All of you soon-to-be owners of the Nintendo Switch, take note of this: it won’t come with a web browser at launch. That’s right folks, according to Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima – in an interview with Time – the Switch console will not ship with an Internet browser on 3 March 2017.
The Nintendo president mentioned that “in terms of the Internet browser, since all of our efforts have gone toward making Switch an amazing dedicated video game platform, it will not support it, at least at launch.” Based on this statement, we can at least feel somewhat glad that Nintendo is indeed “very serious” in making the Switch into an all out gaming console – and nothing else. Heck, the console won’t even come with video streaming apps.
That said, consumers will, however, may face difficulties because of the Internet browser omission. The Nintendo Switch, being marketed as a portable console, will, of course, be carried around be consumers a lot. Whilst playing online using one’s home Wi-Fi will be of no hassle, connecting to a public network that requires initial registration using a web browser may prove to be difficult. One place that I can think of right now (where one may face this problem) would be the airport.
Alas, the missing Internet browser on Nintendo’s Switch console shouldn’t really bother folks who intend to primarily play the console solely as a gaming device. However, consumers who do not fall into that category need not worry too much about this issue, Nintendo will most likely introduce an Internet browser to the Switch at some point.