Music fans have something new to try out on the PlayStation game consoles. The new service is called PlayStation Music and it is a tie up between Sony and Spotify that will bring music to users of the PS3 and the PS4 consoles. Sony had promised to launch the service in the spring of 2015 and a launch this week lands right in that target launch window.
PlayStation Music is now available in 41 countries around the world. Using the service players can stream Spotify music and have it playing in the background as they play games on the console. Playback can be from a Spotify account playlist or from playlists put together by the Spotify team.
A single click of a button on the controller for the console brings up the PlayStation Music app menu allowing the volume to be adjusted to balance the game sounds with the music playing. Songs can also be paused or skipped without leaving the game.
The service also supports pairing iOS or Android devices with the console and controlling the music via Spotify Connect. That feature requires a Spotify Premium account. Spotify ran into complications with the roll out in some service areas. Eventually PlayStation Music will come to all 58 markets Spotify services.
Spotify’s Premium service can be subscribed at $9.99 per month. If you have an active Music Unlimited subscription, you will receive 2 months of Spotify Premium service free instead of 1 free month for all other Spotify users.