YouTube application launched for PS Vita

Thanks to Sony, now it’s easy to get your fix of cute cat videos on the go, as the official YouTube application is added to the PlayStation Vita. Sony is a little bit proud – the new software takes full advantage of both the handheld’s 3G capabilities (providing you didn’t pick up the wi-fi only model), as well as the HD screen.

The best thing, of course? It’s free, and downloadable today from the PS Vita Store on PlayStation Network.

YouTube on PlayStation Vita

YouTube on PlayStation Vita

Don Mesa, Director, Handheld Consoles Product Planning and Platform Software Innovation at SCEA explains:

PS Vita was designed to deliver the best high-resolution portable entertainment experience possible. We’re very excited to be able to offer the content and applications that are compelling to you, and we looking forward to bringing you more as we move further into 2012.

The application does pretty much what you’d expect it to do: Lets you watch millions of YouTube videos, all through the handheld’s gorgeous 5″ OLED screen. Whether you’re after cat videos, movie snippets or some classic tunes, you’ve now got another screen right in your pocket.

Key features:

  • Recommended Videos: Displays videos recommended from YouTube
  • Search: Search for videos by typing a keyword
  • Viewing History: Displays the most recent videos you’ve viewed
  • Add to Favorites: Displays a list of videos you’ve added to your Favorites list. (You must be signed into your account to add a video to your Favorites.)

You’ve even got viewing options: Full screen uses the Vita’s touch-screen to navigate through videos and menus (including the option to switch between SD and HD). Small screen mode is more like the traditional YouTube website – view a video with access to Comments, Like/Dislike buttons, Suggested Videos and Information.

The decision to bring YouTube to Vita is a no-brainer, really – this is standard functionality on most smartphones these days. The question remains though: Why is the PS3 the only “next-gen” console on the market which doesn’t feature a dedicated YouTube application?

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