One of the pinnacles of product demand when it comes to this new generation is convenience and multi-functionality. With video game consoles typically about interactive entertainment, consoles have often provided streaming features via Hulu, Amazon, and Netflix. Unfortunately for Nintendo Switch users, this won’t be the case.
A Nintendo Switch rep told Kotaku that the device is a dedicated game platform. While there was no service during launch, video-streaming services are “being considered” for future updates.
In addition, USB hard drive support is currently under consideration. Per Nintendo Life, “External USB hard drives are not supported at launch,” but confirmed that future support is being discussed.
In the same manner, along with no streaming, the console is also unable to do internet browsing, music streaming, movie or media play. Given that the Switch is a portable device that resembles tablets, additional services would have been convenient for users.
Here’s Why Streaming Is Unavailable
This hybrid has the potential to be a multi-media device. Business Insider reveals that over Reddit, there’s been a push among early users to urge Netflix to be on the platform.
In response to the demand, a Netflix representative told BI, “We don’t have anything to share on this.” Likewise, Hulu has suggested that these “questions are best directed at them [Nintendo].”
At this point, a direct response to a request for comment sent March 7 hasn’t been provided. However, in a January Switch event, Nintendo PR manager Kit Ellis said the new hardware is “a gaming device first.”
Based on this logic, the single element game service appears to be a deliberate design that Nintendo is keen on. Below is Ellis’ full quote:
“At launch we are really trying to be clear that this is a gaming device first, so you’re actually not gonna see a lot of that at launch. It doesn’t mean that it’s not going to come later on, but it likely won’t be there at launch.”
At this point, streaming and other services have become a norm. Nintendo Wii and Wii U both featured Netflix and Hulu, among others. Similarly, Microsoft and Sony consoles also feature Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and much more. This is in addition to their respective paid stores. The term “being considered” isn’t a confirmation but with a strong demand, Nintendo may provide access eventually.
— Destomics (@Destomics12) March 7, 2017