NETFLIX is planning to offer video games alongside TV shows and movies.
It’s a major change for the streaming app – and will put Netflix in competition with the PS5 and Xbox.
- Read the latest stories for PS5
- Keep up-to-date with all the Xbox news
- Read the latest gaming news
As part of the push, Netflix has hired a former EA and Facebook exec.
Mike Verdu is joining Netflix as Vice President of Game Design.
According to Bloomberg, video games will begin appearing on Netflix “within the next year”.
They’ll be listed as part of a new genre, living alongside existing offerings like documentaries.
Importantly, Bloomberg cites an insider as saying Netflix won’t charge extra for the video games.
It’s unclear exactly how the games will be delivered.
Most likely, games would be offered over the internet – streamed just like a TV show.
This is how existing online gaming services like Xbox Cloud Gaming and Google Stadia already work.
Rather than rely on expensive computer hardware in the home, cloud gaming lets you “borrow” the power from huge data centres.
It means you could play 4K games with stunning visuals on a laptop or TV – without the need for a games console.
The big downside is that you need a very good internet connection for game streaming.
But broadband and mobile connections are constantly improving, and so it’s much easier to stream games than ever before.
There’s no word on what sort of games Netflix will be offering either.
Netflix has experimented with interactive programming in the past with movies such as "Black Mirror: Bandersnatch" and "You vs. Wild".
They enabled viewers to decide the characters' moves in the style of a choose-your-own-adventure book.
But this latest push will tread more firmly in video game territory.
However, we don’t know whether Netflix will be making its own games, or offering existing games through a licensing deal.
Gaming tips and tricks
Looking for tips and tricks across your favourite consoles and games? We have you covered…
- Can you play PS4 games on PS5?
- PS5 vs Xbox Series X – which is better?
- Everything you need to know about Roblox
- Most popular Roblox games
- Best video games for 2021
- How to tame a boar in Fortnite
- Top 100 rated players in FIFA 21
- Best FM21 wonderkids
- How many people play Fortnite?
- Full weapon tier list from Valheim
In other news, The Sun's favourite alternative to a games console is the Oculus Quest 2 VR headset.
Check out the wildly impressive Panasonic 65HZ1000 TV, which makes most tellies look rubbish.
And Dell's Alienware R10 Ryzen Edition is a gaming PC powerhouse that crushes both the new consoles.
We pay for your stories! Do you have a story for The Sun Online Tech & Science team? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Source: Read Full Article