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YouTube arrives on Nintendo Switch today

YouTube is launching on the Nintendo Switch today. It becomes just the second major video app to be released on the console since the Switch hit shelves in March 2017. ( Hulu led the way last November.) YouTube can be downloaded for free from the Nintendo eShop. The app is exactly what youd expect, offering access to the platforms endless selection of videos. And YouTube also points out that the Switch version fully supports 360 videos. You can control YouTube with the Switch's left joystick and main buttons. And the touchscreen partially works in handheld mode, which will make searching for videos and tapping into them a lot easier. I say partially because you cant swipe up and down to navigate around the app, which is unfortunate. Hulu still lacks touchscreen support altogether. Oddly, the right JoyCon joystick cannot be used to navigate around the app; it only works for panning around 360-degree videos. YouTube tells me it will continue to evaluate the best ways of using Nintendo's hardware. Switch owners can sign into YouTube with their Google account to get their subscriptions, recommendations, and personal video library. You also have the option to stream your Movies Anywhere library; those titles show up under purchases on YouTube — not that the Switchs display is ideal for extended movie viewing in portable mode. But its a great bonus to have when the console is docked. With Hulu and now YouTube accounted for, the obvious question is... wheres Netflix? Amazon Prime Video? Generally, the list of non-game content on Switch is incredibly thin. Youve got the two free video apps, Korgs $48 music production app (more of a fun toy than creation tool), and thats about it. Hopefully the arrival of a second big player will ramp up the likelihood of other companies bringing their popular services to Switch.

YouTube is available for the Nintendo Switch

You can even play 360-degree videos. After some not-so-subtle hints, it finally happened: YouTube is available for the Switch. As you'd expect, you can watch videos (including your subscriptions) on Nintendo's console whether it's docked to your TV or on the move in handheld mode. You'll have to use the Joy-Cons for most tasks (touchscreen support is limited, The Verge notes), but there is an upside to that physical control : you can use the right Joy-Con's analog stick to control 360-degree videos. You won't have to spin around just to catch every angle of an immersive clip. The Switch isn't an ideal YouTube machine with its 6.2-inch 720p screen and 1080p output on TVs. And without staples like Netflix, you can't quite call the Switch a streaming media device -- Hulu is the only other real option in the US. Even so, this is a big step toward diversifying content on the Switch. We'd add that it's particularly helpful for younger kids, many of whom might not have a phone or tablet to watch their favorite channels.