Just a few weeks before the release of the PS4, we found out that the system wouldn’t be launching with the YouTube application available for consumers to download. Obviously this made a lot of people mad not just because the app was missing at launch, but because Sony waited so long to deliver the bad news.
For comparison’s sake, the Xbox One has had the YouTube app available since the console’s launch last November. This brings up the question of what’s taking Sony or Google so long to give us the app that’s already available to PS3 and PS Vita consumers.
The PS Vita, Sony’s most recent gaming device before the PS4, also didn’t launch with a YouTube app. Instead, buyers had to wait until June 26, 2012 (about 4 months after the North American launch) to receive the app for PS Vita. Even then, the app itself wasn’t perfect. However, with time, it’s grown to be a great app that can hold its own against the mobile version on smartphones.
If Sony were to play this scenario out like they did with the PS Vita, then we would have to wait until around March 2014 for the YouTube app to appear on the PlayStation 4. According to PlayStation Access, more than 20 apps will be available on the PS4 by this Spring, including the HBO Go, DISH TV, and MLB.TV apps. Hopefully the YouTube app is on that list.
Until we receive the app, you can view YouTube from your PS4’s browser:
- Visit youtube.com/tv
- Follow any on screen instructions
- Either in a separate window on your PS4 or on your nearby laptop/computer, visit youtube.com/activate
- Jump back onto PS4 and enter your activation code
That’s the best you’re going to get for now (unless you’ve got Chromecast)!
What apps do you want to see on the PS4 in the near future? Let us know in the comments below.