A variety of PlayStation 5 media apps will be enabled on the console on launch. Sony has announced that Netflix, Disney+, YouTube, Spotify, Twitch and Apple TV will be ported to the console on launch, and will have full access to their libraries for streaming. The whole system is being designed from the ground up to make it easy to manage multiple apps. And in a landscape where there are dozens of services, this is a must. Sony has announced the roster and their plans for the future via the PlayStation Blog.
The PlayStation UI is being reworked for the PS5 to make it easier to separate apps out. The main form of managing games and apps is the Control Center. This will act as a wrapper for all the apps, including the PlayStation Store. You won’t be downloading the entertainment apps via PS Store, instead, you will be heading to the Media space in the Control Center.
The console has a ton of backwards compatibility as well. There are more than 4,000 games that will work from the PS4, which is awesome. All this kind of reinforces the “Play has no limits” moniker that the console has taken on for its marketing.
PlayStation 5 media apps remain a bit of a mystery as of right now. The US-based apps have been revealed, but other countries and regions have their own streaming services as well. It’s a safe bet that many regions will have some kind of access to pre-existing apps like Netflix and the like, assuming they’re already active in the region. UK and European regions are a bit more of a mystery.
Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Peacock and more have been announced as coming after launch. Expect the number of apps on the PS5 to grow throughout 2021.
PlayStation 5 is set to launch on November 12 in US, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea and then on November 19 in the UK and other regions.