While Netflix streaming has been an XBox 360 exclusive for quite a while now, we’ve known for a long time that the video rental company harbored greater games console ambitions. CEO Reed Hastings said as much all the way back in October 2007, and Netflix has sinced followed up with a number of customer surveys exploring demand for PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii support.
More proof that Netflix is serious about widening support beyond the XBox 360 emerged today after a recent job advertisement on Monster.com was spotted seeking a lead engineer responsible for the company’s “gaming platforms” – plural.
The gaming platforms team is responsible for prototyping, testing and building the Netflix experience for gaming consoles. We’re tasked with bringing the latest generation of movie discovery and delivery technology to the gaming console platforms our growing subscribers use every day.
More from the job spec:
You have years of experience both building and leading the development of games on the current generation gaming consoles. You are familiar with several of those consoles, the technical hurdles associated with them, and the means of navigating those hurdles.
As for which other “current generation gaming consoles” Netflix has in mind, beyond PS3 and Wii support, the PlayStation Portable (PSP) could be a possibility. As could Apple’s iPod touch and iPhone, although despite featuring a 3G connection would, at the request of AT&T and co, probably be restricted to WiFi only.