Netflix expands gaming experience to TV, PC, and Mac

Last week, Netflix launched its Game Controller app for iOS. The app can turn your smartphone or tablet into a controller, allowing you to play games on your TV. In an exciting move, the streaming giant today announced that it is diving deeper into the world of gaming by expanding its offerings to select TVs, PCs, and Macs.

This test is currently underway in Canada and the United Kingdom, marking a significant step in Netflix’s quest to provide a diverse gaming experience for its members.  Since 2021, when mobile games were first introduced to the platform, Netflix’s aim has been clear – to create a game for every kind of player and ensure seamless accessibility.

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Netflix games Oxenfree and Molehew’s Mining Adventure are now available to play on additional platforms as part of a beta test

Starting with a limited beta test, a handful of lucky members will be able to explore two initial game titles: “Oxenfree” from Night School Studio, one of Netflix’s in-house game studios, and the gem-mining arcade game “Molehew’s Mining Adventure.” What’s intriguing is the approach Netflix is taking for controls. Gamers can use the device they’re already familiar with – their smartphones – to play on TV. For PCs and Macs, traditional keyboard and mouse inputs will do the trick.

The convenience factor is a significant highlight. The games can be enjoyed through various devices, 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. Although currently not available on Apple TV, Netflix is committed to expanding compatibility to even more devices in the near future.

As highlighted by Netflix in a blog post, its focus during this testing phase is not just on the games themselves, but also on enhancing the game streaming technology and refining the user experience. Feedback from beta testers will play a crucial role in this process, as Netflix aims to make gaming an even more seamless part of its overall entertainment ecosystem.

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Since the introduction of mobile games in 2021, Netflix has amassed a library of over 50 titles. The best part? Access to these games is included with your standard Netflix membership – no extra fees or in-app purchases required.

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Asma is an editor at iThinkDifferent with a strong focus on social media, Apple news, streaming services, guides, mobile gaming, app reviews, and more. When not blogging, Asma loves to play with her cat, draw, and binge on Netflix shows.