Netflix now comes with Android video games for paying subscribers

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Zoom / Only five games are on Android at the moment, but Ars Technica is notorious for having more Netflix Games projects for smartphones in the pipeline.


After a limited excitement for the region earlier this year, the Netflix gaming campaign officially kicked off this week as the company releases an update to its Android app. Starting tomorrow, all Android Netflix subscribers will start seeing a row called either “N Games” or “Games On Mobile” inside the regular video streaming app. The games are only for smartphones and tablets.

And if you don’t want to wait, no need – the games are now live.

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Today’s announcement confirms what we already knew after a beta version was launched in late August in Poland. Netflix games are downloaded to your Android device instead of streamed from Netflix cloud servers. (Subscription services like Nvidia GeForce Now, Xbox Game Streaming, and Amazon Luna remain poised to contend for the “Netflix of gaming” crown, streaming computation-intensive games from server farms to your favorite screen.)

Plus a couple of games suitable for smartphones based on Weird things In the series, Netflix Games currently includes three more arcade-y tap-action games. And just like the licensed games, all of these titles were previously released on smartphone storefronts. Now that you’re part of Netflix Games, the games have been updated to work without any upfront costs or hidden microtransactions.

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This is the main factor that sets Netflix games apart, and it’s like Amazon’s 2015 attempt to break into the Android gaming world by giving games away And Pay game makers based on how often their games are downloaded and played. ‘Amazon Underground’ required a side app to be downloaded – a move that received far less attention than when Epic Games did the same with It is an electronic game After years. Amazon’s efforts failed and died less than two years later.

Sharing your account? Not a problem

Today’s announcement does not include any mention of Apple’s smartphone and tablet ecosystem; Instead, you have to look at Official Twitter account “Netflix Geeked” To ensure that iOS support for Netflix games is “on the way.” As we emphasized earlier, the credential verification system in place on Android should accurately translate to iOS when Netflix Games go to launch there. (This is certainly not the first time that Netflix has rolled out new and interesting features on Android before iOS.)

An example of how the Netflix Games interface will look inside the regular Netflix app on Android starting Wednesday, November 3rd.
Zoom / An example of how the Netflix Games interface will look inside the regular Netflix app on Android starting Wednesday, November 3rd.


Once the Netflix Android app update rolls out tomorrow, it will allow users to stay inside the Netflix app, find each game as an individual download, and confirm Netflix credentials before uploading games. While Netflix says that some of its games will need to check in with a server every time you play, it has confirmed that some launch games can run completely offline — at least, after you sign in and confirm your Netflix credentials before completely shutting down each game, putting Your smartphone is in airplane mode, and download games again.

Speaking of flexibility, if your Netflix account supports multiple, simultaneous logins (like the US$17.99 “4K” plan per month), Netflix Games will do the same. Everyone can log in and play games at the same time until the account’s “maximum devices” limit is reached. At this point, the app will issue alerts in the same way it does with video account sharing. And while all games so far are child-friendly (especially because they don’t contain microtransactions), the games are currently listed as “adult” content and therefore require either an adult account or access to a PIN.

Today’s slate of games looks like the fare you’d expect from a former Zynga executive who runs the newly created Netflix game category. But that CEO, Mike Verdo, insists there’s more to come. “Just like our series, movies and specials, we want to design games for any level of play and for every type of player, whether you’re a beginner or a lifelong player,” he wrote in today’s announcement. Ars Technica is familiar with at least two Netflix Games projects that are the most surprising of the games we’ve seen on today’s list.

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