Nintendo: support for streaming services on Switch is 'being considered for a future update'

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Nintendo's Switch portable console won't support video-streaming services at launch, but the company is keeping the door open for a later update.

"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," a Nintendo representative told IGN. "However, support for video-streaming services is being considered for a future update."

Switch's lack of support for streaming services at launch mirrors that of the Wii U. When Nintendo's soon-to-be-defunct console launched in the fall of 2012, the company planned to support Hulu Plus, Netflix, and similar platforms, but delayed them for several months.

Nintendo recently provided concrete details on Switch, including a March 3 release date and MSRP of $299.99. The system will launch in two SKUs, both priced the same and packing the same hardware. No game will be included in either bundle, a decision Nintendo made in order to keep the price at just under $300.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will launch for Wii U and Switch on March 3, day and date with Nintendo's new console.

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David L. Craddock writes fiction, nonfiction, and grocery lists. He is the author of the Stay Awhile and Listen series, and the Gairden Chronicles series of fantasy novels for young adults. Outside of writing, he enjoys playing Mario, Zelda, and Dark Souls games, and will be happy to discuss at length the myriad reasons why Dark Souls 2 is the best in the series. Follow him online at davidlcraddock.com and @davidlcraddock.

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      January 20, 2017 3:52 PM

      Yikes.

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        January 20, 2017 3:55 PM

        Honestly, I don't see this as a big deal.

        A) Streaming services will come to the system eventually.
        B) Nearly every other device on the planet with wireless capabilities can stream Netflix and et al. While it'd be nice to watch Always Sunny on my Switch, I've got an iPad, iPhone, PS3, PS4, Wii U, 3DS, teapot, Nike sneakers, and four pairs of socks with the same functionality.
        C) I'm buying a Switch to play games. Everything else is secondary.

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        January 20, 2017 7:48 PM

        The PS4 was missing a lot of media features on launch. Wasn't a deal breaker then, not a deal breaker for the Switch either.

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      January 20, 2017 5:03 PM

      They pushed this thing out in record time. Of course the non-essentials were gonna get cut.

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      January 20, 2017 5:56 PM

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      January 22, 2017 6:59 PM

      you would think things like netflix, hulu and amazon would be no brainers. ready to go at launch.

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