Last Updated on September 9, 2021
Netflix has started to offer games as part of a trial for Netflix Gaming in Poland. Two titles based on Netflix’s own hit series Stranger Things: 1984 and Stranger Things 3 are now available to download and play for Polish subscribers. Netflix Gaming is available only on Android for now. Netflix is building the gaming platform and going ahead Netflix Geeked Twitter account promises no ads, no in-app purchases and Netflix games will be included as part of the regular membership plan.
Netflix Gaming Launch
Netflix Gaming launch is said to happen as early as next year, and the Netflix video game streaming service will come at no extra cost.
So, you can get both Netflix Gaming and streaming service with the same subscription. The streaming giant is all set to enter the much sought-after segment, gaming. While other tech companies are somehow trying to get into the category either with online streaming or a platform to directly play games without a console, Netflix will be ahead leaps and bounds because of all it’s massive customer base.
The Netflix video game streaming service will be fully kicked off early next year. The games on Netflix will show up right alongside TV shows and movies, and the games will be available with the already available catalogues to Netflix subscribers.
Netflix could choose to launch at one of the big trade shows, such as the Games Developers Conference (GDC) (scheduled for 21-25 March 2022) or the big one, E3 (no date set for 2022, but it usually takes place in June). That would effectively park its tanks on PlayStation and Xbox’s lawn, and certainly grab the industry’s attention.
Netflix Gaming Price
Streaming has exploded in popularity in recent years. Just as with music and movie streaming, more people are happy to pay a monthly fee for the convenience of accessing their games online. The benefits are obvious: you can access more titles for an all-in fee, you don’t need to take up valuable space on your device by storing your content locally, and you can access the same content across all your devices.
The downside? The costs soon add up. Once you factor in one or two TV/movie services, another couple for music, and one for gaming, you could easily be looking at £40 ($40) a month.
But, according to the Bloomberg report, Netflix Games will be free, and as per the report, the company is not planning to charge anything from its customers for the video games. If Netflix is able to play the cards right, it can become a major player in the online gaming segment.
Here are the current Netflix price plans:
- Basic (watch on one screen, download to one device, no Full HD or 4K): £5.99/$8.99/AU$10.99
- Standard (watch on two screens at once, download to two devices, Full HD, no 4K): £9.99/$13.99/AU$15.99
- Premium (watch on four screens at once, download to four devices, Full HD and 4K): £13.99/$17.99/AU$19.99
Netflix has confirmed its games won’t carry adverts, and there won’t be any in-app purchases. So it’s not trying to make money those ways.
Netflix Gaming Features
The streaming giant’s initial push will be focused on gaming for mobile devices. This was revealed in a letter to investors, which also suggested that the streaming service will take inspiration from its previous dabblings in interactive content.
The letter reads:
“We’re also in the early stages of further expanding into games, building on our earlier efforts around interactivity (eg, Black Mirror Bandersnatch) and our Stranger Things games. We view gaming as another new content category for us, similar to our expansion into original films, animation and unscripted TV. Games will be included in members’ Netflix subscription at no additional cost similar to films and series. Initially, we’ll be primarily focused on games for mobile devices. We’re excited as ever about our movies and TV series offering and we expect a long runway of increasing investment and growth across all of our existing content categories, but since we are nearly a decade into our push into original programming, we think the time is right to learn more about how our members value games.”
Netflix has over 200 million subscribers worldwide, so its gaming service could automatically become the world’s biggest at launch. The idea of offering gaming for no extra fee should worry the big boys of the gaming world – Apple Arcade, Google Play, Xbox Game Pass and PlayStation Now they will all need to up their game [ahem] in order to stay competitive.
This is definitely one to watch and could upend the twin worlds of both gaming and streaming simultaneously. We’ll update this feature as we get more – stay tuned!