Sony has teamed with streaming music service Spotify to allow gamers to listen to their favorite tunes while playing games. Originally announced in January, Spotify officially joined PlayStation Music this week. While many users may be drawn to the Spotify-powered service, hardcore gamers may be turned off by the idea of replacing a game’s soundtrack and immersive audio effects with unrelated music. However, the companies are targeting the gamers who regularly play their own music in the background while gaming.
“Music has always been a big part of gaming,” said Gustav Söderström, chief product officer at Spotify. “I remember playing computer games like ‘Quake’ and ‘Counter-Strike’ with my favorite tunes on in the background — taking the experience to a whole new level. With today’s launch, we’re bringing back that magic of gaming with music — all in a beautifully designed and smooth experience that looks great on the big screen.”
Sony shuttered its Music Unlimited service to partner with Spotify. Its primary gaming competitor, Microsoft Xbox, already has its own streaming music service.
“Tracks can be switched using the iOS or Android app, which means PS4 and PS3 customers in 41 countries worldwide can switch the in-game soundtrack to their favorite tunes without interrupting their gaming,” reports TechCrunch.
The partnership is the latest in Spotify’s efforts to reach beyond mobile and desktop music needs. “The Swedish company teamed up with Uber last year to let passengers pick their music while they ride, and gaming is another area where it was inclined to make its presence felt,” notes TechCrunch.
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