PlayStation Store fans will soon need a new place to rent movies. Sony announced Tuesday that it will suspend the ability to rent and buy movies and TV shows on the PlayStation Store. The change will take effect on August 31.
The good news for PlayStation movie tenants is that it shouldn’t take long to find a replacement. Services like YouTube, Amazon Prime Video, and Vudu are some of the largest movie rental apps in the world, and they’re all available on the PlayStation Store.
According to Sony’s blog post on the change, the main driver for their decision was the increased use of subscription-based and ad-based streaming services, not just those that allow rentals. And the PlayStation Store has plenty of options there too, with services like Netflix, HBO Max, and Peacock.
While the ability to rent through the PlayStation Store may be disappearing, the content you have purchased will not. Sony’s statement includes a guarantee for customers that any movies and TV shows they have already purchased from the PlayStation Store will continue to be available for viewing on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and mobile devices.