One of the best things I love most about any new gaming console are the apps—I can switch from playing Assassin's Creed III to re-watching the fifth season of Breaking Bad on Netflix without ever getting off the couch.
Beat that Atari.
The only problem I do have is that sometimes those apps get a little finicky sometimes, as Netflix does when trying to switch accounts. Whether you're using an Xbox 360 or a PlayStation 3, it's just too damn difficult to log out and log back in with another account, since the Netflix account is directly associated with the PS3 and Xbox gamertag.
Many times, you have to delete the app completely, wipe the memory from your settings, and then re-download Netflix. But, this method isn't even guaranteed to work, as it has failed many.
As it turns out, there's a little known secret that works for both the Xbox 360 and PS3 systems. When logged in to the Netflix app on your console, simple enter the secret combination below on your controller's directional pad.
- Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, Up, Up, Up, Up
No, this is not The Konami Code.
What this code does is take you to the secret Netflix diagnostics page, which you can use to deactivate and log out of your account, then associate a different Netflix account with your gamertag, among other things.
If you have a PS3, the exact same code will work, but the diagnostics page will look a bit different than the one on the Xbox 360.
All you have to do is go to your Netflix home and type in the simple code. Make sure that when you type in the code, you do it at a moderate pace. If you do it too quickly or too slowly, the code will not work.
So, you get what the log in and log out options do, but what about the rest of them?
- Show AV stats during playback shows statistics while you watch, such as memory usage, playing/buffering bitrate, total dropped video frames, etc.
- Enable frame rate counter shows the frames per second.
- Enable cache visualization caches your menu.
- Enable memory display shows how much RAM Netflix is using on your console.
- Show title safe areas shows the safe zone on Netflix (what will be displayed and what will not).
- Enable frame rate histogram gives the frames per second, over time.
- View Logs, well, shows the logs.
- View App Info, yeah... shows information about the current version of Netflix installed on your console.
- Clear Storage deletes all of the storage that Netflix has for your preferences and previous playbacks.
The video below shows some of these features in play, if you want to take a look. Or, just play around on your console. Who knows, one day these options might actually help you out.
Now, does anyone know if this also works on the Nintendo Wii console?