The launch of the PS5 is just around the corner and while we don't have an India launch date for the console yet, we do have a price. You can see how expensive the PS5 is in India compared to the rest of the world here. However, if you are one that uses your PS4 to binge movies and TV shows from streaming services like Netflix or Prime Video, then there is good news for you. Your favourite streaming services will be available on the PS5 on day 1.
Announcing the information, the PlayStation Blog reads, “Hi, everybody! We know that for many of you, your PlayStation console doesn’t get shut off when you’re done playing games. Entertainment like movies, TV shows, music, and gaming live streams only add to the PlayStation experience. As we continue on our road to PS5 launch, we’re pleased to announce some entertainment apps scheduled to hit the PS5 console on day one, with more apps to come in the future. ”
The apps that Sony has officially announced to be available on the PS5 at launch include Apple TV, Disney+, Netflix, Spotify, Twitch, YouTube, Amazon Prime Video, MyCanal, Hulu, Peacock, and more. While some of these apps are available in India, some are not. For example, even though there is a Disney+ app for the PS4, it isn't available in India. One quick search for the Disney+ Hotstar FAQ page and we find that there is no app for Disney+ Hotstar in India.
Whether this will be the case on the PS5 as well is only something time will tell. How the apps will work on the PS5 is also highlighted in the blog. For example, Apple TV app users will not only be able to watch the content that’s a part of their subscription but also rent or purchase movies from the Apple TV app.
With Spotify, users will be able to listen to their favourite music in the background while gaming and for YouTube, in addition to watching videos, user will be able to stream their gameplay to YouTube as well.
Speaking of game streaming, the Twitch app is also there for you to follow your favourite content creators or to stream your gameplay.
The blog post goes on to say, “As we showed in our tour of the PS5 User Experience, there will be a dedicated space exclusively for media entertainment. It’s located right next to the Game home screen, so you can quickly switch between Game or Media content. Within the Media space, you’ll no longer need to download entertainment apps through PS Store — it’s all in the Media space. Creating dedicated Game and Media spaces for the PS5 user experience will make it fast and easy to switch between gaming and entertainment content whenever you want. The PS5 console also features a new Control Center that makes controlling your music easier than ever before, so you can quickly switch between channels, skip, and pause your music”.
So, it looks like users will not have to download the media streaming apps and it is possible that there is a new unique UI for the streaming services, which is why Sony didn't show it off during the PS5 UI reveal. It will be interesting to see how Sony has tweaked the media experience on the PS5.
As a part of the PS5 reveal we got to see some accessories, one of which was a media remote control. Users can power on the PS5 using the media remote and navigate and control playback. The remote also lets users adjust volume and power settings on compatible TVs. It has dedicated hotkeys for Disney+ Netflix, Spotify and YouTube.
With the addition of the media remote control and the new UI, it looks like Sony wants the PS5 to be your one-stop-shop for gaming and entertainment.
Sameer Mitha lives for gaming and technology is his muse. When he isn’t busy playing with gadgets or video games he delves into the world of fantasy novels.
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