Sony PS4 To Ship With 11 Video Apps

Netflix, Amazon, Hulu Plus, Epix, Vudu, Redbox Instant by Verizon Make Initial Cut

The Sony PlayStation 4 will offer 11 “Digital Entertainment Apps” when its new $399 gaming console goes on sale November 15 with a mix of old standbys and perhaps a few surprises.

Here’s a list of apps that made the cut, with the promise of “more coming soon,” according to this blog post from Phil Rosenberg, senior vice president, business development:

  • Amazon Instant Video
  • Crackle (the Sony pictures Television-owned OTT service)
  • Crunchyroll (Anime)
  • Epix (Authenticated TV Everywhere service with more than 3,000 VOD titles)
  • Hulu Plus
  • NBA Game Time (Live out-of-market NBA games with NBA  League Pass Broadband for authenticated subs)
  • Netflix
  • NHL Gamecenter (Out-of-market games in HD, with NHL GameCenter Live subscription)
  • Redbox Instant by Verizon
  • Vudu
  • YuppTV (More than 150 Indian live TV channel, plus VOD)

That batch will be available on the TV & Video section of the PS4’s home screen or in the PlayStation Store, Rosenberg noted.

Sony said in August that it had received more than 1 million preorders for the PS4, which will lock horns this holiday season with the Microsoft Xbox One, which will launch on November 22 and carry a $499 price tag.

As of November 1, Sony had sold 80 million units of the seven-year-old PlayStation 3.