The wait is over, Spotify is finally bringing its music streaming service to games consoles this spring, with Sony’s Playstation 4 leading the charge.
Gamers have been crying out for custom soundtracks on the current raft of next-gen consoles – and it looks like Sony has landed the first knock-out blow: full in-game streaming from Spotify’s library of 30 million songs and 1.5 billion playlists.
The current status quo has seen Sony and Microsoft create their own rather lacklustre services, namely Xbox Music and Music Unlimited, to offer gamers an alternative.
While that’s very noble, no one really wanted Xbox Music or Music Unlimited in the first place – gamers wanted Spotify, and it would seem Sony and Spotify have finally realised this.
Sony is so serious about this deal they will also shut down their own streaming service Music Unlimited on March 29 to make way for Spotify this spring.
Sony hasn’t gone into great detail on its plans yet – so we don’t know whether Spotify’s popular freemium model will be included or whether it’s exclusive to Sony’s console – but they’ve promised more details over the coming months.
The service is set to launch this spring on PS4 and PS3 in 41 countries.
Update: Sony has been answering some questions via its blog and they’ve confirmed that both the ad-supported and premium versions of Spotify will be available at launch this Spring.