For many PlayStation gamers, the only thing more important than the upcoming release of the PS5 is the launch line-up of games. However, although the PS5 will bring a host of improvements to the gaming experience, it is not merely a gaming console. It is also an entertainment hub that can be used for watching movies, series and streaming music. In a recent blog post, Sony confirmed the list of entertainment apps that will be available to use on the PS5 at launch.
For your movie and series needs, Sony has listed Apple TV, Disney+ and Netflix as apps that will be available to use on the PS5 from day 1. Anime fans will also be accommodated. On her Twitter, Taylor Lyles of The Verge claimed that she had been in contact with a spokesperson from Crunchyroll who confirmed that the Crunchyroll app will be available on the PS5 at launch.
Update: A Crunchyroll spokesperson told me today that the Crunchyroll app will also be on PS5 at launch. https://t.co/8d0i6yPKIk
— Taylor Lyles (@TayNixster) October 22, 2020
In terms of music, Sony confirmed that Spotify will be available to use on the PS5 at launch. As is the case with PS4, the Spotify app on PS5 can be used to stream music in the background while playing games. Lastly, for video game streaming, Sony listed Twitch and YouTube as apps that will be “deeply integrated” into the PS5. Both apps will allow you to watch gaming livestreams and share and broadcast your own gaming moments.
Is your favorite streaming service not listed? Do not despair just yet. Although the above apps will be available from day 1, Sony also stated that Amazon Prime Video, MyCanal, Hulu, Peacock, and more will also be coming to PS5.
As part of the PS5’s media experience, a Media Remote accessory will also be available. In addition to the typical fast-forward, pause and play buttons you would expect on a media remote, the accessory will also feature dedicated buttons for launching the Disney+, Netflix, Spotify and YouTube apps.
As seen, media and entertainment apps will be an important part of the PS5 user experience from launch. This is reflected in the PS5’s UI which, as KeenGamer has covered, will feature a dedicated media space that will allow users to easily switch between gaming and media content. The PS5 will be released on the 12th of November in the US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea. The rest of the world will have to wait a little longer for the PS5 to be released on the 19th November.