It’s officially porting its games to more devices. So far, the company’s impressive game library is only available on iOS and Android. Now, though, Netflix has started using its streaming technology to publicly test its titles on TVs and computers.
“Our goal has always been to provide a game for everyone, and we work hard to meet members wherever they are with a service that is easy to access, seamless, and widespread,” said Mike Verdue, Vice President of Games at Netflix, . Today, we’re taking the first step in making games playable on every device where our members enjoy Netflix.
Testing appears to be very limited at the moment. Only two games will be available at the start: oxygenfree (Netflix just released the sequel to its own name) and a gem-mining arcade title Molieu’s Mining Adventure.
The beta is only open to a small number of Netflix subscribers in the UK and Canada on Amazon Fire TV and Chromecast streaming media players with Google TV, LG TVs, NVIDIA Shield TVs, Roku devices, TVs, Samsung Smart TVs, and Walmart ONN. The company will add support for more devices later.
To play Netflix games on a TV, you can use When you select a game, the TV will display a QR code. Scan this with your phone to use it as a controller.
The games will also be available to try on the Netflix website across supported desktop browsers in the next few weeks. You will be able to use keyboard and mouse to control it on PC and Mac.
Netflix says the goal of the test is to put the game and console streaming technology implementation through their paces. Given the complex nature of rights agreements with many publishers, it’s not yet clear if Netflix will bring all the games in its library to TVs and web browsers. For example, you will need a Netflix subscription to play And or originally on your phone, but these games are all available on other platforms. Anyway, there’s a big new player coming to the cloud gaming space.
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