Netflix is becoming a cloud gaming service. The streaming company is now testing the ability to stream two video games to TVs and PCs in Canada and the UK. Some selected testers can take part in the beta program there, Netflix writes in a blog entry.
Netflix wants to offer an app for cloud gaming on the TV, which supports LG devices, Chromecasts and Fire TV sticks from Amazon. PCs and Macs stream through the browser. There, games can be controlled normally with mouse and keyboard. On the TV, Netflix offers the option of turning the cell phone into a controller via an app. So far, this application is only available for iOS devices.
Netflix has been preparing cloud gaming for some time
Netflix already offers numerous games in its mobile application. However, they are executed locally on the mobile phone. The company apparently wants to reach other devices via cloud gaming. “The hope is that over time, cloud gaming will become a very natural way to play games wherever you are,” Netflix executive Mike Verdu said at last year’s Disrupt conference.
At the time, Verdu explained the failure of the cloud gaming service Google Stadia with the business model chosen by Google. The technology, i.e. the actual cloud gaming itself, was a success: “It was fun playing games on Stadia,” said Verdu.
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Netflix’s cloud gaming service is currently still very limited – not just because it’s only available to selected people. The selection of games is also thin: Currently, Netflix’s cloud gaming only works with “Oxenfree” and “Molehew’s Mining Adventure,” Netflix writes in a blog entry. It is unclear when Netflix cloud gaming will also be available in Germany.
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