Spotify is to be integrated into the PlayStation 4, replacing the often criticised music app currently built into Sony’s console.
PlayStation users will be able to link their PlayStation IDs to those on Spotify. That will allow users to subscribe to Spotify through the PlayStation, and to play music from the streaming service onto the console.
PS4 users will be able to listen to music from within games. The tie-up will also allow the Spotify to be integrated into the PlayStation 3 and Sony’s Xperia phones and tablets.
The Spotify integration will mean that Sony will shut down its own music streaming service, which has been widely criticised by gamers. Users that have existing subscriptions for the Music Unlimited service will be given a Spotify trial instead.
Spotify will launch in 44 markets initially, including the UK and the USA.
“We are incredibly honored to partner with Sony and PlayStation to give gamers around the world an amazing experience wherever they listen to music,” said Daniel Ek, CEO and founder of Spotify. “As a gamer and PlayStation 4 user myself, I’m super excited to be able to soundtrack my FIFA 15 Arsenal matches later this spring.”
One tweeter, a parody account of British games designer Peter Molyneux, suggested some more radical applications of the new feature.
Imagine an online racing game that plays the current leader's @spotify playlist to everyone behind them.— petermolydeux (@PeterMolydeux) January 28, 2015
Imagine the possibilities for @spotify in games. When your character dies, it plays the same music you would play at your real life funeral— petermolydeux (@PeterMolydeux) January 28, 2015