Despite protestations from some quarters of the gaming community that they want a box that "just plays games," it's rather convenient to have entertainment apps readily available on one of those little black boxes under your TV.
With that in mind, Sony's announced the lineup of entertainment apps that will be available from the PlayStation Store at the PlayStation 4's launch on November 15. The apps run the gamut from mainstream to niche interest, so there should be something for most people to enjoy among them -- though note that most require a separate subscription to use.
Here's the full list:
- Music Unlimited -- Sony's music streaming service, offering 22 million songs.
- Video Unlimited -- Sony's video streaming service, offering modern movies, classics and TV shows.
- Amazon Instant Video -- Amazon's video streaming service, allowing you to buy or rent movies, or subscribe to the Prime service for unlimited streaming.
- Crackle -- Sony's multi-platform television network, providing movies and TV shows.
- Crunchyroll -- One of the most popular anime streaming networks on the Web, offering many Japanese series subbed in English mere hours after their Japanese broadcast.
- EPIX -- Another video-on-demand service, available to those who have already subscrived.
- Hulu Plus -- Streaming current shows including Family Guy, The Simpsons and South Park, plus original content.
- NBA Game Time -- Live NBA coverage, including real-time stats, scores and schedules, plus video highlights and recaps, available as part of the NBA League Pass Broadband.
- Netflix -- Movies and TV shows for unlimited streaming, including original new content.
- NHL GameCenter Live -- HD-quality NHL streams, available through an NHL GameCenter Live subscription.
- Redbox Instant -- Verizon's video on demand service, featuring streaming movies plus 4 DVD or Blu-Ray rental nights per month for subscribers. Movies are also available for purchase/rent.
- VUDU -- Movies and TV shows available for streaming, often before they're available on DVD. Features both blockbuster and indie content.
- YuppTV -- 150 Indian TV channels live and on demand, including 600 movies.
Interestingly, there doesn't seem to be any mention of a YouTube app in the list, though you will be able to access it via the PS4's browser until a dedicated app is available. It also looks as if those hoping for an HBOGo app will be waiting a while longer.
The list above is correct for North America; other territories will have different lineups available.