Back in August we reported that Google had rolled out a native YouTube app for PlayStation 3, the one major downside being that it was available in the US only (and Canada a month later). Until now, that is.
A quick peruse of the TV/Video services section reveals that European PS3 users can also now download a YouTube app, as well as users in Australia, New Zealand, India and South Africa.
Indeed, while YouTube was previously available for PS3 through the browser (as are most websites), this is the first time a dedicated YouTube app has been made available for the console outside of North America.
When you first connect to the PlayStation Network (a pre-requisite to use the YouTube app), you’ll be met with a YouTube Trends page:
Down the left you’ll see a list of categories, including music, gaming, sport, entertainment and more to choose from.
Similar to the version already available elsewhere, this PS3 app also features smartphone and tablet pairing, which lets you browse for content on your mobile device, and beam it to your big screen.
We tried playing a handful of videos with the app, and it worked perfectly for us. We could also manually search for videos by keywords, and search while a video was still playing. Videos play in HD (up to 720p), and reels in flicks you’ve saved to your account from other devices, including ‘Watch Later’.
YouTube is already available for Nintendo Wii/Wii U and Xbox 360, so a much wider launch of the PS3 app has been a long time coming.
Today’s launch sees it land in Australia, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Israel, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Russia and the United Kingdom.