Around a week ago, Netflix launched a new ‘Game Controller’ app, which mostly gave away what the streaming company is going to offer, but we now have an official announcement. The streaming platform has now begun its cloud gaming test in select countries, so you can stream games on devices including TVs, PCs and more via the Netflix app.
Netflix announced through a blog post that it is taking the first step in making games playable on every device where it’s members use Netflix, such as TVs, computers, and mobile. A limited beta test for cloud gaming is being rolled out to a small number of members in Canada and the UK by Netflix. The rollout began on select TVs on August 14, 2023, and it will be available in the next few weeks on PCs and Macs through Netflix.com on supported browsers.
Two games will be part of this initial test: Oxenfree from Night School Studio, a Netflix Game Studio, and Molehew’s Mining Adventure, a gem-mining arcade game. This is where the ‘Netflix Game Controller’ app comes into play, as you can use it to play games on TV. “Members on PCs and Macs can play on Netflix.com with a keyboard and mouse”, said the streaming platform.
The brand says this limited beta is meant to test its game streaming technology and controller and improve the member experience over time. Games on TV will operate on select devices from Netflix’s 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. According to the company, additional devices will be added in the near future.
Netflix began its gaming journey back in 2021 when it added mobile games to Netflix app. The catalogue of available titles has expanded ever since, where members on an Android or iOS tablet or smartphone see a dedicated games row with all the available titles.