One of the biggest criticisms early on with the Nintendo Switch was also admittedly one of the console’s greatest strengths: it just plays games. For some, this laser focus on being a gaming platform was a breath of fresh air; it does exactly what it says it will, and it does so exceedingly well. For others, the omission of some relatively simple things, like a browser or other entertainment apps, was seen as a drawback. Either way, Nintendo said streaming apps would eventually show up for the platform, and now the first Western one has shown up with Hulu, a North American service - the Japanese store got a NicoNico app earlier in the year.
It adapts the updated UI of the mobile Hulu app (as opposed to the outdated look of the website version), with plenty of frosted glass and a broad spectrum of colours that cycle as you move through menus. Shows are laid out according to what you’ve been watching or are in the process of watching, and recommendations are made based on the things you’ve shown interest in. If you want to search for something specific, a tap of the X button will take you straight to the search tab. All in all it’s clean, it’s quick, and it’s easy to navigate, all making for a great first impression.
Switching between the TV screen and the Switch is a simple and painless process, adding greatly to the versatility of the app. Whether you’re dropping it in or out of the dock, the video will continue with no notable hiccups unless you pause it. So, if you’re in the middle of watching a show and want some snacks from the kitchen (and simply can’t be bothered to pause the show for two seconds), you can take it with you for that long walk, prop it up on the kickstand as you assemble that massive plate of nachos, and resume watching on the TV in a seamless go. Shows look great on either screen although it is generally more preferable to watch on a TV, not just because there’s more real estate, but the text in menus is a little smaller than comfortable on the Switch screen. Not enough to be much of a hindrance, but enough that it doesn’t feel quite like it’s the right size.
Aside from that, one (minor) gripe is the complete lack of touchscreen functionality with the interface. You can only navigate using the buttons and sticks as of now, and it feels like a bit of a lazy move. Sure, the UI doesn’t have the chunky design that’s finger-friendly, but it feels rather strange tapping on a show icon and having no response as a result. Hopefully this will be rectified in a future update; it’s not a big problem by any stretch, but it would add a welcome extra bit of convenience to navigation. Maybe the company was rushing a bit to be the first streaming service on the platform.
All told, this is a perfectly functional and satisfying way to watch your favourite shows on Hulu (newcomers can have a free trial, but it's a paid service). Being able to switch between the portable screen and the TV is a nice touch, and the ease of use in either configuration is welcome. Though the portable mode suffers from tiny font sizes and a lack of touchscreen use, this is a great first pass at the app and it bodes well for the future of streaming services on the platform.
I don’t think i’ll use my Switch very often for streaming. I have several Apple TVs & iPads in my house for that sort of thing. Also, with the Switch’s battery life, I doubt i’ll waste precious power on watching videos instead of gaming when away from home. I am glad they added the option because more choice is always a good thing and I’m sure it will be nice to have in a pinch.
@Supadav03 I felt the same about it. But its working out for me now on this small TV I set up next to my desktop computer. I have my Switch dock hooked up to it now.
Where is the section for trailers? I used it often enough that I noticed it's not there. Usually accessible under the movies category. Other than that the app feels and looks better and is more responsive. I like it.
Can you also download shows to watch off line?
"One of the biggest criticisms early on with the Nintendo Switch was also admittedly one of the console’s greatest strengths: it just plays games."
I don't see how the Switch just playing games could be seen as a "strength". Having extra functionality is not a weakness.
I don't have a Hulu account and mostly hope this is a sign that Netflix and YouTube will be coming soon.
You can use the same Netflix account in the US and Japan(the service simply only provides you the library for that country), does anyone know if Hulu works the same way?
@KIRO I don't think you can with Hulu. Only with Netflix that I'm aware of.
@SLIGEACH_EIRE I suppose it a personal preference thing. I'm same as you, but I suppose I could imagine someone making some silly argument about the purity of it as a sole gaming machine being tainted by having an app for streaming show and movies, just on principle. But that would be rather silly.
Goldeneye... I'll be waiting for a new version of this game till my very last breath. I'll be back, Bunker 2 !
For me, it really depends on how fast it all is. I like the idea of using the Switch to watch Netflix on the big screen simply because the OS is, at the moment, pretty quick and smooth. Also, it's less noisy than my old PS3, which can't be a bad thing. However, as others have said, downloading stuff to watch on the go seems redundant if I also have an iPad with a far superior battery life. I'd rather use those precious few hours of power for gaming.
You guys managed to launch it from UK? A group of Russian fans on VK reported running into a wall despite using an American account and suspected an IP check akin to Nintendo Anime Channel's.
I wonder what deal was cut between the big N and Hulu. Only a fraction of the streaming subscriber base has Hulu and I'm sure they wanted it out first to entice more people to their service.
@SLIGEACH_EIRE I was absolutely fine with not having any streaming apps on my Switch. But about two months ago I phased out my older Samsung tablet and just use my S8+, and I was in bed playing Hyrule Warriors and I wanted to watch Netflix for a bit and I thought "man! It would be pretty rad if I could just close out of this game and in 10 seconds be watching TV instead of having to reach for another device." More options (as long as they don't divert resources from games to the OS) are almost always better.
@KIRO No. To be fair, I don't think you can do that on any device with Hulu. They've talked about it though.
@SLIGEACH_EIRE Except being a jack of all trades is not only less than ideal in this field (every additional function is something to share the resources with - one of the big reasons why PCs don't count as dedicated gaming devices even if you build a 16k 120 fps rig), but l progressively redundant in the age of smartphones and iPads. Why is taking all these extra services and browsers with you a must if you have it all on another device you'll likely NEVER leave home without as long as you can help it?
And all the reasoning heard so far has answered why - solely because Sony and Microsoft did it. Extra features are no weakness, but "keeping up with the Joneses" is equally no strength when it's the sole reason.
If/when Nintendo allows them, it's their biz - after all, I assume all these hulus and netflixes pay their own presence fees, too. But I have yet to see any legitimate point about the necessity of such features which many folks seem to advocate. If a video game console isn't considered a proper video game console without Netflix on board, it's us customers who should be advised to stop and ponder our priorities for a second.
(Before anyone brings up "phone without a browser" analogy, the aforementioned smartphones are a different case since they have effectively succeeded pocket PCs of the early 2000s. You could see where it was going when Qtek and other palmtops had models with GSM inside)
Lack of Nextflix is a big turn off on the Switch for me at present, although to be fair the price is the main turn off. I would still buy one regardless if the price is right. Whilst there are other options for watching Netflix, my LG TV and Apple TV are not as nice to use as the Wii U, so that's how I watch most of my Netflix at present.
I also don't see how the Switch having less functionality (i.e. just gaming) can be seen as positive? As long as non gaming apps don't interfere with the gaming experience, how can less options and functionality ever be a good thing? I would agree if having them made the gaming experience worse, but it wouldn't.
I've said it before and I'll say it again. The Switch doesn't need these apps and I'll never use them on it because I have every other device to stream from. My Switch is for gaming.
I really need Youtube on Switch.
I can choose what i want to watch easily.
Where the heck is Netflix?
Hulu isn't available in Canada, so its launch means nothing to me. Even if it was, I don't need steaming apps on my Switch. That's what I have a phone and Chromecast for. I prefer my Switch to be dedicated to just gaming.
Just because one user doesn’t need or want those apps doesn’t mean it’s not imortant to have. I have one HDMI hooked permanantly to my Switch. The other one switches between my PS3, WiiU, cable box, and SNES Classic, depending on which was last used. I primarily use Netflix on my WiiU, but it takes time to plug everything in, including the gamepad, and get it booted up. Compared to the Switch, it’s slow.
Everyone arguing that it’s not needed makes the argument that everyone has a phone or tablet. That may be fine if you only watch Netflix in portable mode. But for a brand new system to take up HDMI real estate on my TV, not having the most basic streaming services that all other next gen consoles have, makes zero sense. Many people sell their last gen consoles to make room for the new ones. Where does that leave them for using Netflix on TV? Their computer, if they have one. It’s like Nintendo is begging people to go out and buy a PS4.
It’s nice to have Hulu on Switch. I never used the Wii U version because the OS was unbearably slow, but the Switch version is leagues more convenient, especially since you don’t need to wield the clunky GamePad to navigate and it boots up instantaneously. Looking forward to Netflix and others on the device. It’s nice to jump from a game to a movie or TV show with just a couple button presses.
I don't need a browser on it. And I hope Nintendo doesn't add one. They're usually memory hogs.
It is such a revelation to be able to watch Seinfeld on my tv, go take a poop, and continue watching Seinfeld while doing so
I don't want or need any of these apps but as long as adding them remains optional I don't see a problem. Options are good.
@KIRO not with Hulu. They've said they're working to add that functionality, but right now it's not there
@Tibob I think the GoldenEye reference is because Hulu has a bunch of James Bond movies on it
It's nice to have options.
It's way easier using a tablet or mirroring phone. Roku player, google chromecast. Amazon fire tv. Android box. Or nearly everything
What I want is a calculator so I can calculate my tax return or a clock so I can read the long and short hands. Weather app so I don't need to see outside my window.
Or just buy a phone which really covers all of this and more.
Do we want our switch to be a mobile tablet phone
More options are preferable, so long as they’re all good quality. Nintendo’s goal was always “make a high quality video game system” first and foremost. Streaming apps are nice to have, but non-essential. Ditto for, say, menu themes and eshop music.
Regardless of the system’s capabilities, Nintendo as a company has finite resources. I personally am happy that they’ve spent 8 months prioritising getting high quality games out the door, and courting the indie community for the eshop, before turning attention to additional but non-essential features. But with mission 1 now accomplished, let’s get cracking on that To Do List.
Miyamoto only has 1 pair of hands.
Personally i would have preferred youtube or twitch even then i probably would use my tablet more than the switch due to the wifi on the switch not being great
@SLIGEACH_EIRE I don't think anyone thinks it's an advantage to not have streaming apps and a browser for Switch owners. Choice is rarely a bad thing.
A pure focus on gaming is great for marketing though. It makes it clear to consumers and the market at large that Nintendo's priorities lie with the 'core consumers'.
Microsoft did the opposite with XBox One - focusing on why it would be a good media consumption device - and it was a disaster for them. It allowed Sony to seal the narrative that PS4 would be the best place for 3rd party games.
In Nintendo's case not having media apps allows them to avoid direct comparisons with the iPad etc. Because let's face it Switch apps will always be lagging behind the quality of iOS apps (they'll never be the focus of devs).
So there'd be lots of negative articles with the subtext 'Switch isn't the best at streaming or browsing'. A line that would be shortened by many readers to 'Switch isn't the best'.
@GC-161 feel the same way. Like the options for streaming apps but I don’t care if they ever add a browser.
@SLIGEACH_EIRE Nobody said that having extra functions is a weakness. That's your interpretation and a wrong one.
Such a mean tagline xD
im hoping for plex and amazon video
There are some basic functuonalities all consoles should have. Netflix, YouTube, Hulu and Amazon Prime are all included.
Aside from that, stuff really doesn't have much of a place on a console, especially one that's trying to be lean.
I'm starting to find the joy of playing my Switch handheld while watching something on telly (And have Netflix and SKY and iplayer through my PS4). If I'm watching a streaming serice through the Switch, I can't play games on it at the same time.
The only thing I miss on the Switch from the wii u is being able to jump out of a game and quickly check the Internet or Youtube for a hint or guide. But it'seems not that necessary these days with an iPad right next to me.
I’m glad Hulu is now on Switch. No touch screen function which is strange, but still works nicely. Now for Netflix and maybe WWE Network.
@SLIGEACH_EIRE Honestly, I think most of them were just trying to convince themselves that it was a good thing so that they wouldn't feel bad about the possibility that the Switch wouldn't get apps.
I can understand the argument that the Switch doesn't really need them because basically every other device already has them, but to argue that not getting them would have been a plus is the most absurd thing ever.
@Supadav03 The argument some often use for having a browser on a gaming system, usually goes like this: "What if I need to look up for help on Gamefaqs while playing a game?"
Well, again... why put your system through the hassle of booting up a memory hogging browser when you can always pull up your phone and look things up?
Anywhoo I already have Netflix and Hulu on my phone. Don't really see myself using the Switch for that. But I guess some see the Switch as their source of entertainment and having those things on it seems fair to them.
Oh my, how quickly we forget that Nintendo themselves offered up stuff like Mario themed clocks, Warioware kitchen timers, and music metronomes on the DS. Not to mention streaming apps like Netflix, World News Channel, and Weather Channel apps for Wii.
Don't be silly guys, the more apps and services on Switch, the better for the system and it's user base as a whole.
@Ogre those were the days.
@gaga64 "Miyamoto only has 1 pair of hands."
Is this what people honestly think is happening? Like Shiggy is personally busy coding and programming the Netflix app support for them?
And all the while, he's actively ignoring his own game development?!
I can see it now: "Well, now that I'm done with Mario Odyssey, I can get to work on that Hulu app everyone wants!"
Comparing a Netflix app to the loads of shovelware on the DS, or any other device is an exaggerated argument. These discussions don’t involve many people complaing that the Switch doesn’t have a Mario themed kitchen timer. It usually is just “Hey, where the heck is Netflix?” And that is a perfectly reasonable question. This is a brand new, next gen game console, and the only one of it’s generation that doesn’t have basic apps for video streaming services. And many people seem to forget that these things actually plug into the TV. It’s not just about what phone or tablet you have access to. So unless we hold on to our older gaming consoles, many Switch owners who upgraded from WiiU may actually be tempted to go out and buy PS4 when they go on sale on black friday. Does Nintendo really want people to buy competing game systems, just because they’re indifferent about adding Netflix? At least announce when. I don’t have or care about hulu.
@invictus4000 Well, good news for you - it's not a required download and it can easily be ignored. For others, it is a welcome addition.
@SLIGEACH_EIRE With the amount of devices people have that already play Hulu and various other apps it is a bit redundant to have yet another device that does the same thing. For me the biggest miss from the Switch is the virtual console i would rather have that than media apps especially ones that are only available in the USA there's a bigger fanbase outside of that country this doesn't help people like me in Canada or others in Europe and so on.
@Flipbot Nobody is gonna go out and get a PS4 just for media apps you're talking complete nonsense
@canucksfan989 They might if they got rid of their WiiU when they got their Switch. They shouldn’t have to use Netflix on a last gen console, anyway, after they got the new one. PS4 is going to be $200 brand new. I may be happy enough with Switch games for now, and it’s true I wouldn’t buy a PS4 just for netflix. But if I have to keep booting up my old WiiU just for Netflix, which I use often, it might be enough to excuse a purchase that I might be more reluctant to make. Because, hey, PS4 plays great games, too. And I’d rather spend slightly more on a gaming system than a device that only does streaming apps. All of these devices take up space and force you switch your hdmi around. I don’t want to do that. I just want to turn on my game system, and either play games, or watch netflix.
@Flipbot You're assuming they only had a Wii U for Netflix. Sure there may be a small group of people in this situation but it's 2017 almost 2018 a lot of people have many devices to play Netflix or any other media app. Like i said before i would rather Nintendo focus on games such as the virtual console and instead the first app is a region locked streaming app. I'm sure it will get other apps eventually like Netflix but again i would rather have the virtual console from the Wii U transferred over game for game to the Switch.
Well, I want VC too. Doesn’t have to be “either or”. It just seems strange to me that something as ubiquitous as Netflix can’t be used on one of the newest gaming consoles. I, along with many other people only use Netflix on a gaming console, because it’s pointless to have it on anything else if you’re a gamer. So I keep older consoles, that I’ve mostly lost interest in, plugged into my TV just for video streaming. Maybe many Nintendo owners already own all the latest consoles, but I think there might be a good number that don’t. I know that netflix will probably come to Switch in the future. But I think alot of people, including Nintendo, have some misguided perception about what allowing streaming apps onto Switch might mean for the status of the system.
I'd really like to know if you have to quit your current game to start the app or if it can run simultaneously like eShop, Wii U's browser or the Netflix app on PS4...
@KirbyTheVampire Or some of us genuinely believe its not a priority. In my household right now (between my wife and I), there are two Kindle Fires, a Wii U, an Xbox 360, a 3DS, an iPad, a Roku, a Fire Stick, two iPhones (a third when my wife is on duty) and a host of other unused devices that can perform these functions. Having one that doesn't is not that big of a deal. Especially, as @nhSnork pointed out, you probably don't leave home without one of the other devices.
Now, I will say it hurts no one in the end to have more options. But it wasn't and wouldn't have been a big loss to not have them
@Flipbot I don't understand why it would be pointless to have Netflix on another device outside of a console if you are a gamer.
@UmbreonsPapa Like I said, I understand the argument that they're not a big deal. It's the people who were saying it was a good thing that the Switch might not get apps that I disagree with.
NES, SNES , N64, GAMECUBE, WII, PS1, PS2 ,MEGADRIVE, MASTERSYSEM were bad? - they JUST play games.
Consoles are for playing games not browsing the web , watching movies, listening to the music.. PCs are for that.
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@UmbreonsPapa What I mean is, most game cosoles that plug into the TV, apart from Switch already have all of these services. I don’t mean portable devices like tablets or phones. I mean a dedicated streaming player that plugs into the TV that doesn’t do anything else. Maybe some people have them along with other gaming consoles. But with the number of consoles I have that do both gaming and streaming, it never occured to me to buy one. But as I’ve already stated, those consoles are getting older now, and don’t take up as much of my attention for gaming. It would be nice if the game system that I use and keep plugged in at all times, can also be used for netflix. I’m not going to buy a Roku box just for streaming, when I’d rather use a gaming system for games too. I don’t want dedicated steaming devices hogging an HDMI port, when there are gaming systems I’d rather keep plugged in.
I haven't tested it out personally but I will soon, most likely I'll be using it in docked mode just for when I want something on in the background. I have a feeling that the other streaming services are just around the corner. WWE network is one I'm hoping to see.
That’s funny you mention that, because the NES was marketed as “Nintendo Entertainment System”, in order to market it something separate from a video game console after the video game crash of the early 80s. I’m not saying any of those dedicated consoles were bad by any means, but if Nintendo had Netflix to put on their NES back then, they probably would have. So would the others, if they were smart. But, you know, Netflix wasn’t around back then.
@Flipbot Imagine everything on Netflix in 8 bit.
@NTELLIGENTMAN That actually sounds kind of cool. I would watch them.
No need for this. Switch is great because of its games. My 4 year old TV plays Netflix , Amazon and Hulu by itself so it's really a waste in that sense... Keep focusing on Games Nintendo and kick a*s.
And no , adding stuff is not always better if it wastes time and resources if Nintendo and especially if it makes the system restart slower etc. It's the fastest console now.
Ever heard of Plex? Wireless streaming to your tv from your HDD....
Streaming on a game console has zero relevance to me.
Why not just get a tv made in, what... the last 6 years or so that has these apps built in...
My 55'' tv is old by todays standards and has netflix on it..
@Ogre “Oh my, how quickly we forget that Nintendo themselves offered up stuff like Mario themed clocks, Warioware kitchen timers, and music metronomes on the DS. Not to mention streaming apps like Netflix, World News Channel, and Weather Channel apps for Wii.”
What most people tend to forget is that almost none of those were up and running on day 1. Even the ones that were there (such as the Wii U’s TVii) weren’t necessarily fully functional worldwide. They were rolled out gradually - 1) to make sure they worked well, and 2) so half of them weren’t lost in the flood of options.
I don't really use apps aside from listening to music on YouTube, but even I would say that not having apps at launch looks a little arrogant. Not the end of the world since smartphones are a thing, but certainly bad optics.
I don’t care about streaming apps and my opinion is the right one because... it is. On an aside surely the other streaming services will be scrambling to get on the console now so as not to lose ground to Hulu. Oh and I’ve got a 70” Gold embossed TV. I feel it’s important that people know this.
Goldeneye!? Wait, what... Oh. Way to troll.
@Supadav03 I’m pretty much the same as you. I think it’s cool that the option is there, and I hope the Switch gets all the various streaming services, but for me personally I don’t ever really use any of my consoles to stream media. With that said, I know there are a lot of people who do, so for them, this is a good move and I’m sure the other services aren’t far behind.
@gaga64 That's a very good point!
However, it also begs the question: why can't Nintendo get this stuff going right out of the gate? As you say, the Wii, DSi, 3DS, and WiiU all had this same exact issue. Now here we are with the Switch in the same position, barely starting to get the most basic of apps/services like 8+months in. And still no sign of VC anywhere in sight.
This also reminded me how much I miss the universal TV remote ability inside the WiiU GamePad.
I love the app. It's what I wanted it to be.
@Ogre I think one reason is by rolling stuff out one by one, they can make a bigger deal out of each feature, instead of losing them in the shuffle. “Hey, look at us! We’ve got Hulu now!” But yeah, it does leave them looking a little slow / backwards by comparison.
It was understandable with the Wii, as that was their first attempt at most of this, and no-one gets it spot on first time. But by now it should be simple - which suggests it’s a very deliberate move, presumably for marketing reasons of some kind.
And yeah, I miss the universal remote feature too. Became second nature to pick up the gamepad and use it to switch between sources while the machine booted up without having to reach for another remote.
What about eu what do we get?
One of the biggest criticisms early on with the Nintendo Switch was also admittedly one of the console’s greatest strengths: it just plays games.
Love the spin! Why...I was just saying to my wife the other day that I like the Xbox One but that it has Netflix and other streaming apps hurts it's ability to play games. LOL
Great! Now let's hope YouTube and Crunchyroll will follow! Those are my most used apps with the Wii U and I'd love to see them here as well!
I just want a video player for playing my own videos on the sd card. Tegra X1 supports hardware HEVC 10 bit video and VP9, it is better than most computer for decoding new video formats.
The advantage of Switch is the 4K video support and HEVC 10 bit. Older iPad, Apple TV, PC, etc can't decode this new format. Not even PS4 Pro can decode HEVC. Switch being portable and has the TV connection ability is perfect for Video streaming apps.
I've grown to appreciate the "smart" features in my TV, so I'm going to give streaming apps on the Switch a hard pass. This will surely be good for some people, though.
I can see Netflix coming (why its not already here?) but i got serious doubts about youtube. Google can't be arsed to make it without something in return. Microsoft was begging her for years to make a youtube app for windows phone/mobile and google not only declined but was extremely hostile blocking every youtube unofficial app.
Same reason I don’t buy brand new cars with massive car payments. Not everyone can afford to upgrade an otherwise perfectly good HD TV every couple of years just for some built in streaming features. Pretty sure a game system is cheaper than upgrading my TV. And why should I have to upgrade something as expensive as a TV for netflix, when the new gaming system I already bought should have had it to begin with?
My internet doesn’t work well enough on the switch to make it worthwhile
Sorry, my battery is for games and games only!
@nhSnork Is one of the reasons keeping me from buying a Switch for my daughter. I finally took the DVD player from her room, as Netflix has all the movies and programs she likes, but still have a cable box (which is gonna be out of there in 2-3 months) and a Wii U, where she can game, watch Youtube (over my watchful eye) and Netflix.
And it doesn't costs Nintendo much: the capability was there and Netflix said on record that they had everything readied for lunch, just needed a call from Nintendo.
Maybe we could get a phone book app and email app and some calculator apps and of course gotta have a few calendar apps for scheduling on the go... Some people will say you got other devices for that stuff but no sir... We should fill the store with useless crap I have on 400 other devices the same as streaming services and really degrade it as another tablet piece of junk cause that's what we all want. Oh crap... don't forget the social media apps and most importantly... Some alarm clock apps cause I want to use it as an alarm clock too!
(sarcasm all the way in case you didn't guess)
@Supadav03 im in the same boat as you where i have other more capable devices but what i found is this makes it easier when your off and cleaning the hours or something i have two docks, so if im cleaning in the front i can take the switch keep watching my shows and dock in living room, or if im cleaning the kitchen it goes into tablet mode and so on, not only that i found it great for connecting to my phone uses less data then my phone does when using the hulu app on it.
I wonder if part of the reason Switch didn't get apps in the beginning was to make sure people would take to it as a gaming console. With all the apps, it might be considered just another tablet by some. Redefinition was essential following the Wii U.
There may also have been some worry that apps would hog resources and there was worry about processing power in the beginning too. People had to be convinced that games run well (or well enough).
Though not exactly positives, I can kind of see the logic behind such reasoning.
Also, wonder how on board streaming services were in the beginning. It's different now that Switch is established more.
"Want to play GoldenEye on your Switch?"
See, @Ryu_Niiyama? This is how you troll.
So beautiful. So perfect. One day maybe, somehow.
What about us in the UK? NETFLIX!!! I still use my Wii for Netflix FFS!
Why not? Games on the go, then watch some netflix to take a break. I have power bars for external battery options. I would ditch my ipad on my trips :0
@flapjack-ashley Couldn't have said it better myself.
Every TV and blu-ray player made in the last 5 years has all the streaming apps built into them so people crying that the Switch doesn't have streaming apps need to wake up. A second hand blu-ray player costs about the same as an indie game on eshop and, incidentally, them blu-rays drop a soft one on streaming quality and your blu-ray library doesn't suddenly remove films forever unless you have a thief in the house..
Lolz. I'm so jealous of your 70 inches of screen. I just needed you to know this. I have 36 inches of screen with no smart functions apart from a remote controller. I demand your pity !
As someone without a smart tv nor a casting device, I didn't realize how much the Wii U was used for streaming until I moved on to the Switch. The Wii U has retired to my folks home like my other old consoles and I'm left with hooking up my PC to watch things which isn't as convenient when I need to do something on it and want something playing in the background.
@nhSnork Lol. Only the most obtuse Nintendo fans are still hating on multimedia functionality.
You breed are like the Sony fans who HATED rumble after Sony had to drop it initially from the PS3. vibration feedback is so last gen...Hmm Yeah, whatever - get your head out of your favourite corporations ass. Why were on demand services not on Switch? Well because Nintendo didn't bother to make the ground work required, the probably thought the Switch wouldn't do as well as it has.
@Sakura The reason is simple - Nintendo didn't bother.
I'm nearly sure Nintendo said as much.
@premko1 most of those also didn't have online functionality - I guess we should go back to that too? I don't care if the switch gets these apps, because I have other devices, but it would definitely be convenient. Especially when traveling, or if it is a child's system - there is no scenario in which have extra options would be a bad thing.
And some people saying we all should go out and buy brand new smart tv’s as a solution to switch’s lack of streaming. Ridiculous. I already have a Switch, which should already have netflix, and for me a perfectly good tv. Even if I had an extra couple thousand to throw away right now, it wouldn’t be on a tv. Same with any number of new blueray devices or streaming players. I have blueray players, and I don’t want or need a new one. I don’t want want my tv cluttered with more new devices. I just want the new game console that I use the most, to have Netflix. It’s so weird to me that just because other people don’t want or need one simple and easy to add feature, there so much distain for people who do.
So you're advising people buy a phone or tablet instead of the Switch?
I think Youtube will come eventually. I would expect it especially when Nintendo makes us pay for online.
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