Game on: Xbox hooks up with YouTube

A new app for Xbox allows gamers to check out YouTube reviews and cheats on their own big screens. 

Mar 3, 2020, 9:58 am*


Fruzsina Eördögh 

Fruzsina Eördögh

With a vast library of video game tutorials, prominent commentators, and fan-made videos, YouTube cemented its place as a go-to for gamers today—at least those that play Xbox.

YouTube now has an app on Xbox that allows users to browse the video-sharing network on the console. The app is intended to help gamers check out reviews, cheats, and walk-throughs, but also allows users to check out non-game-related content.

“We’re really excited to bring YouTube to the Xbox,” a Google representative told the Daily Dot. He was unable to comment on how the deal between Google (the parent company of YouTube) and Microsoft (the maker of the Xbox) “came together.”

Xbox users have taken to expressing their opinions on the app in the comment section of IGN’s video tutorial, as it was linked in the YouTube blog post. Like all things on YouTube, the comments were mixed and littered with trolls.

“holy shit, I got on Live last night and found YouTube, surprised and happy, then I find out today that yesterday was the first day of the YouTube app! ” commented RoninKageokami.

Many folks expressed how much they liked the new dashboard, with “sexy” being the most common adjective to describe it.

TheaMAZEingGuy called the new dashboard “pretty cool” in his tutorial video on new app.

cashdoggplayer wasn’t as pleased, writing in a comment on the IGN video “I have it, it sucks. Super slow, only when EVERYTHING on screen has fully loaded then you can play a video. Needs work.”

DJHES had a similar comment in his tutorial video, saying the application was “a little bit slow at first.”

“WTF? Fuck this! Selling my xbox on eBay” commented SEwalkman752 on the announcement video, with no other explanation.

Gamers needing help connecting their Xbox account with their YouTube account should check out this Google support thread.

Photo by Caomai

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*First Published: Dec 14, 2011, 7:42 pm