Netflix is increasing the number of platforms on which its video game library is available. The company’s large library of games had previously only been available on mobile operating systems like iOS and Android. Netflix is using its streaming technology to start letting the public try out its library of video games on TVs and PCs.
Netflix’s VP of Games Mike Verdu has made the following statement:
Since our inception, we’ve made it our mission to provide our members with a service that is both convenient and always available. The first step towards our goal of making games accessible across all devices Netflix members use was taken today.
For the time being, the ongoing testing phase appears to be somewhat limited. Only two games will be available at first: Oxenfree (and its sequel, which marked Netflix’s first foray into video game development) and Molehew’s Mining Adventure, an arcade game about gem mining.
Currently, only a select number of Netflix members in the United Kingdom and Canada have access to the beta phase. Only certain hardware, including Amazon Fire TV streaming video players, Chromecast with Google TV, LG televisions, Nvidia Shield TV, Roku devices and televisions, Samsung smart televisions, and Walmart ONN items, are eligible for this offer. More will be supported in the future.
Phones, with the help of Netflix’s recently released controller software, may now be used as TV gamepads. When you select a game from the TV, a QR code will appear that, when scanned, will allow you to utilise your mobile device as a controller for that game.
In the coming weeks, users using desktop browsers compatible with Netflix will also have the ability to try out the games. With this update, PC and Mac gamers will finally be able to put their mouse and keyboard to good use.
Given the complexities of licencing deals with multiple publishers, it is uncertain which games Netflix will be able to bring to TVs and computers. Native mobile versions of games such Kentucky Route Zero, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge, and Immortality are available to Netflix subscribers only. These games are, nevertheless, accessible on various other platforms.
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