Netflix releases free new app set to allow users to play games on their TV with their smartphones – Daily Mail

By Shannon Mcguigan


Netflix has launched a new app, suggesting they are venturing into the world of gaming. 
The entertainment goliath has been a key player since the dawn of streaming movies and TV series, and the platform first dipped its toes into gaming in November 2021. 
Now the company has released the app on App Store for IOS users. 
But don’t get too excited, as no information on what games or when the app will make it to our TV screens has been released just yet.
Netflix has not been forthcoming with details, simply writing in the app description: ‘Coming soon to Netflix.’
Netflix has been silent about when and what games will be gracing its new app
Forty games are expected to be launched this year. The streaming platform is said to be working on another 70 with its partners
The ‘Netflix Game Controller’ app will allow customers to play games on their TVs, through pairing your mobile phone and using it as a controller.
So no expensive game consoles are needed. 
The app will have four buttons of various colours, and will resemble controllers used to play on PlayStation or Xbox.
Along with the four buttons, it will have a movable direction toggle and a menu button at the top.
Since October 2022, Netflix has been open about its intentions for cloud streaming technology, with its vice president of gaming clarifying at TechCrunch Disrupt event that the app won’t be competing with PlayStation or Xbox.
‘It’s a value add. We’re not asking you to subscribe as a console replacement.’ 
He added: ‘It’s a completely different business model. The hope is over time that it just becomes this very natural way to play games wherever you are.’
The controller on the app is said to have four buttons of varying colours and a movable toggle, similar to a PlayStation controller (pictured) 
In March 2023, the platform revealed it had 40 games expected to be launched in the upcoming year.
Netflix are also working with its partners on 70 additional games, as well as 16 that are being produced in its in-house studio.
The streaming giant will also be pairing up with other franchises to deliver specific games to customers, with no extra cost involved.
Ustwo Monument Valley 1 and 2 will be among the franchises gracing the Netflix gaming app, TechCrunch reports.
The app will be available on Apple devices with iOS 15 software or later. However Android users will be in for a lengthier wait. 
Netflix declined to comment. 
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