iPlayer on PS5: BBC shares statement on the missing iPlayer app for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S

The BBC has given us a quote about the current lack of an iPlayer app on the PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles.

by Rob Leane
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The PS5 and Xbox Series X/S consoles launched in November, and you may have already noticed that none of these new gaming devices has a functioning BBC iPlayer app at release.

This comes as something of a mild shock, considering that the presence of a handy iPlayer app on the PS4 and Xbox One made those previous-gen consoles such popular TV streaming platforms here in the UK. While gamers first mocked Microsoft when it revealed the Xbox One for its focus on streaming and TV, it would be strange for any console to not feature the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime. Well, except for the Nintendo Switch.

The lack of iPlayer is a pressing issue for football fans in the UK, with the BBC having exclusive rights to a select number of Euro 2020 games. This included the opening match of Italy vs Turkey, alongside England vs Croatia.

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The BBC has given us a statement about the PS5 situation, though, so keep on reading if you want to learn more…

The BBC gives us a statement on PS5 app

Stealth Optional reached out to the BBC to ask about the lack of an iPlayer app on PS5 and Xbox Series S/X, which came back to us promptly with a quote to share.

A BBC spokesperson said: “Both Microsoft and Sony have confirmed that some apps, including BBC iPlayer and BBC Sounds, aren’t available yet on the newly released PlayStation and Xbox consoles.”

Since then, demand has continued to grow for BBC iPlayer to launch on the PS5. However, as of June 2021, BBC has confirmed on Twitter there are “no updates to this issue”.

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When will the BBC iPlayer app arrive on PS5 and Xbox Series X?

If you’re wondering whether BBC iPlayer and BBC Sounds will be coming to PS5 and Xbox Series X/S, we’ve got good news for you: the BBC spokesperson that answered our email seemed very eager to make that happen.

The spokesperson said, “We are keen to bring them to the new consoles and are continuing to work with both Sony and Microsoft to add it as soon as possible.”

We did receive this statement in late 2020, however. Since this statement, BBC iPlayer has been released onto the Xbox Series X/S consoles. However, the application is still unavailable on the PS5, but we’ll be sure to let you know if/when an announcement along those lines appears.

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Rob Leane