Enlarge / Eventually, maybe there will be more to do on the Switch besides playing games like Breath of the Wild.
While the Nintendo Switch has seen generally positive reception from critics and the marketplace so far, many have noticed that the tablet-like system doesn’t do much besides play games. Web browsing, social media, video streaming, music, and other apps that are practically required for any Internet-connected device these days are nowhere to be found on the Switch as of yet.
Nintendo doesn’t want that situation to last long, though.
In a recent interview with The Washington Post, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime says that, while gaming will always be the focus, the company is looking into non-gaming features for the Switch down the line:
“We built the Nintendo Switch to be a world-class gaming device, meaning we want you first and foremost to play games on the system and have an incredibly fun experience.
We’re talking to a range of companies about other services, companies like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon — things that will come in time.
In our view, these are not differentiators. What differentiates us is the way you play with the Nintendo Switch and what you can play.
And that will continue to be our focus into the future as we continue driving this platform.
The fact that non-gaming Switch apps are in the works, but not ready for launch, could be seen as another sign that the Switch was rushed to market just in time for the end of Nintendo’s fiscal year this month.
After all, the system was first shown to the public just over four months ago, and first playable by the press less than two months ago.
Add in an extremely small launch library and widespread reports of apparent hardware issues, and you get the impression that a longer development process may come in handy in many ways.
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