Square Enix has just made available a cloud-based service that allows people in Japan to play FFXIII on their mobile devices. If you think that it’s to good to be true… you’re probably right, since for now, it is only available in Japan.
This service allows the user to play a version of PS4’s game streaming feature to Sony Xperia devices, so the game is actually being played on a cloud server. This means that your device is not heavily burden by the running game, because you get the image via streaming, just like watching a Youtube video.
For this, Square Enix recommends that you don’t try to play if you’re not on a WiFi connection that has a stable 3Mbps or better bandwith, because in order to control the game the reverse process occurs. You tap and move the screen of your device, and the command is sent back to the server, creating a close-to-real-time control.
Square Enix also gives a free trial for half an hour to see if your connection can take the burden of running the RPG stream. After that, it’s USD$16.00 for unlimited play access.
There isn’t, so far, any indication that Square Enix will make this service available in other markets as well.