Kit Ellis, the senior public relations manager at Nintendo, has revealed that Nintendo Switch multimedia functions won’t be available when the console first launches, meaining that until an undetermined time later in the release calendar that owners will not be able to use the console to watch Netflix or streaming services like them.
Ellis revealed the information in an interview with Business Insider, and explained that the reason behind the Nintendo Switch multimedia functions not being available from the start is because, as they said at the conference, the Switch is a home gaming console, not a multimedia platform like the Playstation 4 or the Xbox One.
This is nothing new for the Nintendo Switch, which has caused a sizable amount of both excitement and disappointment for many gamers, such as the games it will have on launch (the highly anticipated Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, along with ARMS, Splatoon 2, and more) and immediately after its release. However, the console’s poor battery life when not attached to the dock and its somewhat disappointing resolution (1080 when hooked up to the dock and 720 as a handheld) have been sources of disappointment.
While the Nintendo Switch multimedia functions aren’t going to be included with the console from the beginning, and even though the Switch only has five launch titles, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Amie is still confident that the Switch will outperform the Wii U and will be releasing a steady stream of titles in the future, including a lineup of good games throughout 2017.
The Nintendo Switch will be releasing worldwide on March 3, and will be coming out with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the party game 1-2-Switch, Just Dance 2017, Super Bomberman R, and Skylanders: Imaginators. It will be available for three hundred dollars, around the same price level as the Slim versions of the Xbox One and Playstation 4.