Back when the first wave of apps
was revealed for the Xbox One launch markets, a lot of people realised that YouTube was conspicuously absent. Theories abounded as to why this was so, but the truth was that Microsoft actually wanted to announce it separately.
The YouTube app will allow gamers to stream videos in 1080p on the Xbox One. Kinect compatibility means that you can say "YouTube" to your console, causing a menu to appear where you can carry out actions like play, pause and fast forward. If you don't want to use your voice, you can use gestures to grab the screen instead; you can use your hand to scroll through the videos and pick the one that you wish to watch. Players can use subscriptions to stay current with their favourite channels too. In the future, Microsoft will be adding extra functionality to the app, such as an upcoming Snap mode.
YouTube will launch with the console in "all launch markets where Xbox One and YouTube are available", with the exception of Austria, Ireland and New Zealand. The app will be coming to those three regions in the "coming days".