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Sony has confirmed that the PlayStation 5 will launch with all the major streaming services when it lands in the UK on November 19th. That means Apple TV+, Disney+, Netflix, Spotify, Twitch, and YouTube will all be available to you on the next-gen console from day one... because I'm sure the one thing you want to do with your brand-new video game machine is settle down for a Gilmore Girls marathon.
I'm kidding, of course. What you do with your PS5 is your own damn business, and it's good to know that the majority of major streaming and entertainment platforms will be there at launch. I don't know about you guys, but my PS4 is my go-to source for things like Netflix and Disney+, so I'm glad to see those things will be there out of the gate.
Sony confirmed the news over on the PlayStation.Blog, along with confirmation that the PS5 will also be getting extra streaming apps in the future. Amazon Prime Video, MyCanal, Hulu, Peacock, and more will all make their way to the console. Will Britbox ever make the cut so I can watch classic Doctor Who? The answer remains frustratingly elusive.
"We know that for many of you, your PlayStation console doesn't get shut off when you're done playing games," Sony wrote. "Entertainment like movies, TV shows, music, and gaming livestreams only add to the PlayStation experience. As we continue on our road to PS5 launch, we're pleased to announce some of the entertainment apps scheduled to hit the PS5 console on day one, with more apps to come in the future."
Sony also explained that certain apps will have integrated experience with the PS5. That means you'll still be able to play and skip Spotify songs in the background while you're gaming, which also means that you'll be able to play Spider-Man: Miles Morales while listening to 'What's Up Danger' on repeat. You know you've gotta do it.
In terms of more gaming-specific stuff, you'll also be able broadcast and share your best gaming moments on Twitch and YouTube. Moments that I'm sure will be watched by tens of people.
All of these apps will live within a dedicated media entertainment space on the console's home screen, which should make navigating content easier than ever before. I mean, it's not as if it was a struggle before, but whatever. This is what progress is these days.
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