PlayStation have announced via Twitter that they will soon cease to support the YouTube and Maps applications for the PlayStation Vita.

The YouTube application will be removed from the PlayStation Store today (28th January 2015) and will no longer be supported as of the 20th April 2015.

All of the features from the Maps application and a handful of the features from the near application will be disabled in a planned software update for the PlayStation Vita this March.

Worry not though, as YouTube can still be accessed via the PlayStation Vita’s browser (http://m.youtube.com) , where you can still access your playlists and channels once you sign into your Google account.

Personally, this news doesn’t make much of a difference to me, as I haven’t used either of these apps a great deal on my PlayStation Vita. However, let us know your views in the comments below!

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  • jpelgrom

    I actually use the YouTube app a lot, so I hope this is only tech support, and not the app not functioning anymore…

    The Maps KB article als says some near features will be disabled (https://support.us.playstation.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/5431), which are only mentioned on the EU support site (http://faq.en.playstation.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/10152):
    Q: What do you mean by some features of “near” will be disabled? What will I not be able to do on “near” ?
    A: “near” will not be able to obtain location address, or display maps.

    Q: Are there any ways to look up maps or location information on PS Vita, after features of “Maps” are disabled?
    A: You can use Google Maps via the “Browser” app. on PS Vita. However, search results for point/path search may differ between the “Maps” application and Google Maps displayed on the “Browser” application. Also, search histories will be saved based on the specifications of the “Browser”, and the history saved on the “Maps” application will be deleted.
    Furthermore, certain features that were available on the “Maps” application may be unavailable on Google Maps.

    Q: What happens to the data I achieved while using “Maps” and “near” on PS Vita?
    A: “near”:
    Information that were obtained before the update such as (1) Address information of “Out-and-About History”, “Out-and-About Radar” and “Local Chart”, (2) Address of “Private Zone Settings” will remain saved.
    *Please note that (1) will be deleted after 7 days and (2) will be deleted if the private zone setting is cancelled.
    “Maps”:
    Information such as “Bookmark” saved within the application will be deleted simultaneously with the feature disablement.

    Q: Can I continue to use “Maps” and “near” if I don’t update my PS Vita system?
    A: No, features will be in any case disabled in March 2015, and deleted after updating the system software.

  • I hardly ever use my Vita for anything but gaming so this doesn’t really affect me. Heck, sometimes I wish I’d be able to remove several apps that Vita has installed by default (e.g. Near).

    • Nonscpo

      Near is useless, I wouldnt mind it if the app was more like streetpass on the 3DS, but it isnt!

  • Phelan

    Oh… that’s fucking great.

    “Users can continue to enjoy YouTube via the “Browser” application, and
    will be able to access their YouTube data, such as playlists and
    channels, by signing in to the same Google account via the “Browser” app
    and on other devices.
    (http://m.youtube.com)”

    I wouldn’t care if that blood browser would work like it should! But it is not! It is piece of shit! It doesn’t support majority of plugins… even bloody mobile phones are doing better job in terms of browsers. But the worst thing is that it frequently freeze for god knows reason… it is working for some time without any problems and BOOOM… internet being all frozen and you can’t do anything about it. I dunno might be a problem with internal memory or something…

    Also great thing about Maps…

    Wow…. you can’t really care less about Vita than SCEE/SCEA

    • GeminiR

      And no explanation given… come on, it’s like they give away the Vitas with happy meals instead of being a quite expensive piece of hardware…

      • Nonscpo

        “it’s like they give away the Vitas with happy meals instead of being a quite expensive piece of hardware”……No they are not, maybe an argument can be made for the Euro zone, but not in North America. While Europeans are getting better bundles (Systems+memory card+4 to 6 games), in North America the bundles include only a 8GB memory card and one game. Granted that Europe traditionally get screwed over more on the software side and localizations, but more can be done.

        • Phelan

          Lately they are adding 4gb 😛 memory cards here.

          But either way Vita is more expensive than in NA. Even with games included it cost way too much here.

          Look… Vita Bundle with Borderland in NA -> 199$
          Vita Bundles in EU -> 189-220 GBP (300$)

          And only one country had 16 GB (though I can’t say which one). For example Vita Sport and Racing bundle in my country was with 8GB only…. though I managed to find in one shop imported version with 16 GB card. On the other hand Vita Killzone (anothe bundle I own) was only with 8gb in every country.

          • Nonscpo

            Good point Phelan I forgot to take into account the exchange rates. Man the Euro zone is getting screwed, it aint good nowhere 🙁

  • APA

    I use near a lot. That’s how I met some of my gaming pals. Such a shame it won’t work anymore. Regarding Youtube, I didn’t use it much, but, too bad won’t be even able to use it.

  • Lester Paredes

    Okay… That came out of nowhere. I don’t use these apps very much on my Vita, but I know there are people who really use YouTube. Seriously, though… If they want to get rid of useless apps, Near and Touch Park or whatever it’s called should get the axe. Maybe the calendar and email apps too. At least YouTube was useful when my phone wasn’t readily available.

    • Nonscpo

      Sorry Lester but there’s no reason to get rid of the Calendar or Email App. I hope they at least let us get rid of the pre-installed Apps that came with the system in the next update.

    • JonathanisPrimus

      The calendar app is actually kind of decent in Japan. Sony allows you to download a Vita game release calendar and schedule multiplayer sessions. In the west, however …

  • EndRant

    I hope that update adds something really awesome but I’m pretty sure it won’t. They supposed to be adding things, not removing then. I’ll wait until March and see what the update brings, the way things are going I think I will end up trading in my vita for a new 3ds.

  • Reza Gerami

    I used the NEAR-app a lot and enjoyed recording the distance my Vita has travelled. Used the youtube-app as well from time to time and since the Browser on the Vita is such an unreliable mess, I regard this as an downgrade for the Vita. Dissapointed and frustrated.

  • GeminiR

    That really disappoints… I use Youtube on the Vita all the time, to stream music a lot. The worse is that it completely kills the hope that Youtube was ever going to be available for the Playstation TV.

    • Nonscpo

      Agreed, now all we can hope for is that Netlflix down the road sees a reason to support the Playstation TV 🙁

  • Nonscpo

    So much for getting the Youtube App on PSTV 🙁