Streaming services like Netflix and YouTube aren’t on the Switch right now, but they’re on the way.
At the moment, the Switch is a pretty bare-bones offering. It can play games, but without a web browser, Virtual Console, or other app-like services… that’s about it. According to Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé, that’s a deliberate decision to let Nintendo focus on games first.
“We built the Nintendo Switch to be a world-class gaming device, meaning we want you first and foremost to play games on the system and have an incredibly fun experience,” Reggie told The Washington Post. However, he added, there are more services on the way. “We’re talking to a range of companies about other services, companies like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon—things that will come in time. In our view, these are not differentiators.”
Nintendo has also promised that its paid online service—which includes games from the Virtual Console—will be up and running soon, with a free trial to start and the paid version arriving in the fall. The focus, though, will stay on games.
“What differentiates us is the way you play with the Nintendo Switch and what you can play,” Fils-Aimé said. “And that will continue to be our focus into the future as we continue driving this platform.”
Source: Washington Post