The PlayStation 5 will launch with apps for a number of popular streaming services, including Netflix and Disney Plus, Sony announced Thursday in a PlayStation Blog post.
While it seems that not every media app currently available on the PlayStation 4 will make it to the PS5 in time for launch, several heavy hitters will be ready when the console debuts on Nov. 12:
- Apple TV (new to the PlayStation family, and also coming to PlayStation 4)
- Disney Plus
Sony confirmed that PS5 users will be able to stream songs from Spotify as background music while playing games, just like on PS4. The PS5’s new Control Center, which was showcased in Sony’s PS5 user interface video last week, will make it easy for users to “quickly switch between channels, skip, and pause your music,” according to Sony. The company also said that the PS5 will be integrated with both Twitch and YouTube. You’ll be able to “watch or livestream your favorite gameplay and chat live about the best moments with fellow gamers” on Twitch via the console, and “broadcast and share your epic gameplay moments directly to your YouTube channel,” Sony said.
Additional apps are on the way to the PS5: Amazon Video, Hulu, MyCanal, and Peacock. While we know these apps will appear on the new console, it’s currently unclear if they’ll be ready for launch. It’s also worth noting that Sony’s blog post makes no mention of a number of major media apps that are currently available on PS4, including HBO Max, MLB TV, NFL Sunday Ticket, and Showtime. We’ve reached out to Sony for further details, and we’ll update this article with any information we receive.
The PS5 dashboard will feature a Media section that will house all of these streaming apps. Interestingly, Sony said that players will “no longer need to download entertainment apps” from the PlayStation Store (much like the PlayStation Store itself, which is integrated into the PS5 interface rather than being a separate app). It’s unclear if the console will come with all of the apps preinstalled, somehow stream the content into the UI, or just download apps to the system the first time players click on the associated icons. We’ve asked Sony for clarification on this.
Sony also revealed Thursday that the PS5 Media Remote will feature dedicated buttons for Disney Plus, Netflix, Spotify, and YouTube. (The company unveiled the remote back in April, but had left the buttons blank until now.) The remote, which will be available at launch, will cost $29.99.
Update 1: Crunchyroll independently reached out to Polygon to say that its app will also be available at launch on PlayStation 5.
Update 2: Hulu will be available on PlayStation 5 at launch, a source with knowledge of the situation told Polygon.
Update 3: Funimation also reached out to Polygon to confirm that its app will be available on Nov. 12.
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