PS3 YouTube XMB App Gets an Update
The YouTube experience on PlayStation 3 has been updated massively. Instead of the ‘full-screen website’ approach, YouTube now has a fully featured app on the XMB with a number of tricks up it’s sleeve.
Designed for both your HDTV and the PS3 controls, the new YouTube app has search tools, the ability to sign-in to your YouTube account and – most importantly – the capability to control the app using your smartphone or tablet.
The SCEE territories that gain the app include Australia, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom.
Our favourite feature, of course, is the ability to use your smartphone as a remote. After a quick pairing process, you can control YouTube on PS3 with a smartphone or tablet. Got a video on your phone you want to see on the big screen? No problem; you’re one click away from ‘beaming’ it across to the PS3. Then, while the video is playing, you can control it from the phone or keep browsing YouTube for the next one.
Here is the full feature list:
- User Interface Optimized for TV
- Video Search
- Ability to Browse and Search for videos while watching
- PS3 Game Controller Support
- HD (Up to 720p)
- Content Flagging
- Closed Caption
- YouTube trending and popular video playlists
Smartphone and Tablet Pairing
- Browse and search for videos on phone/tablet while watching on PS3
- Fling videos to PS3 from smartphone or tablet
- Control video with smartphone
- Comment on phone while watching
Signed In Experience
- Sign-In and Channel Guide
- User’s liked videos
- Watch later videos
- User’s playlists
- Subscribed channels
- Search History
The new YouTube app is available from the XMB now as a download from the TV/Video Services area.