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PlayStation 5’s full media and streaming capabilities revealed

All the launch day entertainment apps for PS5 have been confirmed.

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All the launch day entertainment apps for PS5 have been confirmed.

Things have changed dramatically since the Xbox 360 and PS3 boasted of their multimedia capabilities more than a decade ago. Almost every TV you buy is a smart TV or otherwise has an inexpensive dongle plugged in it that you interact with by shouting at your resident voice assistant. The entertainment apps themselves have completely transformed as well. We’re now all keenly aware of Apple TV, Disney+, Amazon Prime Video, etc. The dream of a single subscription service for cost-conscious wirecutters seems dead.

Yet even in 2012, 22% of overall time spent with the PlayStation 3, Wii and Xbox 360 was on VOD and streaming services. That number will have now exploded. In 2014, video game consoles became the leading device category for video streaming app usage. These apps are now part and parcel of the modern console experience.

It might seem a step back, then, that we’re suddenly talking about a “PS5 Media Remote“. You might not have to insert an “IR receiver unit” anymore, but I can’t help but think of the old PS2 remote control. In fairness, the quick launch buttons for Disney+ Netflix, Spotify and YouTube, and the voice control button should all be mighty useful. Using remote control keyboards is a punishment allocated in hell after all.

As for the apps, a recent PlayStation blog post has got us covered. Apple TV, Disney+, Netflix, Spotify, Twitch, and YouTube all get centre stage details. Sony has now clarified that Amazon Prime Video and anime streaming service Crunchyroll are going to be available upon launch.

It’s not very relevant outside of the US, but in a major surprise, HBO plans to have a PS5 app on launch day as well. Even Roku and Amazon Fire devices don’t currently have an HBO Max app.

As seen in Sony’s user experience guide, all entertainment apps will be immediately available, so no having to download them individually this time. I wonder how much space they consume, though? We might be fighting for space after all.

Perhaps most interestingly, the PS5 will launch with the ability to broadcast on YouTube and Twitch directly from the console out of the box. Streaming is about to become a whole lot easier! Just in time too, given Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s incredible Twitch debut.

For everything else PS5, we’ve got you covered!


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