Sony Confirms Spotify, Netflix, YouTube, and More Entertainment Apps on PS5
Oct 24 2020
Sony is overhauling the media section on the PS5, utilizing a new control center that allows you to "quickly switch between channels, skip, or pause music".
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.
Streaming-oriented gamers who buy the PS5 will likely be thankful for the addition of these shortcut buttons, along with a redesigned UI that will make finding and launching apps more straightforward.
In the Media space, you won't need to download apps from the PS Store - it will all be there for you.
The biggest name missing from that list however is HBO Max, the WarnerMedia streaming service which - despite seeing a successful first few months - is now in the midst of carriage disputes with Amazon and Roku. Streaming however was not the focus of the PS4, with Sony at launch squarely contrasting the console against Microsoft's Xbox One which was being billed as more of a multimedia hub. While this won't make much difference in India, HBO Max subscribers in the United States will be affected. Apple TV will be launching alongside a new PS4 app as well.
The head of global parent development and relations, Phil Rosenberg, shared through a blog post that popular streaming apps will be available on the PlayStation 5 at launch. Services absent from the PlayStation 5 for now include Amazon Prime Video, HBO Max (which is still trying to forge deals with Amazon Fire TV and Roku) and NBCU's Peacock.
The Media Remote has built-in play/pause, fast forward and fast reverse controls, and can turn on your PS5. It will also have dedicated buttons for services like Disney+ and Netflix. The remote will also let users adjust volume and power settings on compatible TVs.