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
BBC iplayer app on ps5 and xbox series x s comments spokesperson statement

The PS5 and Xbox Series X/S consoles only launched recently, but you may have already noticed that none of these new gaming devices has a functioning BBC iPlayer app.

This comes as something of a mild shock, considering that the presence of a handy iPlayer app on the PS4 and Xbox One was part of what made those previous-gen consoles such popular TV streaming platforms here in the UK.

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

The BBC gives us a statement

Stealth Optional reached out to the BBC to ask about the lack of an iPlayer app on PS5 and Xbox Series S/X, and the Beeb 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.”

It’s clear that the BBC is aware of the situation here, and if you keep reading, you’ll find out what the spokesperson said next.

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

If you’re wondering whether or not 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 don’t know the exact date on which a working BBC iPlayer app will arrive on PS5 or Xbox Series X/S, but we’ll be sure to let you know if/when an announcement along those lines appears.

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Rob Leane