Finally, all you PlayStation 3 owners in the States now have access to a YouTube app on your console of choice, meaning that you no longer have to be jealous of the Xbox 360 and its ability to stream hilarious Internet videos of cats playing keyboards. It’s available to download right now, and as Sony notes, there’s a lot new features in this update.
Here’s the word on what’s new, from Sony’s official PlayStation Blog:
- Search: Finding the videos you want is easier than ever, with search suggestions and instant video results while you type.
- Your subscribed channels: Sign in to find the latest videos from your YouTube subscriptions, which now also includes official music videos.
- Your phone as a remote: With a quick pairing process, you can control YouTube on PS3 with a smartphone. Find a video on your phone and with a button it’ll play on the big screen. While the video is playing you can control it from the phone, or keep browsing YouTube for the next one.
Out of all the updates, the ability to view your subscribed channels is a big one, as the PlayStation Vita lacks that particular feature for some odd reason.
Right now, the update provides partial HD support, but at least you don’t have to deal with that horrible standard PS3 browser anymore. Now, if only Sony would fix that, then they’d really be cooking.
However, you might want to be aware of a few issues with the app so far.
Currently, it doesn’t seem to support keyboard functionality or any kind of search history (which the PS Vita does have)—if it did, there would be a better reason for the mandatory log-in to use the YouTube app.