Sony has recently introduced its dedicated movie streaming app for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 users. This app, known as the Sony Pictures Core app, allows users to purchase or rent movies, offering an enticing advantage for subscribers of PlayStation Plus Premium and Deluxe (which is available in select markets).

PlayStation Plus Premium and Deluxe members gain exclusive access to a diverse library of up to 100 ad-free Sony Pictures films at no additional charge. This library boasts titles like “Looper,” “Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV,” “Elysium,” and “Resident Evil Damnation,” with regular updates to expand the selection. Sony is also planning to incorporate anime content from Crunchyroll into the Sony Pictures Core app, promising additional benefits for all PS Plus subscribers in the near future.

The move to offer movie streaming as a perk for PS Plus subscribers aligns with Sony’s broader strategy to transform its gaming franchises into movies and TV shows, making it a timely addition. However, it’s worth noting that this announcement comes shortly after Sony raised the annual price of the PS Plus Premium plan from $120 to $160.

For PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 users, the app provides early access to select Sony Pictures films. Presently, residents of the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand have the opportunity to purchase “Gran Turismo” via their consoles before it becomes digitally available elsewhere. Moreover, those who acquire the film through Sony Pictures Core will receive in-game credits for “Gran Turismo 7.”

While the app has been accessible on Bravia TVs and certain Xperia devices for some time, Sony intends to rebrand it on these devices next year, transitioning from Bravia Core to Sony Pictures Core. Notably, the PlayStation version of the app currently lacks a key feature available to Bravia and Xperia users. These devices utilize Sony’s Pure Stream technology, which can stream video at up to 80 Mbps, delivering near lossless quality akin to 4K Blu-ray discs. Unfortunately, the Sony Pictures Core app on PlayStation devices lacks video quality settings, leaving users hopeful that Sony will introduce Pure Stream capabilities in the future.

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