Netflix will soon begin testing out its catalog of mobile video games on other platforms. Previously, the library of fifty-something titles such as TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge and Stranger Things: 1984 were only playable via Netflix’s phone app. There is a catch, however.
The beta test is open only for “a small number of members in Canada and the UK on select TVs starting today, and on PCs and Macs through Netflix.com on supported browsers in the next few weeks.”
If you’re wondering how games will be played on the TV, Netflix will rely on users’ phones. It’s unclear if Bluetooth-enabled controllers will be compatible.
Testing will be restricted to specific devices:
“This limited beta is meant to test our game streaming technology and controller, and to improve the member experience over time. Games on TV will operate on select devices from our initial partners including: Amazon Fire TV Streaming Media Players, Chromecast with Google TV, LG TVs, Nvidia Shield TV, Roku devices and TVs, Samsung Smart TVs, and Walmart ONN. Additional devices will be added on an ongoing basis.”
Currently, Netflix has over 50 games available on mobile platforms. The titles are included in all Netflix memberships at no additional cost. Kids’ profiles are not able to access the games, thankfully.
I had forgotten that Netflix gaming was a thing. News regarding games released on the streaming service has flown far under the radar.
There must be a market for it since the streaming giant is expanding beyond handheld devices. However, can it compete with Apple Arcade and gaming consoles?
Have you played any of these games on your phone? What has your experience been? Let us know in the comments section below.[Source: Netflix]
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