YouTube app for Vita coming this month, other apps confirmed
|1st June 2012||Matt Bailey|
E3 may be next week, but it was this week that Sony revealed a bunch of new applications on the way soon to the PlayStation Vita. The most prominent of which is YouTube, set to be available as a free download from the PlayStation Store later this month. It will let you watch YouTube videos and channels on the Vita, and supports features such as search, favourites, and the ability to post comments. Or read all those exciting comments from other users... It will also let you lot into your YouTube account so you can access your subscriptions.
Also on the way are travel, ecology and music themed applications, including "Travel Bug" where you can create your own bug, and then give it missions. The bug then 'travels' around the world, with its progress tracked via the existing "near" application. Then there's "Ecolibrium", which is an eco-system simulator where species in your eco-system must be fed manually until you have restored balance. You can also collect different species and trade them via, you guessed it, "near". The final of the trio is the music-themed Imaginstruments, which may have a silly name, but the music creator has the potential to be a bit of a hit for the platform. It takes advantage of the range of different inputs for Vita, include the front and back touch screen, analogue sticks, as well as a microphone and traditional buttons.
There's no word on timing or pricing at the moment, although the hope is that they will be free like the recent "Paint Park2, designed as a Vita showcase more than something to make money directly. It also follows the release of the Skype app, and announcements of "Treasure Park" and "Wake-up Club".