As of right now, you can view a multitude of thriller-cats, Bizkit the dog and (of course) our very own shows, like The Dirtsheet and The Retrocast from the comfort of your PlayStation 3. Sony have added a YouTube application that will be a free download, found in “My Channels” under the TV/Video section of the XMB.
The app has been designed for the PS3 and its controller, with support for the user to sign in, and search tools to allow us all to find videos faster and easier.
Although you may have browsed YouTube before via the PS3, with this new dedicated app the following new and improved features are as follows:
- 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.
Smartphone pairing sounds rather like an improved Apple TV setup, which is ace! We especially like the fact you can comment via your Smartphone whilst watching on the PS3. The only thing it seems you can’t do (currently, anyway) is upload videos, which is a bit of a shame.
Here’s the full feature set, as detailed in a press release from Sony:
- 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