Google’s recent tightening of YouTube restrictions in respect to third-party clients has not sat well with Microsoft, whose unofficial YouTube client for Windows Phone is barebones again – as in, it’s been reduced to an icon which launches into the mobile YouTube interface at Remarkably enough, the Xbox One console is a different story.

The Redmond-based Windows giant announced yesterday that the Xbox One will include YouTube when it launches tomorrow, Friday 22. It will be an actual app, not a glorified web page and it seems Apple users will be able to send videos from YouTube for iPhone and iPad directly to the console…

Having spent some time with an Xbox One test unit, Engadget was able to confirm the iOS-Xbox integration:

We’ve checked the app on our Xbox One test unit, and there’s an additional treat in store for mobile viewers: you can use YouTube’s Android and iOS apps to send videos to the console.

This is good news for iDevice owners who’ve been eyeing the console.

Unfortunately, Engadget has forgotten to shed more detail on how the feature works, but I suspect it may have something to do with YouTube’s support for connected TVs.


As can be seen below, this feature – available in YouTube settings on your iOS device – makes it easy to sort of “pair” any connected TV set with the YouTube application.

After entering the pairing code generated by your connected TV set, YouTube for iOS basically becomes a remote control of sorts, sending video URLs and other simple commands to the other device, much like AirPlay does.

YouTube for iOS (Connected TVs)

From there, you simply tap the Cast button when playing a video to send it from your iOS device to the connected TV or other paired devices, like Chromecast and Google TV devices. You can even queue up the video to watch it next on the output device.

It’s entirely possible that the iOS/Xbox YouTube integration requires the newly-released Xbox One SmartGlass companion app for the iPhone and iPad, available free from the App Store. Both Google and Microsoft announced YouTube’s Xbox One integration. Interestingly enough, this capability isn’t supported on the PlayStation 4 as of yet.

The blog posts reveal that YouTube’s official Xbox One app will support channel subscriptions and trending videos, with Snap mode (quickly switch between multiple open apps) and other features coming at a later stage.

Best of all, it will recognize Kinect-based voice and gesture commands from day one!

Slashgear has more on that:

The app is fully integrated with voice and gesture control. Say “Xbox” while in the YouTube app with the Kinect 2.0 turned on and a menu appears. Say a menu item like “Play” or “Pause” and the video behaves accordingly. Gesturally speaking, you can select videos for viewing by grabbing them, or scroll through videos with a swipe.

Speaking of consoles, repair wizards over at iFix have conducted their ritual teardown of both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Hardware aficionados are advised to check these out to learn why Microsoft’s new living room Trojan horse is so big. As much as I hate saying this, I’m definitely positive that my next console is going to be the new Xbox.

I’m a Sony type of guy when it comes to console gaming, but Microsoft’s integration with live TV and set-top boxes through gestures and voice commands (“Xbox, watch National Geographic”) is a huge bonus, and then there are other living room integration features where the new Xbox handily beats the PlayStation 4.

Which one would you choose, the PlayStation 4 or the Xbox One?

  • This combines Apple, Microsoft and Google together. It’s kinda funny

  • Skrilla

    Not really into gaming that much but I am going to pick up the Xbox One saw the All-in-One demo as was impressed the PS4 just feels like a PS3 with upgraded RAM and no new features

    • Paul Meneshian

      I don’t get Xbox ones approach
      Everyone is leaving cable tv for streaming services. but even that everyone knows when the want to watch a show on say abc or NBC they can go ondemand or use their dvr. It’s just doing what google tv did and failed at, except it dumped the remote for voice and gestures which from what I read people are disliking the experience…

      • Skrilla

        The OneGuide works with all the apps as well

      • Paul Meneshian

        they already called the big cable companies but theres a tremendous inertia of hardware thats in market and you can not go ask everybody to go spend several hundred dollars and replace all there boxes and replaces all there protocols… Not with these cable companies

  • Jonathan

    Wow, Apple allowed that?

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      Of course they did. Apple likes competition

  • J. Rockwell

    I also saw an in person demo of the Xbox One and left completely in awe of the vision Microsoft has for this machine. It looks as if they are going ALL-IN with it. From quick voice commands to switch from Game/TV/Skype to picture-in-picture Skype while playing. Can you imagine playing a buddy in Madden while Skyping in a small screen to see their reaction when you pick 6 them to win the game. Not to mention the clarity of the Kinect camera is incredible as well.

    Will probably wait to see which console has the best game titles the next few months before a purchase between PS4/Xbox, but am leaning hard towards an Xbox.

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      “Not to mention the clarity of the Kinect camera is incredible as well.”

      I’m sure the NSA will love that…

      • J. Rockwell

        Keep peeking out of your blinds… 🙂

      • Mismatch

        Why don’t you just duct tape all the cameras on all your phones, computers and that kinect because the NSA probably wants to see you posting idiotic comments like that.

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  • Josh

    I’ve been doing this on my PS3 for months..

  • Steroc

    You can do this with a Virgin Media TiVo box too in the UK. I was watching a video on YouTube on my phone yesterday when I noticed an AirPlay like icon so pressed it and the video I was watching started playing on my TiVo box.

  • Meh, yet another outdated gaming PC…Cable TV? Who still watches that?

    • Arturo Millan

      I used to be a PC gamer until i realised what i was missing, Like you i used to say things like i can run Battlefield 4 in high settings in 2K, but then i realized that PC has little to no exclusives,

      the only good exclusives i remember were Half-Life, Portal, Minecraft (which all got ported to the Xbox 360/ps3) and then realized i was missing games like Halo, Uncharted, GTA V, Dead Rising, Gears of War, Infamous etc…

      I agree PC can be more powerful than consoles, but the drawback of PC gaming its that has no good exclusives,

      • I’m honestly not a hardcore gamer, all the emulators for SNES/PS1/PS2/PSP/Xbox 360 grant me more than enough games to play. Sooner or later, there’ll be a PS3 emulator…Buying a console just restricts you to 1 collection. The PS3 is my last console.