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YouTube arrives on the Nintendo Switch


Nintendo has sold over 22 million Switch consoles since launch, with plans to sell another 20 million this fiscal year. That said, Nintendo hasnt seemed too focused on building out its portfolio of non-gaming apps. Thus far, only Hulu has managed to get aboard the Switch train. But today, YouTube joins the mix. Switch owners can download the YouTube app here. Also of note: the YouTube app on Nintendo Switch supports 360-degree video. Given Nintendos portfolio of Switch-compatible games, including Zelda, Super Mario Odyssey, Pokémon, and Fortnite, YouTubes integration with the console makes sense. Both the Switch and YouTube skew toward younger demographics. Part of the reason that its taken so long for streaming apps to make their way to the Switch is because of Nintendos focus on growing its gaming library for the console. Weve said that other services will come in due time, said Reggie Fils-Aimé, Nintendos chief operations officer, in an interview from last month. For us, we want to make sure that we continue driving the install base for Nintendo Switch, continue to have great games for the platform.

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.