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How To Watch YouTube Videos On A PS Vita

Via YouTube.

Alright, this is pretty cool. You can’t normally watch YouTube on a PS Vita (due to Sony’s browser not running Flash and YT not being set up for the console) but this is a neat workaround.

The author of the above video uses a Javascript trick, but admits to not actually inventing it – for example, there an earlier video here doing the same thing. Regardless, he’s shown us how to do it, and for that we’re all rather grateful.

Basically, open the Vita browser, and go to this page. Then click and hold on “PSVitaTubeDownloader” to ‘open’ the link. Nothing will happen, that’s fine.

Then go to the ‘…’ in the bottom and ‘add bookmark’. It’ll add the Javascript as a bookmark.

Finally, the good bit – go to YouTube as normal in the Vita browser, search for a video and then try to view it. It won’t work, but then click on the Vita browser ‘heart’ icon for the bookmarks and you’ll get a download link above where the video should be.

Then, via the browser, download the video to your Vita. It’ll be in the Videos app.

Please note that we’ve not checked the Javascript itself and can’t vouch for it’s security or safety, and advise you get that checked yourself if you’re concerned. Also, YouTube might switch off this workaround at any time.

Via NeoGAF.

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20 Comments
  1. bmg_123
    Member
    Since: Feb 2012

    So are Sony ever adding Flash support? Nice to have a workaround, but still…

    Comment posted on 17/05/2012 at 12:56.
    • Workshed
      Member
      Since: Jan 2010

      Probably not, Adobe don’t even support full Flash for Linux anymore so what hope has the Vita got? Personally I couldn’t give a monkeys about Flash on the Vita.

      Comment posted on 17/05/2012 at 13:04.
    • colossalblue
      Team TSA: Editor
      Since: Forever

      Flash isn’t supported in many, many leading platforms now. iOS is the obvious one. Luckily, YouTube has its videos in HTML5 now so they all work on iOS without the need for the resource drain of Flash. Unfortunately, the Vita doesn’t do HTML5 at all and its Java support is very dodgy too, which at this point in internet development is a much more serious issue than not having Flash.

      Comment posted on 17/05/2012 at 13:06.
      • shields_t
        Member
        Since: Oct 2008

        Plus without Flash support, it won’t need updating every three days to iron out previously unknown secuity flaws.

        Comment posted on 17/05/2012 at 13:27.
  2. cam the man
    Member
    Since: May 2009

    Will give it a go, cheers.

    Comment posted on 17/05/2012 at 12:59.
  3. colossalblue
    Team TSA: Editor
    Since: Forever

    Jeez, that sounds like a lot of fiddling for something that even Internet Explorer 6 can do ;)

    Comment posted on 17/05/2012 at 13:04.
    • nofi
      One for all.
      Since: Forever

      Ah, it’s really not. Once you’ve got the Javascript it’s one click extra per video, then you can download it.

      Comment posted on 17/05/2012 at 13:11.
      • Kennykazey
        Member
        Since: Mar 2010

        But what if I don’t want to download it, but watch it in the browser?

        Comment posted on 17/05/2012 at 20:37.
  4. parryman
    Member
    Since: Apr 2012

    Sounds like a lot of faff to watch videos of people falling over.

    Comment posted on 17/05/2012 at 13:13.
    • tactical20
      Member
      Since: May 2010

      Agreed. 99% of Youtube is stuff you wanna stream, not download.

      Comment posted on 17/05/2012 at 13:16.
  5. TSBonyman
    Member
    Since: Dec 2009

    Cool, I must try this later. ps3youtube uses some similar javascript thing for ps3 i think.

    Comment posted on 17/05/2012 at 13:17.
  6. Tanzil
    Member
    Since: Mar 2010

    And if you look in the general chat forum, I posted this a little while back. just saying.

    Comment posted on 17/05/2012 at 13:28.
    • Burgess_101
      Member
      Since: May 2009

      I was just about to say!

      Comment posted on 17/05/2012 at 16:07.
  7. Tomhlord
    Team TSA: Writer
    Since: Apr 2009

    Yay, I can watch Vita on my YouTube

    Comment posted on 17/05/2012 at 13:35.
  8. Jakster123x
    Member
    Since: Aug 2011

    Shouldn’t have to do this, though. Youtube should of been available from the start.

    Ah well, not a big deal.

    Comment posted on 17/05/2012 at 13:45.
  9. JesseDeya
    Member
    Since: Jan 2010

    This is actually way better than just being able to watch Videos, I love saving YT videos (I use Chrome Youtube Downloader normally) and having this on Vita is a WIN!

    Thanks nofi :)

    Comment posted on 17/05/2012 at 16:35.
  10. yl_ksaa
    Member
    Since: Nov 2008

    Here is a short version of that link
    goo.gl/3HI64

    Comment posted on 17/05/2012 at 18:00.

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