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Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Unveil New Youtube Application for the Playstation 3 – Now Avaialble

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While Playstation Vita owners have had access to a Youtube app since I believe June 2012, Playstation 3 users have not been afforded such a luxury and have prior required to use the consoles less than optimal internet browser to view videos on the service. With the latest announcement by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) and Youtube today – this is all set to change with a new YouTube application being formally announced for the Playstation 3. From today, you will be able to download the application for free via the XMB in “My Channels” under the TV / Video services icon.

Designed for the big screen and PS3 controls, the YouTube app has search tools to find videos faster and easier, the option to sign-in to see all your subscribed channels including official music videos, and the ability to control the app using your smartphone. The Youtube app will be available in Youtube Serviced Territories as determined by Google and where the Playstation Store is also available. Territories covered by SCEE that will recieve the service include: Australia, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

Users may have watched YouTube on PS3 before, but with the introduction of the app they will be able to access completely new and improved features, these include:

  • Search: Finding videos is easier than ever, with search suggestions and instant video results while you type.
  • Access to subscriptions: Sign in to find the latest videos from your YouTube subscriptions, which now also includes official music videos.
  • Your smartphone 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 the click of 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.

The following are some of the key features promoted by SCEE:

Key Features

User Experience:

•                 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

Unfortunately there will be a few limitations of the service, namely that uploading videos will not be possible via the Youtube Application for the Playstation 3.

Sam
Sam
Founder of The Otaku's Study. I have been exploring this labyrinth of fandom these last fifteen years, and still nowhere close to the exit yet. Probably searching for a long time to come.
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