Netflix made a foray into gaming in 2021, but the service has only been available on Android and iOS. In a blog post on Monday, the company announced that it is bringing its games to more devices in a limited beta test to see how its game streaming technology and controller work.
“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,” Mike Verdu, Vice President of Games at Netflix, shared. “Today, we’re taking the first step in making games playable on every device where our members enjoy Netflix — TVs, computers, and mobile.”
Netflix is beginning the expansion to a “small number” of members in Canada and the UK on select TVs and devices from its 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. The limited beta test will also be rolling out on PCs and Macs via Netflix.com on supported browsers “in the next few weeks.”
The rollout will start with two games – Oxenfree from Night School Studio (Netflix’s in-house studio) and the gem-mining arcade title Molehew’s Mining Adventure. While members of PCs and Macs can play games on Netflix.com with a keyboard and mouse, members on TVs can use their phones as controllers through the Netflix Game Controller app.
Netflix wants to improve members’ experience worldwide by making games available on more devices. The company added that it looks forward to hearing feedback from beta testers and sharing more on the project soon.