Netflix begins limited testing of cloud-streamed games

  • Netflix has confirmed that it is testing out cloud-streamed games in the UK and Canada.
  • The test is on a select range of TVs, as well as specific models of PC and Mac via its website.
  • Two games are currently available to stream – Oxenfree and Molehew’s Mining Adventure.

In 2021 Netflix laid out its intent to become a player in the gaming market by launching a selected number of mobile games as freely available to subscribers. In the following years, it has slowly been growing its library of offerings, and now the streaming platform is looking into cloud-streamed games too.

This as it has announced a limited test in the United Kingdom and Canada.

Right now, the test is available on a selected number of TV models, with access set to be opened up to PC and Mac devices via Netflix’s website in the coming weeks. Added to this will be the integration of user smartphones to serve as the controllers for the two games that are a part of the test.

“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 on supported browsers in the next few weeks,” a blog post for the company explained.

“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 with a keyboard and mouse,” it continued.

Should you be a Netflix subscriber in the UK or Canada, the following devices have been listed as capable of accessing the cloud-streamed games test, with more set to join as the testing expands:

  • Amazon Fire TV Streaming Media Players,
  • Chromecast with Google TV,
  • LG TVs,
  • Nvidia Shield TV,
  • Roku devices and TVs,
  • Samsung Smart TVs,
  • Walmart ONN.

It will be interesting to see how Netflix’s foray into cloud-streamed games goes, especially with the likes of Google failing to make it work with Stadia. Perhaps the indie or non-AAA approach will prove more fruitful for the streaming platform.

“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,” the post concluded.


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