Nintendo Switch May Get Basic Online Services Like Netflix Later

Nintendo Switch hardware Console

Gaming continues to become ever more immersive and innovative with new advances like 3D gaming and VR. The industry continues to push the envelope due to ever-evolving customer interests and competition. The advances have been mind-blowing over the past decade turning Pong into a billion-dollar industry.

The latest advances have taken gamers from the living room to the street with the ability to unplug and play on the go. The Nintendo Switch, which debuted this month, is the latest mobile console to hit the market. The device itself is impressive, giving players the ability to reconfigure the controllers in various ways depending on the game at hand, but what is perhaps more impressive is the game and content lineup in Switch’s future.

In a recent interview with The Washington Post, Nintendo’s U.S. COO, Reggie Fils-Aime, said that the company looks forward to the future games it has to offer, and is also eyeing adding streaming services. He said: 

“What I would say is this: 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.”

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The ability to stream video content as well as play innovative games on the device would be incredibly convenient for users. Though some have criticized the new controller design and a few tech glitches, many seem to be happy with the product, and many would prefer to use the device on the go over a tablet or phone.  As for what's coming next in games, Fils-Aime said: 

"For the Nintendo Switch, we were very deliberate in wanting to make sure, from a Nintendo publish standpoint, that we had a steady cadence of great games in addition to strong titles at launch...I'm excited about sports content that’s coming — FIFA, NBA2K from Take Two. What that tells us is that we have a platform that the big third-party developers see a lot of promise in and looking to bring their best content on platform."

The device looks like it is pushing ahead in the industry, despite the tech growing pains, and with a few tweaks, there's no reason the console won't drive the gaming world forward. The Switch is available now and can be purchased for $299.99.

Next: Nintendo Switch Review

Source: The Washington Post

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