The Nintendo Switch is a fantastic device sporting both the power of a console and portability of a handheld. With this hybrid device you would think that streaming and media apps, like Netflix, would fit right at home. However, unlike all of the consoles of the previous generation, the Nintendo Switch launched without any Media Apps. Dozer and Cyarkos sit down to try and answer the overarching question of “Why?”
Link to the Washington Post Article
Washington Post Interview
Why does the Switch not have Netflix (yet)?
The switch is a great console (which neither of our hosts have) but it feels a bit lacking when it comes to media and streaming apps.
The switch is a gaming console, but the switch is only a gaming console. It doesn’t have the utility that the other previous consoles have in that they also function as entertainment machines. Because, for some reason, the switch not only does not have a roper browser, but it does not have any Media Apps such as Netflix, Hulu, or Crunchyroll; which just seems really odd. Especially considering that back in November 18th, of 2012 when the Wii U was released it had Netflix and Hulu at launch. it’s admittedly bare bones as far as media entertainment, but it still had them at launch.
Even the Xbox One and the PS4 both included Netflix, Hulu, and other media programs on their launch dates:
PS4 (Nov 15, 2013)
- Launched with:
- Redbox instant Video
- NHL Game Center
Xbox One (Nov 22, 2013)
- Launched with:
- Fox entertainment
- FiOS TV
- NFL (exclusive)
At launch, these consoles had something other to do than just play games. And it is nice to see another console (the switch) be just a gaming console and not be a cable box like the PS4 and Xbox One. But at the same time it’s really weird seeing Nintendo do this considering that the Nintendo Wii was the first console to Netflix on it through the Netflix Disc. So it’s weird to see the company that spear-headed the thought of having streaming services on gaming consoles not have those services on their new console.
Like Reggie explained [in an interview] where he was talking about the switch:
“What I would say is this: 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.
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. What differentiates us is the way you play with the Nintendo Switch and what you can play. And that will continue to be our focus into the future as we continue driving this platform.”
So the main thing to pull from that quote is that their primary focus with the Switch currently is that they want it to be a gaming console. Which makes sense. You could even argue that the Wii U in the last generation of consoles was the only one that was purely a gaming device. You can even look at the Xbox One which pitched itself as an all-in-one entertainment platform. And the PS4 was less of that, but it slowly evolved into being an all-in-one device—which is nice to say the least. Especially coming off the fact that the PS3 was, for the longest time, just bought to be a Blu-Ray player, a very expensive Blu-Ray player, but it was a decent Blu-Ray player that served a double function.
Overall, it just strikes us as odd that the Switch has been out for about 2 months and these apps still are not on it. I don’t understand why it’s taken so long. I don’t feel like it’s something were companies are like “No, we need to make sure that everything is going to work just fine before we put it on your system.” And even now there still isn’t a proper browser on the switch, so we can’t use things like YouTube either. The lack of browser is especially weird when considering that the Wii U had one of the best console browsers of the last generation.
And with the portability of the Switch having a browser or Netflix or something to that extent would be really nice. Because then it’s basically a Tablet-Console. Even their marketing emphasized the fact that you can take it everywhere, you can take it on a plane or something like that. There was even the shot of the guy who kicked the stand up and played Skyrim on it. What if you don’t want to play Skyrim? What if you want to watch Orange is the New Black instead? The console has a kickstand to keep itself it. It’s primed to be this system that can do so much, but for some reason Nintendo isn’t going through with it.
Ultimately, all of this is just speculation and questioning because we can’t accept the existence of a flawless console. There must be something wrong! For this is Technical Disaster, where if something can go wrong. It will go wrong.
You can recommend Games or Netflix shows for our hosts to watch in the comments below. And we will cover our opinions or experiences with them in the comments below. Also Dozer and Cyarkos each recommended a game for our listeners.
Dozer recommended Reccetear: An Item Shop’s Tale
Cyarkos recommended Dragon Quest IX