Earlier this month, rumors began to circulate online that Nintendo’s upcoming video game console, the Nintendo Switch, will not have a Netflix application. This rumor came after a Netflix representative alerted one consumer online that there was no support for the upcoming console currently. Today Nintendo has confirmed the rumor to be true.
Kotaku was able to receive a few statements from Nintendo regarding their upcoming console and one of those questions was directed to streaming services. When asked if the Nintendo Switch will support streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and HBO Go, Nintendo confirmed that there is currently nothing being supported.
Nintendo stated that the reason behind no streaming support upon launch was due to allowing the development team behind the console to create an amazing dedicated video game platform. Although, they are not writing off support for streaming services in the future.
“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. However, support for video-streaming services is being considered for a future update.”
This doesn’t seem like much of a deal breaker for gamers online. Chances are there are a few devices that will allow gamers to stream their favorite service such as Netflix. Likewise, with the Nintendo Wii U and Nintendo 3DS both offering Netflix support, it’s highly likely that Nintendo and Netflix will be launching some type of app in the near future.
Gamers can pick up the Nintendo Switch on March 3, 2017, for a retail price of $299.99.