Since 2021, Netflix has suddenly entered the gaming space. In a bid to extend their reach, after disappointing numbers regarding video streaming, gaming seemed like a great revenue source. Netflix has added various games since that point for their subscribers. If you have an active Netflix subscription, you can install games on your mobile phone. But their ambitions don’t end there. Last year, Netflix also announced their interest in the cloud gaming space. And today, they’ve officially announced a Netflix Cloud Gaming Beta.
Netflix Cloud Gaming Beta
Netflix’s statement on their cloud gaming beta is as follows:
We’ve been focused on creating a great gaming experience for our members since 2021 when we added mobile games to Netflix. Our goal has always been to have a game for everyone, and we are working hard to meet members where they are with an accessible, smooth, and ubiquitous service. Today, we’re taking the first step in making games playable on every device where our members enjoy Netflix — TVs, computers, and mobile.
We are rolling out a limited beta test to 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. 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. To play our games on TV, we’re introducing a controller that we already have in our hands most of the day — our phones. Members on PCs and Macs can play on Netflix.com with a keyboard and mouse.
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.
By making games available on more devices, we hope to make games even easier to play for our members around the world. While we’re still very early in our games journey, we’re excited to bring joy to members with games. We look forward to hearing feedback from our beta testers and sharing more as we continue on the road ahead.
We’re looking forward to try it ourselves soon and will keep you updated! As expected, we will update the Cloud Gaming Catalogue with Netflix Cloud Gaming once their catalogue is available.