Sony is making using apps like Netflix on the PlayStation 5 easier than ever with the console’s own remote control.
Alongside the PlayStation 5, Sony is releasing a few accessories to go with it, like a digital camera and wireless headphones.
Possibly the least interesting one is a media remote that is literally just a remote control.
Clearly meant for watching TV shows and movies on the PlayStation 5, it didn’t initially appear to offer much that couldn’t be done using the standard DualSense controller.
New official images of it, however, have revealed that it has dedicated buttons for four of the apps available on the console: Netflix, YouTube, Disney+, and Spotify.
According to Sony, these buttons will instantly launch the apps, meaning less time spent on trawling through the menus to find them.
Sony also confirms that Apple TV and Twitch will be available on the PlayStation 5 at launch and promises to add several more apps in the future, like Hulu and Amazon Prime Video.
The new UI will have separate games and media menus as well, so those who only want to use their console to play games can happily ignore these apps. While those who do want to use them won’t need to download them; they’re already on the console.
While the remote is certainly convenient, it is a separate £24.99 purchase that doesn’t come bundled with the PlayStation 5.
The push by Sony to make the PlayStation 5 an all-purpose media machine is also strangely reminiscent of what Microsoft initially tried to do with the Xbox One, something which was met with considerable criticism by those that only cared about the games.
The PlayStation 5 releases in the UK on November 19 (or November 12 outside of Europe).
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