The PS Vita just got a whole lot better as we’re happy to confirm that the long awaited YouTube app has now arrived on Sony’s new system. After playing around with it for a while – we’re very happy with the experience so far.
The wait may have been a long one, but you will definitely be pleased once you start using the app. Videos in HD look absolutely gorgeous on the 5-inch OLED screen, we couldn’t help but check out a trailer for Avengers in HD just as a tester. The interface is simple and although it doesn’t have all the full features of a desktop version – it works.
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The most pleasing aspect of the app, is that videos seem to load very quickly. You can pause movies, go in and out of the app back to the homescreen and continue on with the movie as long as you’ve paused it. What you can’t do though is play movies and games at the same time as the system will ask you to close YouTube first.
The app also works with 3G as well, but obviously it’s not a good idea to burn HD videos constantly if you only have a limited data package. You’ll be pleased to know that you can sign in with your account and continue to like and commment on videos, but there are some limits to what you can do compared to the desktop version of YouTube.
Subscriptions seems to have been replaced by the Recommended tab, but we’ve spotted that the app doesn’t bring up all of your subscriptions – only a selection. Another disappointment is that there are no filtering options when searching, so you can’t check for the latest videos on a particular subject. This may end up being a problem for some, but hopefully Sony are planning on adding these features in a future update.
Another feature we would like to see added is the ability to listen to playlists straight from the app. Right now, you can only select one video at a time, no playlists in sight and there isn’t even a repeat function or automatic ‘play next’ to watch clips back to back. Sure these are not vital features, but they would be well welcomed with PS Vita users in the next update – let’s just hope that Sony are still planning to support the app in the future.
Going back to the video quality though, we can just see ourselves having a session on the PS Vita just purely watching movies in HD. The YouTube app now makes the PS Vita a great tool for enjoying movie trailers when travelling home from work and it is apps like this which Sony need to focus on if they are going to make the handheld unbeatable.
Here’s a tip for those of you who are interested – you can press the PS Vita home key + the start key to take an instant screenshot. The images you see here were taken using that feature and they come out pretty nice you have to say. Overall, we’re very happy with the PS Vita app now that it’s here, but we do hope that Sony is planning to continue support as there are a few areas that could do with some improvements.
Movies only play in 720p as well. They still look nice of course, but would 1080p support be too much to ask for we wonder? If you have been getting to grips with the YouTube app already, let us know your general impressions of it.