Xbox One will have a native YouTube app at launch

Xbox One will have a native YouTube app at launch


That’s the only prompt Xbox One owners will need to control the console’s newly announced YouTube app. Of course, you’ll have to insert "play," "pause," or "fast forward" commands to actually manipulate a video, but you get the idea.

The Google-owned company and Microsoft are out with details about YouTube on Xbox One, and users should be happy to know that from day one, the new console will have a dedicated native app.

The app will support 1080p videos, pull clips from subscribed channels and show trending videos in categories like Music and Sports.

In addition to voice commands, users will also have gesture controls, allowing them to grab the screen to scroll through videos and hand select videos.

More Xbox One YouTube action to come

The Xbox One launches Friday at 12 a.m. local time, meaning we’re less than 48 hours away from Microsoft’s latest landing in 13 countries.

If the functions seem a little basic to start, Xbox said it and YouTube are working on bringing greater functionality to the app, including Snap mode.

The app will work all regions were the Xbox One and YouTube are available, except for Austria, Ireland and New Zealand. However, Microsoft said the app will be available "in the coming days."

  • We went hands on with the Xbox One’s dashboard and interface. Check it out.