Aug 14th, 2012

Sony has long had a fruitful relationship with the Android operating system through phones and their unique ability to bring PlayStation titles to the platform. Now, they’re giving PlayStation 3 owners a nice new app to use Android phones with.

The YouTube app for PlayStation 3 is now available, and Android users can control the app with their phones. Here’s the tidbit that matters to us from the YouTube blog:

Your phone as a remote: With a quick pairing process, you can control YouTube on PS3 with a smartphone. Find a video on your phone and with a button it’ll play on the big screen. While the video is playing you can control it from the phone, or keep browsing YouTube for the next one.

“But why not just use the controller?” Well, that’s a lot more cumbersome. I use YouTube on my Xbox 360 and I hate using the on-screen interface to find videos I want to watch. The searching interface alone is enough to make me revert to my PC.

With this solution I can use my phone to find the videos I want, and this is a much more comfortable experience as I can type pretty fast with my on-screen keyboard.

The beautiful thing about the PlayStation 3 is that it’s open, and it has Bluetooth. I could easily hook up a wireless keyboard/keypad and use the on-screen interface, but if I don’t have one and am not willing to buy one it only makes sense that I am allowed to use devices I already have.

Needless to say, I’ll be heading straight for my PlayStation 3 anytime I want to watch YouTube on the bigger screen from now on. To download the YouTube app for PlayStation be sure to find it under My Channels in the PlayStation store.