In a video presentation to investors on April 11, Disney revealed its plans about bringing its new streaming service “Disney+” to videogame consoles such as PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.
It seems streaming has become the latest trend in entertainment these days, with major entertainment conglomerates trying to take a piece of the content streaming pie. Video streaming services like YouTube have existed for decades but it didn’t take too long for someone to realize that streaming movies online can also be profitable.
It gave birth to services like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, HBO, the list goes on. And now, Google too is trying to push for something similar but for videogames with its new service, Google Stadia.
But it seems that the multinational mass media and entertainment conglomerate, The Walt Disney Company, wants to dip its toe in the content streaming pool as well. Disney CEO Bob Iger announced its own streaming service, “Disney+”, back in November 2018. The most interesting part of their presentation is how Disney is trying to connect videogame platforms to its streaming service.
Disney+ will launch for $6.99 per month or $69.99 annually. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Disney service will start with “around 500 films from the Disney library,” as well as “around 7,000 episodes of Disney TV fare.” It will include content from Pixar, Marvel, National Geographic, and Star Wars.
Bringing access to that kind of entertainment to videogame consoles, especially portable ones like The Nintendo Switch certainly sounds like a good idea for both the fans and investors alike. It could also open a gate for other production studios to bring their own movies and shows to the platform.
Qualcomm president Cristiano Amon predicted that PlayStation 5 and the new Xbox will be the last traditional video game consoles of this generation. But if services like Disney+ continue to happen in the future, they might see a boost in sales.
This also sounds good for the upcoming variants, the Switch Mini and Switch Pro which are expected to be unveiled at the upcoming E3 2019 event. The event will take place in June at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, California, United States.
The addition of services oftentimes captures the interest of buyers, thus boosting the sales of a product even further. So it’s very likely the new Switch consoles will see some sort of boost in sales thanks to Disney+ come November 12, 2019.