Netflix announced today it introduced a new feature to its games service, allowing members to create gamepads while they are playing its exclusive titles. TechCrunch has previous report This feature is in development and has been quietly tested on a select number of titles, including The Breach, Bowling Ballers, Mahjong Solitaire, and Heads Up. Now, the option is rolling out more widely to members on both iOS and Android devices, the company said.
Gamepad allows Netflix subscribers to create a unique username that can be used on Netflix games, including multiplayer titles like Rival Pirates, where the controller can help identify players or in other games that include leaderboards like Dominoes Café and Lucky Luna, for example.
Netflix also notes that the gamepad will help players discover other gamers, make friends, and play together.
These social features also discovered during development Recently, when references in the code of the mobile app showed that the company was working on ways users could invite each other to play games, show when they are online with a status and more again. However, at the time, Netflix did not comment on the development, only saying that it was “exploring various features to enrich Netflix’s mobile gaming experience”.
To use the new gamepad feature, Netflix users need to first download mobile games to their devices and then sign in with their Netflix credentials. On iOS, the games Rival Pirates and Lucky Luna will let you choose a handle in the game at launch. On Android, the experience is easier as you can simply navigate to the Games tab in the Netflix app and tap the banner that says “Create Your Netflix Game Controller.”
By using a game controller, Netflix members can play games and find friends without having to reveal their personal information, such as their Netflix account name or real name. But it also sets the stage for more intense gaming experiences in the future, where gamepads may be essential to gameplay or may enable other ways of interacting with people. play other games.
Netflix suggests there’s still a lot more in store on this front, saying today that “this feature is just the first step in building a consistent game experience for our members around the world.” ” in its announcement.
The company confirmed the list of games that support the gamepad as of launch today includes Into The Breach, Bowling Ballers, Mahjong Solitaire, Heads Up! Netflix Edition and Wild Things: Animal Adventures. However, only Rival Pirates, Lucky Luna, and Dominoes Cafe allow players to use their gamepads in the game for the time being.