Netflix is planning to introduce video games to its film and TV streaming service subsequent yr in accordance to a report by Bloomberg. While deliberations are usually not being made public proper now, pictures discovered by Twitter person @IdleSloth84 throughout the iOS app code recommend there could even be a partnership with Sony to carry their video games to the service.

Despite including video games to Netflix, inside sources state the corporate won’t be rising costs to account for the additional content material. The video games will as an alternative seem as a new programming style comparable to the documentary and stand-up specials classes. The present purpose is to introduce gaming to the service throughout the subsequent yr, though deliberations are nonetheless ongoing.

Netflix is already recruiting for individuals to be part of its Product Innovation workforce with mentions of “game-like experiences” throughout the listings. The workforce is anticipated to develop over the subsequent few months and so they have already recruited Mike Verdu to turn into vice chairman of recreation improvement. Verdu has beforehand labored as Facebook’s vice chairman of AR/VR content material, working with builders to carry video games to their Oculus Rift, Quest, and Go VR headsets. Before that he was Senior Vice President at EA Mobile and has additionally labored at firms like Atari and Zynga.

Netflix’s iOS app already has recordsdata hidden deep inside that pertain to the corporate’s plans to add video games to its service. These embody an “N Game” emblem and a shark fin emblem that corroborates claims the gaming service’s codename is “Shark”. According to @IdleSloth84, the datamined pictures within the code additionally embody stylized artwork of PS5 DualSense controllers and art work for Ghost of Tsushima, suggesting there could even be a partnership with Sony within the works. Netflix has already signed a deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment to stream films just like the Uncharted movie as soon as their theater runs have come to an finish, so a gaming partnership between the 2 wouldn’t be too far-fetched.

Despite this potential partnership, Sony continues to be aiming to enhance their very own recreation streaming service, PlayStation Now. Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan has confirmed they’re at present engaged on a cloud technique that’s “unique and only on PlayStation“. This includes exchanging ideas with rival Microsoft, with whom they’re in a strategic partnership, to utilize some of the latter company’s cloud assets. News on Sony’s streaming cloud service plans and any potential Netflix partnership will be announced “when the time is right”.

[Source: Bloomberg, Twitter]