Streaming giant Netflix is expanding its games platform beta to the US, they have announced in an update.
Notably, the feature launched in August in Canada and the UK. It allows users to play games streamed from the cloud on devices, including TVs and computers.
In the blog post, Netflix concedes that it is only a “limited” beta test. It has been reported that they used the same word to describe the launch in August. As with that instance, the only two games available are Oxenfree from the streamer’s Night School Studio and Molehew’s Mining Adventure.
The blog post reads: “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.”
Continuing: “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.”
Elsewhere, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, Netflix plans to release games based on its own hit titles, including Squid Game, Extraction, Black Mirror and Wednesday. Allegedly, it has had discussions with Take-Two about licencing a Grand Theft Auto game.