Sony’s Playstation and Microsoft’s Xbox have been battling for the top spot on the market for 15 years. The new perks have included exclusive access to certain popular games series like Uncharted and Halo, a blue-ray player and free multiplayer Internet access. But Sony has just secured something that may tip the scales for a long time: a partnership with Spotify.
In 2011, Sony released Music Unlimited, an unlimited music and video streaming service for their customers on the Playstation Network. The product had a monthly subscription and allowed users to listen to music from their game console, separate from their games.
While it was a great idea, Music Unlimited couldn’t compete with the powerhouse that is Spotify. As a commercial music streaming service providing digital rights management, Spotify can stream content from record labels like Warner Music Group, Universal, Sony and EMI, which users can listen to for free. Music Unlimited could never keep up with that volume of music.
With Music Unlimited a bust, Sony announced in January that they would be creating Playstation Music, powered by Spotify.
Playstation Music is a music streaming service that allows players to link their Playstation console to their personal accounts on Spotify. Users can listen to their pre-existing and Spotify’s recommended playlists while playing games on the Playstation 4.
The ability to make your own in-game soundtrack is something players have only dreamed of. Remember lowering the volume on the TV so that old school hip-hop could fill the room from the stereo while playing Madden, or playing dub step while tearing up the streets on Need for Speed? There is no longer a need to use two devices when gamers can customize what in-game music they want to hear.
Hook your TV up to your stereo and crank it! With more than 30 million songs and 1.5 billion playlists, Playstation Music powered by Spotify will have the beat or tune to enhance any gaming experience. Microsoft’s Xbox One has yet to present a response to this incredible addition to the Playstation Network.
Playstation Music will go live after March 29, with the Music Unlimited service disabled for the day in preparation for the launch. While I feel for the users on March 29th without their music service, the world gets darkest before the dawn. When Playstation Music is released, it could be glorious, a perfect marriage of gaming tech and music.
I hope this article has left you as pumped for the launch as it has made me writing it.