Gamers have been enjoying Netflix streaming on their consoles for a while now, and it looks like a new challenger might be entering the ring. It seems that YouTube, a subsidiary of Google, is looking for an engineer with the experience and talent to bring the system's video content to the consoles. If this is true, then gamers will be able to enjoy countless videos from the comfort of their couch.
YouTube recently put up a job posting for a 'Game Console Software Engineer' who will be required to "integrate and optimize with distribution channels and devices including all major game platforms." The key words here are "all major game platforms." When you hear about major video platforms coming to consoles, the first thing one might think of is the PS3 and Xbox 360.
Smartphone users have been enjoying YouTube integration since the beginning, and there's no reason why they can't share the digitally distributed wealth.
Other responsibilities of the Game Console Software Engineer will be to " build the next generation game-console based TV experience with YouTube video content." Currently gamers can access YouTube via the web browsers on the PS3 and Wii, and while this method works, a more streamlined console-friendly interface would definitely be welcome.
Netflix has gained a lot from expanding onto consoles and and this move definitely won't hurt YouTube. While it doesn't have the extensive library of Netflix, YouTube does offer some free movies, music videos and streaming concerts on its service. Enjoying a concert on a couch in front of a big screen rather than at a computer is something everyone can enjoy, not just gamers.
There is no official word from YouTube about the future of the service coming to game consoles, so be sure to keep your eyes here for any updates to this story.
Will you welcome a YouTube app to gaming consoles? Or does the idea of yet another application taking up space on your home console turn you off?