When the Nintendo Switch launches worldwide in March, it will do so without the inclusion of any sort of video application.
According to an official spokesperson, Nintendo was so busy making the Switch into the perfect gaming platform that it ran out of time to look over other features such as video capabilities.
“All of our efforts have gone toward making the Nintendo Switch system an amazing dedicated video game platform, so it will not support any video-streaming services at launch,” Nintendo told Kotaku.
The good thing is that Nintendo plans to include support for video-streaming services in the future through a free update. However, there’s no time frame or estimate window to when such an update will arrive for owners. In comparison, the woeful Wii U featured support for Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, Lovefilm, YouTube, and more at launch.
For a hybrid console being marketed for its portability, it’s incredible that Nintendo is launching the console without any video-streaming features. Without its detachable controllers, the Switch is essentially a tablet. What do you do with tablets when not playing games? Yes, you lay back and enjoy your favorite videos or stream through content.
Elsewhere, Nintendo confirmed that it will allow players to create their bobble-head digital avatars. “More facial components and colors for hair and skin have been added, while the following attributes have been removed: creator’s name, favorites, birthday, copying, and public,” the company stated.
The Switch won’t feature support for Nintendo’s social network Miiveerse but you’ll still be able to share Miis through the internet. Developers will also be able to include Miis as avatars in their games, should they wish.