Back during the few days that Netflix was planning to break itself in half and shunt the DVD-by-mail portion of its operation into a new service called Qwikster, the company announced plans to begin renting video game discs for the Microsoft Xbox 360, Sony PlayStation 3, and Nintendo Wii by mail in addition to movies on DVD and Blu-ray. Those plans are now, like the Qwikster plan itself, dead. Netflix has no need for games at this time. Engadget has the quote.
CEO Reed Hastings confirmed the company has "no plans" to offer videogames for rental, which had been announced as part of the later-retracted Qwikster spinoff. As far as offering current season episodes of TV shows for cord-cutters, it won't be bidding on those either. When it comes to 3D, Blu-ray 3D discs are already in the mix, while the company is "looking into" streaming 3D.
So, no games then. It's really not a big loss; GameFly and Redbox seem to have the game rental business wrapped up these days. However, looking at the other part of this news... if streaming 3D movies becomes an option, here's hoping that this new side of the service works with the Nintendo 3DS. Watching 3D movies on a television still requires those cumbersome and expensive glasses. The 3DS's no-glasses-needed 3D display makes it a natural for watching 3D movies. The 3DS is doing well in the market at last, but 3D streaming Netflix content would bring it an entirely new killer app that the current handheld competition couldn't touch.