Sony has managed to bag an exclusive deal with Spotify that will see both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 offer the music streaming experience to gamers. Launching today, Sony's consoles will be offering a unique feature not currently available to the Xbox One.
The app is available from today in 41 markets. Should you be on the PlayStation 4, you may already notice Spotify loaded on your console, replacing Sony's Music Unlimited on the menu. It's a neat-looking app, taking advantage of the large screens the console will more-than-likely be plugged into.
The PlayStation 4 version of the app will support most titles for background playback. The service does open up some unique possibilities with gamers sharing music playlists that enhance the experience on certain titles. You can even control the console app using the app on your smartphone. Neat.
As for the exclusivity deal, there's no word on just how long it will be before Spotify hits other consoles on the market. The news comes as a small blow to Xbox One owners who also happen to hold Spotify subscriptions, but there's always Xbox Music.
Today, Spotify and Sony Network Entertainment International LLC (SNEI) will launch an exclusive music experience, making it easier than ever for gamers to enjoy their favourite tracks whilst playing their favourite games.
That's right, the best in music is playing co-op with the best in gaming. So whether you're diving off Parisian rooftops, battling the evil of Crota or playing Barcelona at the Camp Nou, you're in charge of the soundtrack.
"Music has always been a big part of gaming," says Gustav Söderström, Chief Product Officer at Spotify. "I remember playing computer games like Quake and Counter-Strike with my favourite tunes on in the background - taking the experience to a whole new level. With today's launch, we're bringing back that magic of gaming with music - all in a beautifully designed and smooth experience that looks great on the big screen."
"PlayStation Network is the premier destination for digital entertainment and we're excited that millions of users around the world can now enjoy the most compelling music service on their PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 consoles," said John Kodera, President, Sony Network Entertainment International. "With Spotify as the foundation of PlayStation Music, we'll continue to evolve the service to deliver the best entertainment experience that gamers have come to expect from PlayStation Network."
Spotify and SNEI have worked closely to build an entirely new music experience which doesn't just sound awesome, but also looks great on your TV and handles smoothly using your DUALSHOCK wireless controller.
Spotify on PlayStation Music will roll out to all Spotify users on PS4 and PS3 today and will also become available on Xperia™ smartphones and tablets.