PS5 Apps: Netflix, YouTube, Spotify & more all available from launch

Alonzo Simpson
October 24, 2020

The company went on to state that the upcoming PS5 will not just be a gaming console, it will be an entertainment hub for the users.

Additionally, Sony says that it will have a new Media Remote available for the PS5 at launch, but it provided no pricing information. In a blog post published this week, Sony has confirmed that the next-gen console will launch with a few popular streaming apps.

The company said that there will be a dedicated space exclusively for media entertainment, located right next to the Game home screen for users to easily access their entertainment apps. Sony also has a non-exhaustive list of additional streaming apps on the way, including Amazon Prime Video, MyCanal, Hulu, Peacock (NBC's new streaming service) "and more". Further, the most welcome change here is an app for Disney Plus. While this won't make much difference in India, HBO Max subscribers in the U.S. will be affected.

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In a blog post, Sony's Phil Rosenberg has detailed which services should be available on day one, and the predictable candidates are all there, including Netflix, Disney+, YouTube and Twitch, as well as Apple TV, which is fresh and new to the PlayStation platform.

While the industry's efforts to make home gaming consoles the centre of family entertainment have had their bumps and weird spots - is anyone still using an Xbox One Digital TV Tuner? - the reality of 2020 is that it would be pretty odd if the PS5 didn't support a wide array of streaming services out of the box. As seen in the UI walkthrough shared recently, there are two major tabs on the homepage, one for games and the other for media, allowing players to quickly switch between the two. The remote, as shown by the company is a white-coloured remote control with dedicated buttons for Netflix, Disney Plus, Spotify, and YouTube. The remote will also let users adjust volume and power settings on compatible TVs.

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