A YouTube App For PS4 Is On The Way
At first glance, when you look at the title of this article, you may think that this is not really anything to write home about. You may be right, however there is more to this story than meets the eye. Allow me to explain exactly how that is so.
First things first, naturally the first benefit this news—which was announced at this year’s annual E3 convention—has to offer for PS4 users is the obvious fact that now you can watch YouTube videos on your console. Let’s travel back in time…back when the console first came out. One of the few complaints about the PS4 (and even the Xbox One) was that neither of them would have the capability—at first—to launch YouTube by means of an App.
This day and age, YouTube has expanded greatly from simply being a website where people look at videos on their personal computers, to an experience where families can come together and enjoy watching uploaded content together on their television sets in the comfort of their living room or wherever. People now look at the service as a primary reason to purchase streaming devices such as Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, and Roku—to name a few—and even the older generation of consoles see moderate use of the service. In fact, personally, I would often find myself turning on my Playstation 3 simply for the purpose of providing my family with some simple entertainment courtesy of the YouTube App.
A Whole New World Of Sharing Content Awaits PS4 Users
Bearing that in mind, for many users—myself included—that simple fact alone that the convenience of having YouTube readily available in the form of an App on the PS4 is delightful news. However, that’s not the real treasure behind this announcement. By doing this, now users will be able to directly upload their shared footage onto YouTube from the console itself. That’s right, Sony and Google have both heard your cries for this feature and have now collaborated together to finally see it come to fruition.
The sharing feature and its simple ease of use is one that has helped make Sony’s next generation helping stand out among the competition. Since the launch of the console, millions of users have uploaded and recorded well over one hundred million videos and live streams—through Twitch and Ustream—dealing with their in-game footage allowing other’s to get a glimpse of a game before they purchase it and connect through comments making for a deeper and richer social-gaming experience. Now with the addition of being able to share on YouTube, this will allow users to branch out their content to millions of other viewers across the globe.
Final Thoughts and Further Reading
I don’t know about you, but personally I feel that this is very exciting news and can only mean bright and wonderful things are in-store for not just the future of Playstation, but the future of social-gaming as well. So now that you have read the news, do you feel that the addition of the YouTube App along with its media sharing capabilities is good for the gaming community?
For further information on this story, you may follow this link to IGN’s article here.