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While Netflix originally began its foray into gaming in 2021, access to such content was only available on select mobile devices.  Now, Netflix is looking to expand these horizons, having just announced support for its gaming features on both televisions and computers.

“By making games available on more devices, we hope to make games even easier to play for our members around the world. While we’re still very early in our games journey, we’re excited to bring joy to members with games.”

Streaming Services

Before taking a closer look at gaming on Netflix, make sure to learn more about the following top streaming services currently on offer.

Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX)

Netflix is a popular global streaming service that offers a vast library of movies, TV shows, and original content across genres. Subscribers can access content on various devices and enjoy ad-free, on-demand entertainment. With its user-friendly interface and personalized recommendations, Netflix has revolutionized the way people consume entertainment, becoming a dominant force in the streaming industry.

The Story of Netflix | 25th Anniversary | Netflix

Market Cap: $1.88B

Price to Earnings Ratio (P/E): 45.56

Earnings Per Share (EPS): $9.39

At the time of writing, Netflix (NFLX) boasted the above metrics and is listed as a ‘Strong Buy' among most major investment firms.

Apple TV+ (NASDAQ: AAPL)

Apple Inc. is a giant multinational technology company that is renowned for its innovation. The company designs, manufactures, and markets consumer electronics, computer software, and online services such as Apple TV+. Its most famous products include the iPhone, iPad, and Mac computers.  Beyond hardware, Apple also boasts some of the most intuitive software to be found, with offerings like iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and watchOS.  Overall, Apple is a company globally recognized for its suite of polished products boasting best-in-class designs, quality, and user experience.

The Storytellers Behind Apple TV+

Market Cap: $2.80T

Price to Earnings Ratio (P/E): 30.16

Earnings Per Share (EPS): $5.95

At the time of writing, Apple (AAPL) boasted the above metrics and is listed as a ‘Strong Buy' among most major investment firms.

How Does it Work?

If interested in playing games through Netflix, you might be wondering how this is achieved.  To that end, Netflix states that it is “introducing a controller that we already have in our hands most of the day – our phones”.  This is a logical and convenient approach that lowers the barrier to entry by eliminating the need to buy a standalone controller.  A phone also provides significantly more capabilities than the rudimentary controls that would be available via your TV remote.  Netflix does note that, for those on a PC or Mac, a keyboard and mouse is able to be used.

OXENFREE | Official Game Trailer | Netflix

Initially, there will be two games available to play as Netflix rolls out support for gaming on TVs and computers.  These include ‘Oxenfree', as seen in the above trailer, and ‘Molehew's Mining Adventure'.

Learning from Google

As access to high-speed internet becomes available to the masses, there may come a time when consumers cease to purchase home console units in favor of a gaming streaming service.  To get an idea of what this may look like, just consider the now-shuttered Stadia platform by Google.

Stadia was ahead of its time, and despite access to many quality games without the need for a console, there simply were not enough gamers with access to high-speed internet that had an interest in becoming monthly subscribers.

Clearly, Netflix has taken the failure of Stadia into account and is opting to tread lightly.  This can be seen through its decision to forego graphically intensive games, selling a standalone controller, etc.  For now, Netflix offering access to short and easily accessible games is a good way to set itself apart from a growing crop of rival streaming services (Disney+, PrimeVideo, AppleTV+, Paramount+, Max, etc.).  In time, it may just grow into what Stadia had once hoped it could be.

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