For the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5, Sony has created its own movie streaming application. The Sony Pictures Core app will let you buy and rent films, but there is a respectable bonus for PlayStation Plus Premium and Deluxe (a version of Premium that is only available in certain markets) customers.
Up to 100 Sony Pictures films in the library will be available to members at no additional charge. According to Sony, the schedule includes titles like Resident Evil Damnation, Elysium, Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV, and Looper. Periodic updates will be delivered to the library. Additionally, Sony Pictures Core will receive certain anime content from Crunchyroll as part of the company’s objectives, and all PS Plus subscribers will soon receive perks.
It’s great that Sony is now allowing PS Plus customers to watch some films as part of their subscription, as this has long been recommended by many analysts. It makes more sense than ever to provide that perk given Sony’s significant push to adapt its video game titles into films and TV shows. However, Sony only made this upgrade public a short time after raising the cost of the annual PS Plus Premium subscription from $120 to $160.
Sony Pictures films will be available for purchase during an early access period for PS4 and PS5 owners. Gran Turismo is currently only available for console purchase in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand before going on sale digitally elsewhere. Purchase that movie on Sony Pictures Core, and Gran Turismo 7 in-game credits are also yours.
The app has been accessible on various Xperia devices as well as Bravia TVs for some time. The programme has been known as Bravia Core up until this point, but Sony will change its name on those smartphones the following year.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear like one of the important features that users of the Bravia and Xperia devices have been able to enjoy is present in the PlayStation version of the software. The Bravia Core app uses Sony’s Pure Stream technology, which can stream video at up to 80 Mbps, on those devices. Netflix, in contrast, suggests up to 25 Mbps for 4K video.
In order to provide “near lossless” video streaming with a quality comparable to 4K Blu-ray discs, Sony claims the higher bit rate is necessary. I discovered that Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse looks shockingly excellent with Pure Stream enabled, so that claim mostly holds true.
There are currently no video quality options available in the Sony Pictures Core app for PlayStation devices. We can only hope that Sony will soon make Pure Stream available there.
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