The Nintendo Switch won’t have many multimedia functions at launch, Business Insider reports. According to Nintendo’s Kit Ellis, this is because the Switch is intended to be a “dedicated gaming machine,” and thus won’t have Netflix and other stream services day one.

On the one hand, it’s interesting and reassuring that Nintendo is taking a different, more game-focused approach than Microsoft (and to a lesser extent, Sony), with the company’s mindset of an “all in one” console. On the other hand, if the Switch did provide multimedia services, it would provide a potentially cheaper (if less fancy) alternative to tablets, and offer owners an extra potential activity during their commutes. Even so, it’s nice to see that Nintendo is concentrated on games first and foremost.


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