Surprising Netflix leak hints PlayStation may support new gaming platform

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Netflix's new gaming platform is official, after revealing it will offer games to subscribers at no additional cost with an initial focus on mobile games. Now, a new leak suggests PlayStation may offer a helping hand in kicking off the streaming giant's expansion into video games.

Spotted by BGR, data miner Steve Moser revealed images hidden in Netflix's iOS app, including pictures of concept PS5 controllers and Ghost of Tsushima. The post also showed a Netflix Game logo and a shark fin. 

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According to the leak, Netflix's upcoming game platform is currently under the working name of "Shark," hence the shark fin picture.

While the "Game" logo will most likely be what we see as one of the sections on the streaming platform's app, there is no explanation why PS5 controllers and the popular PlayStation exclusive would appear in the app. A few days after the post, Moser stated the images had been removed. 

Netflix and Sony

Earlier this year, Netflix and Sony announced a multiyear movie deal starting in 2022, which gives the streaming service first dibs on films from Sony Pictures. Interestingly, one of these movies is the upcoming Uncharted film adaptation. However, this deal doesn't state anything to do with Netflix's gaming platform.

The leaked image of Ghost of Tsushima could be a teaser for an original TV show or film to come to Netflix, while the PS5 controllers could be one of the compatible devices that can be used once Netflix's gaming platform arrives. For now, it's all speculation, but Netflix would do well to team up with PlayStation. 

Netflix already has popular gaming-based original TV shows under its belt, including The Witcher, Castlevania, and most recently Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness. With a list of PlayStation exclusives as well, there's potential for the streaming giant to shine.

It could use the extra support, too. Netflix will already face major competition from Xbox Cloud Gaming, along with Google Stadia and Amazon Luna. As these services already offer a great selection of games, especially on Xbox Game Pass, Netflix will need to offer exclusive content if they aim to keep mobile gamers on its platform.

Darragh Murphy

Darragh Murphy is fascinated by all things bizarre, which usually leads to assorted coverage varying from washing machines designed for AirPods to the mischievous world of cyberattacks. Whether it's connecting Scar from The Lion King to two-factor authentication or turning his love for gadgets into a fabricated rap battle from 8 Mile, he believes there’s always a quirky spin to be made. With a Master’s degree in Magazine Journalism from The University of Sheffield, along with short stints at Kerrang! and Exposed Magazine, Darragh started his career writing about the tech industry at Time Out Dubai and ShortList Dubai, covering everything from the latest iPhone models and Huawei laptops to massive Esports events in the Middle East. Now, he can be found proudly diving into gaming, gadgets, and letting readers know the joys of docking stations for Laptop Mag.