Thursday, 28 June 2012

YouTube app for PS Vita available for download on the PS Vita Store

What can be better than gaming on a PS Vita? The answer is really simple: nothing. But what comes really close is streaming online videos, and Sony along with Google are offering just that. Sony have announced on a post  on their official blog that YouTube is coming to the PS Vita. It’s the latest application to be added to PS Vita’s growing portfolio of applications and one that takes full advantage of PS Vita’s high-definition and 3G capabilities. Starting later today, the YouTube application will be available as a free download on the PS Vita Store on PSN.

The key features for YouTube on the PS Vita include:

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. One must be signed into their account to add a video to your Favorites.

Videos will be viewable in two modes, which include full screen and small screen. In Full Screen mode, a control panel will be displayed on the screen, which will allow you to easily expand or minimize videos. Additionally, an HD button will appear when playing high definition (up to 720p) videos. Simply tap on the HD button to switch from HD to SD. In Small Screen mode, you’ll be able to view a video, while having access to the Like or Dislike buttons, Suggested Videos, Comments and Information.

PS Vita was designed to deliver the best high-resolution portable entertainment experience possible. Sony states, “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.”

Here is a quick look at some of the highlighted features of the Sony PS Vita:
Display size is 5-inch
Capacitive multi-touchscreen, rear panel also touch sensitive
Scratch resistant properties
Dimensions are 182 x 18.6 x 83.5 mm
Weighs 279 g for the 3G + Wi-Fi model
Gyro Sensor
Quad-core ARM Cortex A9 processor
Proprietary Sony PSP OS
Over the air updates
512 MB internal memory
Supports Sony's proprietary Vita memory card
Hot swap card support
USB connectivity along with Wi-Fi, 3G
Bluetooth v2.1 with +EDR (A2DP, AVRCP, HSP)
Front and rear cameras are for streaming and not recording
Standard QWERTY keyboard

This portable console fared well in our lab tests and has excelled in the hardware department. However, it cannot be stressed enough that the PS Vita is really quite a high priced bit of gaming hardware with a price tag of Rs.19,990 for the Wi-Fi only version. The Wi-Fi + 3G model will retail for Rs. 24,990. This makes it about Rs.3,000 costlier than the Sony PlayStation 3.

The free YouTube app should enhance your PS Vita experience. Do let us know about your experience with this app in the comments section below.

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