Sony has announced that users will no longer be able to rent or buy movies or TV shows from the PlayStation Store when using a PS5, PS4 or PS4 Pro.
In a post from the PlayStation Blog, Sony pointed to the “tremendous growth of PlayStation fans using subscription and ad-based entertainment services on our consoles” as the reason behind its decision.
Sony said that the change will take effect on August 31, 2021, and that users will still be able to access movie and TV content purchased through the PlayStation Store for on-demand playback.
The move to stop movie and TV show purchases might not seem too surprising considering the rise of streaming services like Netflix and Disney Plus, but for those who do like to own digital copies of their favorite films, or like to indulge in the odd movie rental, it’s obviously a shame this option will no longer be available on PlayStation hardware.
Buying movies and TV shows digitally is also a great alternative when one of the many streaming services doesn’t have those shows available, which happens more often than you’d think.
Ultimately, it seems that Sony isn’t making enough money from allowing users to buy or rent movies or TV shows from the PlayStation Store, and if the demand isn’t there, then it’s a smart business decision moving forward.
Sony’s PlayStation Store won’t let you rent or buy movies and TV shows anytime soon