If you were excited for Netflix Cloud Gaming on your TV, it might be worth calming down. As it turns out, Netflix Cloud Gaming has a hard capped resolution of just 720p, no matter the output of your display.
We previous reported on Netflix’s plans to release its cloud gaming platform on SmartTVs other than Apple TV. While the service already has a number of downsides — such as using a phone app as a controller — the biggest issue now is resolution.
In a report by FlatPanelsHD, it’s revealed that the upper bounds of Netflix Cloud Gaming is just 1280x720, aka 720p. While this resolution looks fine on a smartphone, it’s far less ideal on a huge 4K — or even 8K now — television.
In comparison, Google’s now-deceased Stadia service streamed in 4K to users years ago. Nvidia GeForce Now also supports 4K or high framerates of 144fps. Xbox Cloud Gaming, via Game Pass, runs at 1080p 60fps. Despite being the newest service, Netflix’s game streaming is years behind its contemporaries.
At the time of writing, Netflix’s game streaming only supports two titles in a handful of countries. As the service is still in a testing period, the resolution of game streaming could be increased. However, 720p is still a ridiculously low resolution for a service designed for TV.
While Netflix is having issues with its TV and film streaming, the company is funnelling loads of money into creating a strong gaming ecosystem. With game streaming becoming a prominent part of the games industry over the past few years, Netflix is hoping to become a key player in the industry.
Alongside a number of exclusive deals for upcoming Assassin’s Creed games, Netflix Gaming is also bringing a number of critically acclaimed games to new platforms. A number of new games are also in development at the company, including a game based on Zack Snyder’s Rebel Moon.
Netflix Game Streaming seems off to a rough start, even in its testing period. Hopefully, the service can be improved by its proper launch.