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Thursday, December 9, 2010

YouTube on PS3 sucks!

YouTube on PS3 sucks donkey ass. It is as simple as that. I am a PS3 owner for more than 2 years now and from the very beginning one of the main subjects I was complaining about was that YouTube's performance on the console was abysmal. In fact abysmal cannot even begin to describe how awful watching YouTube videos on the console is. I mean, you have a big screen TV you have the most powerful console in the gaming industry and you are still unable to properly watch even the most simple of videos. HD content is out of the question...

Browsing on the PS3 browser is bad but I don't care since I do my browsing from my computer. Thus, render glitches here and there, bad controls or even slow rendering would not bother me as long as it would properly render YouTube, either the normal or the XL version of it. I will lower my expectations even more. I would not care about proper rendering of the YouTube site as long as it would playback the videos properly. It doesn't even do that.

The interface is okeyish when it renders correctly

When you load a video, the video quality is really bad. It is worse than my mobile phone. It is not only that though, it is that the video is jerky, it is that the audio and video very rarely synchronize, it is that the playback would sometimes stop even though the whole video has buffered. That happens either on the normal site or the XL site. Normal site is even worse since you cannot navigate properly, since you have to play "hide and seek" with the buttons and the cursor. The XL site is not better though, since many times when you go from full screen to normal window the site will not resize properly and will only render on half the screen.

Obviously the rendering problem is due to a bad html rendering engine of the PS3 browser. Use another engine like WebKit goddamn it. It is open and free and used by everyone with excellent results. You do not need to use the sucky engine written inhouse probably by a couple of japanese undergrad students working as interns in Sony. The playback issue is obviously a problem of the really, really, really, bad flash player of the aforementioned crappy browser. The whole of Sony cannot implement a proper flash engine? You are a multinational. Work with Adobe like everyone else if you cannot do it on your own, i don't care.

To top all that many of the videos are restricted from XL version. Music videos for example that can be viewed normally from the normal view are not even searchable from the XL version. What shoddy business takes place behind that?

As it seems this is not going to happen anytime soon on my TV screen

Such things 4+ years after the launch of the console are inexcusable, plain and simple. Supposedly PS3 is more than a gaming console. It is marketed and used as a media center as well, and not being able to use the most popular video service on the web is stupid. Low badget media servers that cost, no more than, 60-70 euros support Youtube much better. In every new update of the system I expect it to be fixed allas with no results. I think it even got worse than 2 years ago. GET IT FIXED ALREADY!!

9 comments:

Will said...

Can't agree more. I came across your post as I just tried it out on my PS3 and was convinced I must be doing something wrong. But no, it just sucks that bad.

mastorak said...

Unfortunately mate you are not doing anything wrong. If you were, you could fix it. It is all Sony's fault. You would think that they would have fixed already...

mac_perlinski said...

Well after months of suffering because of new youtube xl - interface is not stable, there is alot of javascript so you hardly can click on anything i found simple interface for youtube without all javascript feezing fireworks http://www.youps3tube.com . I was trying to use old standard version of youtube but it seems guys from google stopped supporting ps3 on the regular youtube site so i cannot even click on the search button now.

mastorak said...

Thanks for a great tip mate!
The situation with youtube on PS3 is really frustrating and I hope your suggestion becomes a solid alternative for PS3 users.

Anonymous said...

It sure is frustrating! No controls over pausing and fast forward or rewind! Like one of those sucky games where we have to start all the way from the beginning if we press the wrong button!

Anonymous said...

If u think it was bad before, look at the app, IT'S EVEN WORSE! I swear 90% of the time it fails to even CONTACT Youtube, and sometimes it loads Youtube, but ALL the videos are missing, and i have a standard tv, so i can't see part of the screen, thanks to mandatory widescreen format, *phew* I really needed to vent, thanks for listening, and THANK YOU SO MUCH for having this chat page, by a very angry ps3 user.

Anonymous said...

same guy, PS, SOMEBODY PLEASE MAKE SURE THOSE PSN JERKS SEE THE ABOVE COMMENT!

Anonymous said...

Imo, this app is garbage, who made this app, who approved this app? I liked the plain jane web browser based youtube. I didn't like the xl version either, why was there an app created? Why would I want to use my smart phone as a remote with it's 4 or 5 inch screen, when I got the ps3 contoller in my hands and a waaay bigger screen than my smart phone to look at.. Whoever made this app should be banned from ever building apps for the rest of their lives, and whoever approved such an app should be investigated as an inefficient pompous bigot to their respected company ( Sony/Youtube/Whoever. ) Now when browsing the web and I see an interesting related video, I have to either close the web browser and open the epic fail app, or leave what I was browsing and use a trick to watch that video. Way to stack the bureaucratic red tape BS, nice job. /end rant

Anonymous said...

hd is one thing i would gladly accept simple 360p instead crappy 240p at every single video. But i guess simple 360 is too big of a constraint on such powerful device like ps3. sony update your flash player please