Netflix update may bring groundbreaking new feature
It’s an exciting time to be a Netflix subscriber. In addition to its huge range of new and old movies and TV shows, the streaming giant revealed yesterday that it will soon be hosting an entirely new type of content. Yes, Netflix looks set to become the best entertainment destination available by expanding into video games for the first time.
Within the next year, customers will have access to a library of games in addition to the usual movie and TV options. The change has been rumored for months, but it’s now pretty much confirmed, after Netflix poached a top gaming manager. Mike Verdu previously worked with Facebook on their Oculus virtual reality gaming headsets and for the mobile division of EA Games.
Games will likely be added as a new section, just like documentaries or stand-up comedy specials. The best part? Bloomberg reports that Netflix does not plan to charge subscribers anything extra to get their hands on the game.
There’s still a lot we don’t know. Netflix has not confirmed which games will be included, or how many. There are also no details on whether Netflix plans to make its own games, just as it has done with movies and shows. But the idea is sure to thrill fans of Netflix’s crowd-pleasing original shows.
It’s not the first time Netflix has experimented with gaming. Interactive “choose your own adventure” movie Black Mirror: Bandersnatch was a huge hit in 2018 and hit shows Stranger Things and Money Heist already have their own tie-in games. And way back when it was a DVD rental service, Netflix put video games right at your door.
Experts believe the bold move is an attempt to win over customers of rival streaming services such as Amazon Prime and Disney Plus. While Prime offers access to games, only five titles are available per month.
Meanwhile, Sony, Google, Apple and Microsoft all have their own video game subscription services: Xbox Game Pass offers access to more than 100 games for console and PC, just like Playstation Now. Nintendo Switch is good for retro gaming fans, with plenty of NEs and SNES classics, while Apple Arcade and Google Play Pass are just for mobile gamers
But with 208 million subscribers giving it enough clout to play big games, Netflix just might be the best yet — watch this space.
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