PlayStation 3 owners will soon be able to stream Netflix without inserting a disc.
Starting Monday, Netflix Instant Streaming will appear on the console's XrossMediaBar, console maker Sony announced today. In addition, the PlayStation 3 will be the first Netflix-capable device to boast support for 5.1-channel surround sound on Netflix content.
Sony said the free Netflix application must be installed for the disc-less streaming to kick in. After that, PS3 owners will find a new interface that includes search. The company said that since the app will run natively on the console, people will be able to use the analog stick on their PlayStation 3 controller to move the app around. Sony also said that "dramatic improvements" have been made on content load times.
Previously, Microsoft's Xbox 360 was the only console. Both the PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii's have to stream Netflix.