So far, it’s extremely underwhelming.
According to Android Authority, Netflix’s gaming effort consists of two video games for the time being: Stranger Things 1984 and Stranger Things 3. Both are simply video games that you simply obtain from the Google Play Store. Worse, you’ll be able to’t launch the video games on their very own — it’s a must to launch them from the Netflix app.
Perhaps I’m being cynical, however I anticipated much more. I believe different folks did too.
Here’s the factor — Netflix kinda overestimated its gaming plans by hiring a former EA and Oculus govt to steer the gaming push. And whereas the corporate did beforehand state it will concentrate on cell to begin, there was an expectation that Netflix would do greater than flip its app right into a glorified sport launcher.
Several firms try to create platforms which are the gaming equal of Netflix. There’s Google Stadia, Microsoft xCloud and Nvidia GeForce Now, to call a couple of. None of those are good options, however the foundations are there for folks to stream video games from the cloud as a substitute of investing in expensive computer systems or consoles and operating the video games regionally on these gadgets.
What Netflix is testing in Poland doesn’t appear to be something like that. Of course, an organization has to begin someplace and Netflix admitted as a lot in a tweet concerning the gaming function, noting it’s nonetheless in an “early stage.” The tweet got here from the Polish Netflix account and is in Polish, however you’ll be able to learn a translation beneath:
“Let’s talk about Netflix games. Starting today, users in Poland can try out two Android mobile games: Stranger Things 1984 and Stranger Things 3. We are at an early stage and we still have a lot of work to do in the coming months, but this is our first step.”
And whereas the concept of Netflix launching video games that solely work in the event you obtain them after which open them with the Netflix app isn’t nice, it’s added worth for subscribers; in a follow-up tweet, Netflix confirmed the video games wouldn’t have advertisements or in-app purchases.
It additionally is sensible in a method. Apple successfully blocked sport streaming apps on iOS by including an App Store rule that requires all video games to be accessible as downloads from the App Store, prohibiting firms from launching streaming apps that permit customers entry a number of titles in a single place. While Microsoft and Google labored round it by launching progressive net app (PWA) variations of their sport streaming service, Netflix’s gaming platform appears to go the opposite route by placing the video games onto app shops however requiring the Netflix app to make use of them.
Granted, in the present day’s announcement was about Android, not iOS, however maybe Netflix selected this selection to appease Apple and ensure it wouldn’t have points getting its gaming service onto Apple gadgets sooner or later. It’s not fully clear if which means Netflix gained’t supply streamable video games as properly.
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