Streaming giant Netflix is rolling out its games to more devices. In the past, the company has only made its games available on Android and iOS, but now, it is using its streaming tech to test its titles on TVs and computers.
“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, Netflix’s Vice President of games, writes in a new blog post. “Today, we’re taking the first step in making games playable on every device where our members enjoy Netflix.”
“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.”
He continues: “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.”
Adding: “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.”
To play Netflix games on a TV, fans can use the controller app that Netflix recently released. When selecting a game, the TV will display a QR code; it is then scanned with a phone which becomes a controller. The games will be available via supported desktop browsers in the coming weeks, with PC and Mac keyboards and mouses also used as controllers.
Get a taste of Netflix games below.