PlayStation 5: All Streaming Service Apps Available At Launch (UPDATED)
UPDATE: According to Gematsu. Sony has confirmed all mentioned streaming apps Amazon Prime Video, MyCanal, Hulu, and Peacock will also be available for the PlayStation 5 at launch. Additional confirmation from Polygon reveals anime streaming services Crunchyroll and Funimation will also be available on day one.
With the next-generation of consoles on the horizon, Sony and Microsoft have begun hyping up their wares to ensure a successful launch. With less than a month remaining, Sony has been especially forthcoming about the PlayStation 5 with the recent reveal of the consoles’ user interface as well as the rollout of a brand-new PlayStation Store. Continuing the companies’ string of announcements, Sony has now also unveiled all the streaming service apps that will be supported upon the platform’s launch.
Announcing the news over the PlayStation Blog, six popular media platforms were confirmed to be available on day-one, including Apple TV, Disney Plus, Netflix, Spotify, Twitch, and YouTube. Similarly to the PS4, some apps were confirmed to include greater integration with the PS5, enabling Spotify music to play during gameplay and allowing native livestreaming capabilities for both Twitch and YouTube. Other apps were also confirmed to be coming to PlayStation 5, but won’t be available until after launch: Amazon Prime Video, MyCanal, Hulu, Peacock, “and more.”
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— PlayStation (@PlayStation) October 22, 2020
As the current PlayStation 4 acts as a host for quite a few streaming apps, seeing all these popular services confirmed for the PS5 is surely a relief for many fans. However, there are a fair share of exclusions in this list, including WarnerMedia’s relatively new streaming platform HBO Max. As the Warner app boasts a considerable streaming library and is currently available on the PS4, it’s curious as to why it isn’t yet confirmed for the PlayStation 5. However, considering the app’s well-publicized disputes with Roku and Amazon Fire TV, it’s possible Sony may now be experiencing a similar stalemate with HBO Max as well.
App inclusion aside, the PlayStation 5 has been teased to feature an overhauled media center baked into the console UI, as well as a brand-new first-party remote accessory for the PS5. The peripheral includes all the usual functions such as play/pause and arrow navigation, with the added capability of voice controls and IR support for controlling TV volume and power. Most notably, the Media Remote also features four dedicated streaming buttons for Disney Plus, Netflix, Spotify, and YouTube, allowing users able to directly launch each app by pressing the corresponding button.
The PlayStation 5 is confirmed to launch on November 12th, with a worldwide release set for November 19th.
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