Sony’s most successful piece of electronic equipment is without a doubt that PlayStation 4 video game console, currently at least, and over the last few generations of phones they have made a handful of apps that allow Xperia device owners to enhance the PS4 experience through their smartphones. One of those ways was with the PlayStation Video application, which has been available since the launch of the Xperia Z3, but up until now it has only been accessible to those who owned a Sony smartphone or tablet. As of today, Sony has just launched the app in the Play Store for non-Sony devices, as well as older Sony Xperia devices which may not have already had the app installed.
If you own a PS4 console, you’re likely already familiar with the video that’s available, from PlayStation originals content like the show Powers to popular movies and TV shows, all available to stream right from your device. Although the app allows you to watch content which has been purchased from the PlayStation Store on the console or on the web, you don’t need to have a PlayStation 4 console to enjoy any of the movies or TV shows that are available as you can buy the content directly from the app on the device it’s installed on as well.
While you won’t be able to get early access to films before they exit theaters, most films will hit the PS Video app either prior to or on the same day they launch on DVD. When it comes to the TV series shows, Sony states that most of them will be available inside of the app to pick up the day after they air so they won’t be much of a wait to see them. While this is not the PlayStation VUE app that many Sony fans are likely hoping for, it does give people access to a collection of TV and movies on the go from Sony. Unfortunately, there is no Chromecast support, but chances are that if you’re buying movie and TV content directly from Sony you may already have a PlayStation console with which to watch the content on. The app itself is free to install and to use, but you will have to pay for the content you want to watch.