Nintendo’s Switch console won’t support Netflix or any other media apps at launch.
“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’s statement to VideoGamer.com says. “However, support for video-streaming services is being considered for a future update.”
“The Nintendo Switch system is not backward compatible with games designed for other systems, and is not currently compatible with controllers designed for other systems,” it added, crushing dreams.
“Support for certain controllers may be considered for a future update. We have nothing to announce regarding Virtual Console or other types of digital purchases at this time.”
This is unfortunate news for potential Nintendo Switch owners. Other consoles, including Nintendo’s own Wii U and 3DS, offer support for Netflix and other streaming services.
Looking at it at a different perspective, Nintendo appears to be focusing more on the gaming aspects of the Switch rather than anything else which is reassuring for longtime fans and hardcore gamers.
The Nintendo Switch, which is priced at $300, will be released on March 3.