The PlayStation 4 is for gamers, while the Xbox One is for gamers and home entertainment lovers. That has never been more apparent than right now, as we gaze at the tiny selection of content apps available for the PS4 at launch on Friday.
The PlayStation 4 comes with Sony’s-own music and video services baked-in. Those come in the form of Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited. Both have ample catalogues of entertainment, although you’re not about to ditch your Netflix subscription in favour of Video Unlimited when it comes to the catalogue available.
Other media apps for Australia include the official IGN app and VidZone, whatever that is. Quickflix will come to PS4 on 4 December, and thank God too: it’s about the only third-party service we recognise.
Of course, US users will have access to the goods on the PS4 when it comes to using it as a media centre. They’ll get Amazon Instant Video, Crackle, Crunchyroll, EPIX, Hulu Plus, NBA Game Time, Netflix, NHL GameCenter LIVE, Redbox Instant, VUDU, YuppTV as well as the Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited offings we have.
Compare the selection of Australian-compatible TV and media apps on the PS4 to those on the Xbox One, and you find that Microsoft wins this round. Xbox One comes with Crackle, Machinima, MUZU TV, Network Ten’s tenplay, Quickflix, SBS On Demand, TED and Twitch. We gave the Xbox One a serve when this came out, but now we want to praise Microsoft for having a huge stable of content by comparison. [Sony]