Thu. Sep 21st, 2023

Netflix has quietly released a game controller on Apple’s App Store, confirming rumors that the streaming service may soon let you play games on your TV.

First spotted by TechCrunch, the new Netflix game controller app seems pretty barebones at the moment. Screenshots from the App Store show a minimalist controller layout on a solid black background, with a virtual thumbstick on the left and four multicolored buttons on the right. These buttons use the same his XYAB labels used on the Xbox and Nintendo Switch controllers, but have been resized and rearranged to resemble a footprint.

Credit: Netflix

The short description for this free app reads, “Coming soon to Netflix.” “Play games on your TV with a Netflix game controller. Pair this game controller app with your TV to use your phone or mobile device to play games on Netflix.”

Upon opening the Netflix game controller, the user is prompted to select a game on their TV and follow the instructions to connect to the controller. The message also states that “Netflix games on TV are in beta” and not all devices are currently supported.

This controller is not currently available for Android, but the App Store listing says it requires an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 15.0 or later. It’s unclear which games are compatible with the controller.

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Netflix declined to comment when contacted by Mashable.

Netflix is ​​primarily known for streaming movies and TV, but the service expanded into games in November 2021 and has been quietly building its catalog ever since. Subscribers now have access to over 50 of his mobile games on Android and iOS, including popular titles such as: Oxen-free, immortalityand Into the Bleachand Netflix exclusives based on their own shows. queen’s gambit chess, too hot to touch: love is a gameand nailed it!baking bash.

The company has been exploring cloud gaming for some time now, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be the next Xbox Games Pass. Netflix’s vice president of gaming, Mike Verdu, believes gaming is a “value add” rather than a high-profile attraction and is not intended to replace dedicated consoles such as the Xbox, PlayStation and Nintendo Switch. Stated.

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