By Jonathan Charles | Aug 15, 2012 10:56 AM EDT
When YouTube released an app for the Xbox 360 as part of the media service blowout in the 2011 dashboard update, it suffered from buggy browsing and failures to load content. YouTube's new PlayStation 3 app seems to have similar problems.
The app supports HD video, suggests search results as typed, and allows remote control via smartphone pairing.
Apparently, Android devices can control YouTube remotely on a PS3 via the Android YouTube Remote app or through the YouTube app bundled with Google's Nexus 7 tablet. It is unclear whether this ability will extend to iOS. Devices must use the same local connection as the console. After pairing, a smartphone's users can change the audio or continue browsing.
The Verge downloaded the app. While "worlds better" than browsing the video sharing service in the PlayStation 3's browser, which cannot play HD video, the app's high definition video playback is inconsistent. Granted, The Verge tested the app with1080p video, probably a higher resolution than required, but HD video should play seamlessly on a 18Mbps connetion regardless.
Also like the Xbox 360 app, preview images in the PS3 app do not display properly, and the screen resolution even changed. The app also crashed mid-video.
The PS3 app's background images at least look varied compared to the Xbox 360's app, using an Aero-esque affect with backgrounds blurred instead of the Xbox 360's matte red.
Between the lackluster YouTube app on iOS and the inconsistent apps on Xbox 360 and now PlayStation 3, Google says that it will "keep improving" the experience.
YouTube for PlayStation 3 is available to download now under My Channels for North America. Google said the app will arrive in additional countries over the coming months.
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