Update: the YouTube app is now available in the Western stores and can be downloaded directly from your usual account. The original article is available below.
The release of the 2.0 firmware update of the PS4 has come and gone, but the YouTube app still isn’t available on the western PSN storefronts.
Community Manager Chris Owen encourages us to keep an eye on the PlayStation Store, but what if we don’t want to wait?
If there’s a will, there’s a way, and the app is actually already available on the Japanese PSN. All you have to do is to download it.
If you have a Japanese PSN account, there’s nothing easier. Go here (you may need to use an incognito window if you’re using the same browser in which you normally browse the PSN, otherwise it’ll automatically redirect to your home storefront), log in and “purchase” the app (of course it’s free).
Then go to your PS4, log in with your Japanese account and download the app from your library. Once it’s downloaded, you can go back to your original western account and the app will be available fully translated in English for you to enjoy.
If you don’t have a Japanese account, fear not. You can just create one. It’s quite easy, and you can find a well explained video guide on PSNStores. Seriously, you definitely should have one anyway.
Alternatively, if you have an Asian PSN account, the app is also available on the Hong Kong PlayStation Store.
It’s worth mentioning that if you download the Japanese version of the app, it’ll have the circle and X buttons inverted. X will be used to cancel, while circle will be used to confirm.