Xbox 360 YouTube app now 5x faster

In December, Microsoft added a YouTube app for owners of its Xbox 360 console as part of the company's massive increase in non-gaming media apps for the hardware device. Today, Google announced that a major update for the YouTube app is now available to download for Xbox Live Gold subscribers.

In a post on the YouTube Google + page, the company said, "Achievement Unlocked: The YouTube app on Xbox is now up to 5X faster, and includes channels with official music videos."

Google has been aggressive of late in adding YouTube apps to a number of current game consoles. The app was released for Sony's PS Vita earlier this year and a couple of weeks ago, Playstation 3 owners could also download their own YouTube app. The PS3 version also added support for remote control access via a smartphone, but there is no such support, at least not yet, for the Xbox 360 app.

At E3 2012, Microsoft showed off Xbox Smart Glass, which will allow remote access to the Xbox 360 and many of its apps and games via smartphones and tablets. It's currently unknown if Smart Glass will support the Xbox 360 YouTube app when the feature is released later this fall.

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I like it but I'm not a big YouTube user apart from the odd game trailer or video of a cat doing something amusing.

The PS3 version also added support for remote control access via a smartphone, but there is no such support, at least not yet, for the Xbox 360 app.

Even if the App doesn't yet support SmartGlass aka Xbox Companion, it is still usable by the Phone/Tablet/Desktop App available from Microsoft.

Sending information back to the SmartGlass App on devices would be nice, but is not necessary nor needed for remote control features from a phone on the Xbox 360, as it is on the PS3 and other media devices.

I think apps that dont use lives services should be free like Netflix and this Youtube app. I know people who dont have a Gold membership because they just play around with Kinect games and dont play online games. What is wrong letting people use Netflix and Youtube without a Gold membership?

Another thing I want to bring up is that lots of videos have links to other videos at the end and I know the PS3 YouTube app doesnt have a way to show the link outlines or anyway to select the links. Im guess it is the same for the X360 and other TV box devices ( I dont know about phones). I wonder if Google is going to do someting about this in the future.

Cool, i noticed that after upgrading to the preview dashboard i couldn't watch crap on youtube without getting a warning about invalid video content. Now it at least works.

Who exactly gets an xbox without xbox live gold? I do think the system sucks a little but it has benefits over the free PSN.

Gaffney said,
Who exactly gets an xbox without xbox live gold? I do think the system sucks a little but it has benefits over the free PSN.

like??

still1 said,

like??

Really? You want the poster to list 100 things you can reference yourself if you compare the functionality and features of the two systems?

The PSN network is far from the Gold Xbox Live mutli-player/ecosystem.

thenetavenger said,

Really? You want the poster to list 100 things you can reference yourself if you compare the functionality and features of the two systems?

The PSN network is far from the Gold Xbox Live mutli-player/ecosystem.

I didn't ask for 100's of reason. i asked for few. why cant you just post 5??

Gaffney said,
Who exactly gets an xbox without xbox live gold? I do think the system sucks a little but it has benefits over the free PSN.

People who don't play or are not interested in Online Gaming. Not every Gamer plays first and 3rd party shooters and theirs a wealth of games that require no multiplayer abilities so why would they waste their money on Live regardless of the "features" you get.

However with that in mind people who are paying for services such as Netflix shouldn't be penalised by having to pay for a gold subscription just to access them either. I suppose it does however depends on who developed the app.

thenetavenger said,

Really? You want the poster to list 100 things you can reference yourself if you compare the functionality and features of the two systems?

The PSN network is far from the Gold Xbox Live mutli-player/ecosystem.


Network != ecosystem.
For a free service, the PSN ecosystem is quite decent. And getting better... be it slowly.
Also the PSN+ adds a big abundance of free games, services and other goodies you'll never ever see on XBL Gold

What I don't like about the app is that it doesn't lists the latest videos uploaded by my subscribed channels, it just shows all the channels

Amazed at how many people complain about the Gold price, a whole $50/year to enjoy the best online gaming experience on console and the best media support for any console with the exception of not having blu-ray. The PS3 might be free but you get what you pay for and I have had nothing but horrible experiences with the PS3 online service. Oh and you can usually get Gold for $35/year if you look hard enough... In case you really think $50 is to much it comes out to $4/month.

NoLiMiT06 said,
Amazed at how many people complain about the Gold price, a whole $50/year to enjoy the best online gaming experience on console and the best media support for any console with the exception of not having blu-ray. The PS3 might be free but you get what you pay for and I have had nothing but horrible experiences with the PS3 online service. Oh and you can usually get Gold for $35/year if you look hard enough... In case you really think $50 is to much it comes out to $4/month.

The point is that we have to pay more just to use other services we already paid for (netflix/zune)

Doesn't matter how much it costs. Some people just think it's wrong.

Microsoft are charging for free or already paid for services that are free to use on every other capable platform known to man. Gold needed to access IE, do you not see how ridiculous that is ?

As for XBL being better than PSN, fair point but falls apart because the only reason it is better is because Microsoft are better at software. Everything MS added over the years except cloud saving is more ways to make you spend money. I'm sorry but what have they done that needed that Gold revenue stream to innovate past original Xbox Live features for our benefit? absolutely nothing.

Lets not kid ourselves, online play is what they are holding hostage, they like to roll out the PR which is the full entertainment experience but make P2P online play free and the majority wouldn't renew their subscription. Netflix won't require Gold soon, another nail in the coffin.

I know lots of people are still paying for Gold so things might not change but looking at the bigger picture I think a gold sub holds Xbox back. I can understand not wanting to kill that revenue stream but they need to let it go as it stands and bring something similar to PS+ that offers some real value to the consumer which has proven people are willing to pay for good features, not just for the privilege or necessity of accessing basic features behind the pay wall of XBL Gold.

Edited by coresx, Aug 28 2012, 7:33pm :

So much fail in your post.

What have MS done with the profit from the Gold subs? A hell of a lot my friend, you think these things come free? Hell no, licences need paying for, deals need to be made.
If you don;t like it then go to PS3 and get a free PSN account because at the end of the day, the Gold Sub on XBOX is something you either pay for by choice or don;t bother with. No one is forcing it upon you.

Hmm, license fees for each game sold, hardware profits, dashboard ads. Deals, you mean spending millions so PC, PS3 gamers don't get DLC at the same time, wow thanks MS, money well spent.

I'm under no illusion that it's a choice in the end but I'm free to raise issues instead of taking it over a barrel. Give them a yard, they will take a mile. I like things about Xbox but also don't like other things which I hope they change in the future. I just think they need to evolve Gold and stop having basic features behind a pay wall because they know that is what most people are paying to access, they fear the outcome instead of offering something fair to consumers. That makes them look very bad.

NoLiMiT06 said,
Amazed at how many people complain about the Gold price, a whole $50/year to enjoy the best online gaming experience on console and the best media support for any console with the exception of not having blu-ray. The PS3 might be free but you get what you pay for and I have had nothing but horrible experiences with the PS3 online service. Oh and you can usually get Gold for $35/year if you look hard enough... In case you really think $50 is to much it comes out to $4/month.

I have no problem with the fee, what I have a problem with is the double dipping, the fee and the ads on a paying service, do I need Breaking Bad ads on the friggin' home section, a section that should be for HOME functions, not displaying ads for things in other sections.

WooHoo!!! said,
Doesn't matter how much it costs. Some people just think it's wrong.

Microsoft are charging for free or already paid for services that are free to use on every other capable platform known to man. Gold needed to access IE, do you not see how ridiculous that is ?

As for XBL being better than PSN, fair point but falls apart because the only reason it is better is because Microsoft are better at software. Everything MS added over the years except cloud saving is more ways to make you spend money. I'm sorry but what have they done that needed that Gold revenue stream to innovate past original Xbox Live features for our benefit? absolutely nothing.

Lets not kid ourselves, online play is what they are holding hostage, they like to roll out the PR which is the full entertainment experience but make P2P online play free and the majority wouldn't renew their subscription. Netflix won't require Gold soon, another nail in the coffin.

I know lots of people are still paying for Gold so things might not change but looking at the bigger picture I think a gold sub holds Xbox back. I can understand not wanting to kill that revenue stream but they need to let it go as it stands and bring something similar to PS+ that offers some real value to the consumer which has proven people are willing to pay for good features, not just for the privilege or necessity of accessing basic features behind the pay wall of XBL Gold.

The problem is a last of history and reference.

Xbox Live existed LONG before Internet media App and Services were available on a console.

Xbox Live was established as 'Gold' only initially, because of the infrastructure costs and content that Microsoft created to maintain the service, back on the original Xbox.

The PS2 didn't add online access until later, and was far from the features of the Xbox.

With the introduction of the Xbox 360 and the PS3, the service was expand in features on the Xbox 360 which is where the birth of the Silver and Gold tiers come from. At this time, there still was NO Netflix or other provider paid content services.

The free Silver Xbox Live was considered a 'good' free thing to users at this time.

Later as services were added to Xbox Live, it was through Gold, because several of them were initially free and had new lower pricing models subsidized though the Gold subscription. (Last.fm was free, and even Netflix was CHEAPER on the Xbox when introduced because of the Gold subscription and kick back from Microsoft to these Apps.)

I agree that now that the Xbox ecosystem has expanded and no longer has subsidized provider content, that even if Microsoft wants to lock out multi-player to a subscription, the provider content should not be locked out.

In retrospect, it is easy to see how the system evolved and got to where it is, and there is an argument for the pricing model to get changed, but to slap Microsoft and claim they did NOTHING or held people hostage is insane.

Back in the day the cheaper Netflix access and free access to other content services was worth the cost, let alone the online gaming subscription.

People also FORGET that many gaming titles on the PSN charge 'additional' fees to customers to maintain the subscription to game.

This was a big ADVANTAGE for Xbox Gold versus PSN, as it was one fee for all games to play online and multiplayer, where PSN was free, but users were and still pay out additional PER TITLE fees to the game developers for multiplayer access.

(Go look them up, even Sony's own games like DCOU have an additional subscription or you must pay for content as they are not free through the PSN. So this one game alone costs $15 a month, and when you add in other titles that charge their $5 or $10, the PSN gets expensive rather quickly.)

Xbox Live Gold, all games online access included for about $5 a month.

So how great and free is the PSN for gamers?

Again I agree content should be moved to the Silver membership, but online gamers and the Gold membership have value to gamers that don't want to pay out more to subscribe to individual games for online access.

@thenetavenger:
Setting those things aside, I believe that Microsoft should do a trade with those of Ubisoft and EA. I don't find just that they keep chargin 10$ for each game they own and I want to play online (I usually buy used games on eBay) + the 60$ MSRP I pay for my online subscription .

Yeah, like most free or already paid for services on 360, Gold required. Disgusting policy.

I pay for a Zune pass but can't use it on 360 without a Gold sub. Complete joke.

Gold to access the internet with IE. Yeah, no thanks Microsoft.

Will make me think twice when next gen arrives and this policy hasn't changed.

Princess Chica Ami said,
Great, now people will be using their 5x faster youtube with 5x the more bandwith. =D

uhm. no.

efjay said,
Pointless if the picture quality is crap. Which it is.

Looks fine to me. Sure it isn't something on your end?

I had this issue for a while, every single video would load at 480p or lower. It randomly fixed itself one day though and started loading the 720p+ variants.

eilegz said,
does it need live gold to use?

Apparently so from what I can make out in the article.
xbox live gold really is a ****ing joke, can't even watch youtube without paying £50 a year!

n_K said,

Apparently so from what I can make out in the article.
xbox live gold really is a ****ing joke, can't even watch youtube without paying £50 a year!

So don't use it then. It's really not that difficult.

Jarrichvdv said,

Yes.

Which is lame, btw.

(plz read the article next time)

Technically speaking, as a Silver member, I can download the app, I just can't use it!

n_K said,

Apparently so from what I can make out in the article.
xbox live gold really is a ****ing joke, can't even watch youtube without paying £50 a year!

Exactly! I can't even use my own Zune Pass, which I already pay for, to play music on my Xbox!!!!

n_K said,

Apparently so from what I can make out in the article.
xbox live gold really is a ****ing joke, can't even watch youtube without paying £50 a year!

Its not £50 a year... £25 max is what you should be paying if you shop around.

Shikaka said,

Its not £50 a year... £25 max is what you should be paying if you shop around.

Exactly.
What i find more unbelievable is it's ONLY £25 (ish) a year. I'm not wealthy and i work hard for my money and what i get for £25 from my Gold subscription is well worth that small amount of money.

MikeHellstone said,

Exactly.
What i find more unbelievable is it's ONLY £25 (ish) a year. I'm not wealthy and i work hard for my money and what i get for £25 from my Gold subscription is well worth that small amount of money.

Some people want everything for free.

ahhell said,

So don't use it then. It's really not that difficult.

That's doesn't make any sense. We should not care about the fact that they make us pay 50 dollars for using a free service? Dude...

Jarrichvdv said,

Yes.

Which is lame, btw.

(plz read the article next time)

It's hardly expensive if you already have an XBox AND Broadband AND a nice TV then what's a few extra dollars a month? It's worth it.

Enron said,

Some people want everything for free.

The amount of ads now displayed on a paying service, soon to be more with the dashboard update coming, it should be a lot cheaper if not free, what they're doing is unacceptable. And don't give me that bullcrap about the subscription fees aren't covering the cost of running/maintaning the service, long before the ads they were pulling in billions in profit from gold subscriptions alone, the ads are a pure money grab.

JaredFrost said,

The amount of ads now displayed on a paying service, soon to be more with the dashboard update coming, it should be a lot cheaper if not free, what they're doing is unacceptable. And don't give me that bullcrap about the subscription fees aren't covering the cost of running/maintaning the service, long before the ads they were pulling in billions in profit from gold subscriptions alone, the ads are a pure money grab.


The 1.3billion USD profit for the Xbox Division last year comes from XBL subscriptions? really?
This does not only cover the Xbox, but more products.

Also the revenue was 17billion... on this the profit its not that huge man.
XBL has a huge serverpark behind it. I enjoy PSN, but it is NOWHERE near as good as XBL, PSN+ also does not come close.

JaredFrost said,

The amount of ads now displayed on a paying service, soon to be more with the dashboard update coming, it should be a lot cheaper if not free, what they're doing is unacceptable. And don't give me that bullcrap about the subscription fees aren't covering the cost of running/maintaning the service, long before the ads they were pulling in billions in profit from gold subscriptions alone, the ads are a pure money grab.


The 1.3billion USD profit for the Xbox Division last year comes from XBL subscriptions? really?
This does not only cover the Xbox, but more products.

Also the revenue was 17billion... on this the profit its not that huge man.
XBL has a huge serverpark behind it. I enjoy PSN, but it is NOWHERE near as good as XBL, PSN+ also does not come close.

JaredFrost said,

The amount of ads now displayed on a paying service, soon to be more with the dashboard update coming, it should be a lot cheaper if not free, what they're doing is unacceptable. And don't give me that bullcrap about the subscription fees aren't covering the cost of running/maintaning the service, long before the ads they were pulling in billions in profit from gold subscriptions alone, the ads are a pure money grab.


The 1.3billion USD profit for the Xbox Division last year comes from XBL subscriptions? really?
This does not only cover the Xbox, but more products.

Also the revenue was 17billion... on this the profit its not that huge man.
XBL has a huge serverpark behind it. I enjoy PSN, but it is NOWHERE near as good as XBL, PSN+ also does not come close.