Netflix catalyzed the popularity of streaming services. While the company originally began life as a mail-in DVD rental service (that hastened the downfall of Blockbuster Video), Netflix has become synonymous with watching movies and shows online. Because of its popularity, Netflix is available on virtually every internet-enabled platform on the market, including PlayStation 5.
Netflix on the PS5 works basically the same as it does on PC, mobile platforms, and smart TVs. Just log into the app on your console and start streaming. Since Netflix on PS5 connects to the same server as every other version of the app, you can watch classics such as “Conan the Barbarian,” newer titles like “Bullet Train,” and Netflix originals like “Inside Job” and “Black Mirror.” Moreover, using the PS5 controller with Netflix is surprisingly comfortable.
You can access, install, and use Netflix on the PS5 via the Media tab in the home menu, but there are a few caveats. Obviously, you need a subscription, but the climate conscientious might want to forego Netflix on the PS5. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the PS5 uses around 70 watts per hour while streaming shows and movies. This doesn’t sound like much, especially since the console uses between 201 and 218 watts while gaming, depending on the model, but that’s significantly more than the wattage used by devices like Apple TV or Roku. While you can stream Netflix on your PS5, try seeking out other, more environmentally-friendly options as well.