YouTube for Xbox 360 Now Available

When we took a first look at the new Xbox 360 Dashboard, there were several apps that said Coming Soon. This past week, Microsoft made YouTube, Syfy, Verizon FIOS and more available. Here’s a look at the YouTube app.

To install the new channels, from the main menu scroll over to Apps. Then select Apps Marketplace.

Apps Market Place

Then select See All.

Then select the Video app you want to download. As you can see, YouTube and Syfy are now available.


YouTube on the Xbox 360 is intuitive and has interesting features. It lets you connect your Xbox gamer tag with your YouTube account.

Microsoft is slipping out into every platform. Android with it’s Bing and Hotmail apps, iOS with SkyDrive and OneNote and now Google’s YouTube.


After selecting Get Started, the next screen gives you a code. On your computer log into the site.


Log into YouTube, then type in the activation code from the Xbox.


This will link your gamer tag on Xbox Live to your YouTube account. When you watch videos on YouTube via the Xbox 360 console, the title of the video will be displayed on your Xbox Live Online Status.

If you’re concerned about privacy – turn this setting off.


Overall the YouTube experience on Xbox is intuitive. It lets you browse through channel categories or search for specific topics. The video playback is smooth and the menus are easy to navigate.

Create a playlist in YouTube on the web, then sign into your Xbox Live account and have it available there too.


While it’s neat to have YouTube on the Xbox 360, I keep wondering if it’s really necessary. YouTube is great on a computer for catching various content. But is it really ready for the big HD screen?


There isn’t any ability to upload videos to YouTube through the Xbox interface. It’s all about video consumption. It would be great to see the ability to make videos with your Kinect and upload them on the fly. Also screen capturing would be welcome.


YouTube on Xbox 360 is neat, but I’ll save my YouTube browsing for the computer for now.

What do you guys think? Leave a comment and let us know.



  1. John

    December 18, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    I for one am pretty excited for youtube on the xbox. I didn’t think I’d care but after trying it out it’s great. The quality was surprisingly good! Although it may seem better to me since it doesn’t have to upscale to HD as I use a SD TV. It’s nice for showing videos to a bunch of people in the room at once instead of having to cram behind a computer etc.

    I’m hoping that there’s some way to connect my youtube account to the youtube app but have it require a parental control pass or something so the other people in the house can’t favorite dumb videos etc.

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