The latest in a long line of PlayStation 4 usability “improvements”, Sony has controversially tweaked the TV & Video section of the system, which houses media apps like Netflix and BBC iPlayer. Where previously you could twirl down from a folder to access all of your apps, now you’ll be taken to a standalone page with a heavy recommendations segment. The cynic in us reckons that this has been conceived to peddle ads more than anything else, though the platform holder would perhaps argue that it can now better promote content from across a range of different services.
“The new TV & Video experience will help you find your favourites and discover new and exciting content from the PS4 streaming video services, all in one location,” a spokesperson wrote on the PlayStation Blog. “Instead of jumping in and out of all your different apps, find the best video on PS4 from one convenient spot.”
The update is now live in Australia, Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and United Kingdom, so think yourself lucky if you live elsewhere. To be fair, it’s really not the end of the world, but between this and the new Notifications area, the Japanese giant is earning itself a reputation as a company that fixes things which aren’t broken.