Updated November 22, 2013.
The original360 and launched before Netflix streaming was even available.
When the service debuted on living room devices in 2008, however, Microsoft's console was one of the first to get the dedicated Netflix app -- available only to Live Gold members. Sony followed a year later with an all-new Netflix interface -- and the requirement to use a special "streaming disc."
You've come a long way, baby. Today umpteen living room devices stream Netflix and many, many other online video and audio services, and we call 'em apps. As increasingly important contributors to our boob-tube time, apps are often used as points of comparison between devices.
Although not yet as well-app-ointed as their predecessors, the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 still offer plenty of entertainment apps, with more to come. Below, we compared how they stack up, with the more important apps (note: editorial discretion employed) listed toward the top, and the rest in alphabetical order below.
Some very important caveats:
- All of the PS4 app has not been specified. One apps listed as "coming soon" here will be available by spring 2014 according to Microsoft. More specific timing hasn't been announced. Timing on the lone "coming soon"
- The apps listed here apply only to customers in the US.
- One owners need to also have an Live Gold subscription (up to $60 per year) to use any of the third-party entertainment apps, like Netflix. A PlayStation Plus subscription is not required to use the entertainment apps.
- Many of the apps require a separate monthly subscription (such as Netflix and Hulu Plus) or a compatible cable/satellite TV subscription (HBO Go, Fox Now, Watch ESPN, Verizon Fios TV and others) to work on either console.
- With the exception of the Sony and services (which will always be restricted to their respective console), any of the "no" or "coming soon" responses listed below could change to a "yes" if and when additional content deals are made in the future.
- We'll update this story periodically as more apps become available.
|Amazon Instant Video||Coming soon||Yes|
|HBO Go||Coming soon||No|
|The NFL onOne||Yes||No|
|NBA Game Time||No||Yes|
|NHL GameCenter Live||No||Yes|
|Verizon Fios TV||Coming soon||No|
|Muzu TV||Coming soon||No|
|Sony Music Unlimited||No||Yes|
|Sony Video Unlimited||No||Yes|
|Target Ticket||Coming soon||No|
|Univision Deportes||Coming soon||No|
**While the PS4's Twitch app currently enables live game broadcasting in addition to simply watching broadcasts, the Xbox One's version of Twitch won't support broadcasting until the first part of 2014.