Black Mirror’s New Interactive Episode Doesn’t Work On Certain Devices

Charlie Brooker’s new instalment of Black Mirror has finally dropped, and it’s ground-breaking. The ‘event’ will allow you to make your own choices throughout the episode, and have choose your own adventure. A bit like those books you used to have when you were a kid (turn to page 25 etc).

According to Netflix, there are “five main endings with multiple variants of each,” but there are also various routes you can take.

If you take the quickest path (and don’t choose do-overs), you can make it through the film in just 40 minutes. However, the average viewing time is 90 minutes.

Netflix said: “There are choices to be made, challenges to overcome, dangers to encounter and, as always in life (and Black Mirror ), consequences to be had. Choosing wisely could lead to triumph while taking the wrong path could end in disaster — but who’s to say what’s ‘right’ and ‘wrong,’ anyway? And fret not because once one experience comes to a close, you can — and should! — go back and make a new choice, alter the path of your story and maybe even change its outcome.”

However, due to the nature of the show being interactive – you will not be able to watch it on:

BT YouView box
Amazon FireStick
Samsung Smart TV (Older models)
Apple TV
Google Chromecast
Virgin TiVo

Everything else will work (Smart TVs, laptops etc).

According to the Netflix website: “Interactive content is available on many newer devices, including smart TVs, streaming media players, game consoles, and iOS devices running the latest version of the Netflix app. Android devices running Android 6.11 or later also support interactive content.”

If you see a red and white lightning bolt in the corner of the screen, you’ll be able to watch. Otherwise, you won’t be able to use the interactive functions.

There is also a short instructional video before the episode to explain how the interactive elements work.

Have fun, and go play.