Plex landed on the Xbox One in October, and now it's time for the popular media streaming platform to come to the PlayStation 3 and 4. Rejoice Plex fans! ...If you live in Europe or Asia, that is, since Plex hasn't hit PlayStation consoles in the U.S. just yet. Plex says the new PlayStation app will launch stateside soon, but there's no firm date right now.
The impact on you at home: With the launch of these new apps, Plex users that already have a PlayStation 4 at home don't have to worry about adding another device to their television to access their home media library. But the PlayStation Plex apps will come with restricted functionality at launch: The new feature only works with video from your library only. Other media such as music, photos, and Plex channels will roll out in the future.
Plex Pass only
Right now, to use Plex's PS4 app you must have a Plex Pass subscription, which costs $5 per month and provides access to extra features such as the newly announced Plex Home.
Non-Plex Pass subscribers will be able to buy the app in the future, but for now it's a subscriber-only feature.
Part of Plex's appeal is that it can stream content from Windows, Mac, and Linux PCs to a wide range of platforms, including Amazon Fire TV, Android, Chromecast, Google TV, iOS, Roku, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Windows Phone 8 and 8.1, and Smart TVs. The server software on your PC automatically transcodes your videos so that they'll just plain work on the Plex app on other devices, no mussing or fussing with file formats required.
But Plex's arrival doesn't mean the platform is expanding into other Playstation devices. Plex, the company, says it has no plans to develop for the PlayStation Vita or PlayStation TV, which have different software platforms.
On the up side, Plex for PS4 does support Plex Home features, including multiple account support, but fast user-switching functionality isn't ready yet.
If you're not familiar with Plex, check out our tutorial on this powerful home media streaming platform. (Spoiler: It utterly rocks and is easy-peasy to set up.)