How to Watch Movies on Your PS5 With Sony Pictures Core

How to Watch Movies on Your PS5 With Sony Pictures Core

  26 Dec 2023

Key Takeaways

  • Sony Pictures Core, formerly known as Bravia Core, offers a movie streaming service with a library of up to 2,000 movies from Sony Pictures.
  • Subscribers to the Premium or Deluxe tiers of PS Plus can watch up to 100 movies for free on the service.
  • To use Sony Pictures Core, simply download the app on your PS4 or PS5 console, enable HDCP settings, create an account, and explore the movie catalog.

If gaming on your PlayStation 5 isn’t quite enough, you can also rent, buy, or stream up to 2,000 movies on your console using Sony Pictures Core.

If you want to know more about Sony Pictures Core and what you need to do to unlock up to 100 free movies on the platform, here is everything you need to get started.

What Is Sony Pictures Core?

Sony Pictures Core (previously known as Bravia Core) is a movie streaming service you can get on PS4 or PS5 consoles. Sony Pictures Core contains a massive library of up to 2,000 movies from Sony Pictures, providing early access to some titles, behind-the-scenes content, director’s commentaries, and other exclusive offers.

Sony Pictures Core also offers extra deals, such as discounts on seven movies for seven days or access to additional content from Crunchyroll. These deals are available for a limited time only and they can change. Head to the PlayStation website or the Sony Pictures Core homepage to see any deals currently on offer.

You don’t need a PS Plus membership to rent or buy movies on Sony Pictures Core, but there are exclusive benefits if you are subscribed to the Premium or Deluxe tiers.

What Do I Need to Watch Movies for Free on Sony Pictures Core?

You can watch a rotating catalog of up to 100 movies for free on Sony Pictures Core if you have a PS Plus Premium or Deluxe membership.

Image Credit: PlayStation Blog

These are the highest tiers available for PS Plus. But to rent or buy the average movie on Sony Pictures Core, you’re looking at paying around $3.99 to $15.99.

If you’re a movie buff, those 100 free movies could make deciding between the PS Plus Extra, Essential, and Premium/Deluxe tiers a little easier, and that’s not considering the other exclusive benefits.

How to Download and Use Sony Pictures Core on Your PS5

Sony Pictures Core is a free app available to download on PS4 and PS5 consoles. To access it, scroll to the Media tab on your PS5 by pressing R on your controller while on the home screen and select the magnifying glass icon in the top right corner to begin searching for Sony Pictures Core. Once it shows up, select the app and press Download.

the Media Tab on a PS5

Using Sony Pictures Core requires you to enable the HDCP settings on your PlayStation. HDCP is different to HDMI. It stands for High-Bandwidth Digital Copyright/Content Protection, and it prevents you from being able to stream or record content while you’re watching it on the app.

Go to HDMI option on Sony Pictures Core PS5

If your HDCP settings are enabled already, you will be able to launch and use Sony Pictures Core as normal. If not, an error screen will appear, prompting you to enable the settings before you can use the app. To enable HDCP, select Go to HDMI. Your PlayStation will direct you to the exact setting you need to change.

Once you launch Sony Pictures Core, you will be required to make an account to gain access to the massive catalog of epic Sony Pictures movies. Creating an account is also free. Press Get Started to set it up.

Start the Set Up for Sony Pictures Core

The app will ask you if you want to sign in with the PS Plus account of the profile you’re using. If the account linked isn’t yours, select the email address and change it to the correct one.

Link PS Plus Account on Sony Pictures Core

You will then be directed to the terms and conditions. Check all the boxes and press Next.

Terms and Conditions in Sony Pictures Core

Lastly, you will be asked once again if you would like to link your PS Plus account with Sony Pictures Core. This is essential if you want to access the 100 free movies that come with a PS Plus Premium or Deluxe subscription. Press Agree and Continue to confirm.

Account Linking in Sony Pictures Core

Once you have created your Sony Pictures Core account, you are free to roam the app. Scroll through the different categories by pressing down on your controller and left and right to scroll through the movies.

To find the free movies you get with a PS Plus Premium or Deluxe membership, scroll down until you find the Included with PlayStation Plus section.

Included with PlayStation Plus Section of Sony Pictures Core

Press the left arrow button to find the menu, where you can find things like the search bar, your Library, and Studio Access, which is where you can find bonus material, such as deleted scenes and director’s commentaries.

Once you find a movie you’re interested in, select it and press Rent or Buy depending on your preference. You can find any movies you purchase or rent in your Library.

And that’s all you need to do to be able to watch Sony movies on your PlayStation 5. Turning your console into a movie streaming device in addition to a gaming one.

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