Netflix, the popular internet streaming giant, is expanding into the world of video gaming with the launch of a “limited beta test” of its remote play cloud gaming service. The innovative service is currently available exclusively to select broadband users in the United Kingdom and Canada who own specific TVs.
In recent years, various companies and even some broadband ISPs have tried their hand at cloud-based video gaming. These services allow gamers to play remotely by streaming games over their home broadband connections, eliminating the need to download the entire game. However, many of these attempts have failed to attract a sustainable user base.
Netflix, however, has a significant advantage due to its vast and well-established customer base. With a strong foundation already in place, the company is now entering the gaming space. In 2021, Netflix introduced basic mobile games for iOS and Android users, and it has also experimented with interactive TV shows like “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch.”
Now, with the remote play cloud gaming trial, Netflix aims to expand its gaming offerings even further. The goal is to make cloud gaming accessible on various devices, including televisions, computers, and mobile devices. The beta test, scheduled to launch in the coming weeks, will initially be accessible to PC and Mac users through Netflix's website using supported browsers. Gamers can control their gameplay using a keyboard and mouse or use their smartphones as controllers for TV or display output.
The initial selection of supported devices includes 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. During the beta test, two games will be available for evaluation: “Oxenfree” and “Molehew's Mining Adventure.”
While specific broadband speed requirements have not been disclosed, it is reasonable to assume that adhering to Netflix's video streaming recommendations is a safe approach. These recommendations suggest a minimum of 3Mbps for 720p HD video quality, 5Mbps for full 1080p HD, and 15Mbps for 4K resolution.
Netflix's entry into the cloud gaming arena has the potential to reshape how we consume and interact with digital entertainment. With its strong customer base and expansion into gaming, the future holds the promise of an enhanced and immersive gaming experience that seamlessly integrates with Netflix's existing content offerings.