embedded within the framework. It will also feature a drag-and-drop invite system similar to Battlefield's Battlelog, and a plug-in that allows users to stream PC games directly to their browser -- no external client or game installs required.

In sample images, GFACE shows one player on the PC playing in FPS mode as the soldier -- a live webcam feed of a tablet-based "commander" is seen to the left of the game screen. The Commander, playing the same game, also has a live webcam feed of the soldier. The mobile phone owner serving as air support doesn't see any live video feed, but merely the game screen. GFACE will consist of casual 2D games, casual 3D games. core 2D games and core 3D games.

In addition to the game streaming, users will be able to access GFACE friends lists and functionality while watching media, borrowing from Xbox LIVE. There are also tons of features similar to what we use on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter including Interest Groups and People Groups. To see a video demo of GFACE's Dropbar, head here.

GFACE is currently in closed beta, so stay tuned for more information. It's highly unlikely this will be a Facebook killer due to its seemingly overall gaming theme, but more of a contender to OnLive, Steam and others trying to establish a Facebook-like gamer community while also offering digital purchases.

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    tlmck , February 3, 2012 4:20 AM
    Forget Gface. Where do I get that ultra thin laptop?
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    Parsian , February 3, 2012 4:08 AM
    finally I know what that "GFace" logo is all about at the bottom of CryDev.net and mycrysis.com webpages.
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    tlmck , February 3, 2012 4:20 AM
    Forget Gface. Where do I get that ultra thin laptop?
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    hotsacoman , February 3, 2012 4:28 AM
    The system requirements for GFACE are too high.
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    Trialsking , February 3, 2012 4:47 AM
    But will GFACE be able to play Crysis?
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    archange , February 3, 2012 5:56 AM
    Gface?!?
    Seriously??

    Bad name aside, I see lawsuits coming from all directions...
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    NuclearShadow , February 3, 2012 6:17 AM
    While I can see streaming services that are multi-platform being a huge part of our future, I simply cannot see it today due to bandwidth limitations. Media is also getting more and more demanding while the ISPs aren't doing much to resolve the issues that already exists.
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    Flameout , February 3, 2012 8:38 AM
    gimme native linux 64bit gaming and i'm sold
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    sonnyd09 , February 3, 2012 8:42 AM
    Where's Origin?
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    __-_-_-__ , February 3, 2012 11:19 AM
    streamygame.com
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    Goldengoose , February 3, 2012 12:22 PM
    NuclearShadowWhile I can see streaming services that are multi-platform being a huge part of our future, I simply cannot see it today due to bandwidth limitations. Media is also getting more and more demanding while the ISPs aren't doing much to resolve the issues that already exists.

    Home entertainment is definitely up to scratch. 5-6 years ago i remember aiming for a ping of around 120-180ms, anywhere between there was brilliant. Nowadays, loading LoL or playing an FPS i'll be seeing latency of around 30-40ms. Now your telling me there's been little to no improvement? I know i get a lot of downvotes from saying this in other comment sections, but i really do think onlive is a brilliant idea. True we all hate it as we see it as another desktop killer and i am included in the bunch who want to keep these machines alive but we can't stubbornly stand in the way of progress.

    On a separate note, they haven't got a chance of taking on steam, they have too many sales and have such a nice client i can't see anyone topping it.
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    stoogie , February 3, 2012 12:44 PM
    with a max download speed of 150kb/s and upload of about 26kb/s on 1500/256 adsl1(which is the best in tasmania/australia at my location), i wont beable to stream games, and also will have about 350-450ms to america. GFACE IS A TERRIBLE IDEA ....
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    hardcore_gamer , February 3, 2012 12:48 PM
    sonnyd09Where's Origin?


    of species ?
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    zolton33 , February 3, 2012 3:43 PM
    I see this maybe competing with facebook. As long as they don't require you to jump through hoops as facebook does. I can not begin to count the times i've had to go through their security (receive a text and enter the number or matching pictures of friends to their profiles) that stuff gets old really fast. Then they also at times ask you to send in a copy of an id. I'm just waiting for them to require blood work or a urine sample to keep your account. >_< If they treat their customers better then facebook i could easily see myself jumping ship to here.
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    Tab54o , February 3, 2012 4:15 PM
    Steam is great and its had a long time to mature. I cant stand origin and I do not welcome other companies trying to jump on the bandwagon with things like this. I don't want to have to log in to 14 different game programs to play my games.
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    upgrade_1977 , February 3, 2012 11:30 PM
    I don't need another content delivery system. Steam is enough. The only reason I even have origin on my pc is because of BF3. Honestly, it doesn't work nearly as good as steam, and i'd much rather just have BF3 on steam. Last thing I want is a different service for every game, 1 is enough. I dunno if anyone agree's, but this is one area I wish there actually was a monopoly. Just a pain switching between clients, keeping them updated, adding different friends, ect. ect.

    The only thing steam needs is to do is integrate an onlive type service so you could play your games on any pc when your not at home. Also what would be really cool, is if they made it so you could actually stream your games from your home pc. That way, instead of paying onlive a fee to play games I already own, I can just stream games from my home pc to any other pc. Just an idea.
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    neiroatopelcc , February 6, 2012 10:31 AM
    Sounds interesting. Maybe that'll animate steam to improve the quality of their gameoverlay and the rubbish implementation of the invite system.