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ID: 107575

URL: https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2018/11/the-media-starved-nintendo-switch-just-got-a-youtube-shot-in-the-arm/

Date: 2018-11-08

The media-starved Nintendo Switch just got a YouTube shot in the arm

Joins Hulu and... uh... that's it for Switch video-streaming. Following a wave of rumors, Nintendo confirmed on Thursday that its Nintendo Switch console has added an official YouTube app to its meager selection of media-viewing options. Google's app is now available as a free download on a variety of territories' eShops (including North America and Japan, which we've tested thus far), and its interface largely resembles dedicated YouTube apps on smart TVs and set-top boxes. The primary difference is that the Switch's on-screen keyboard obscures any auto-complete results you might expect while searching for topics. You can attach your YouTube credentials to retrieve viewing histories, check subscription feeds, and receive automatic video recommendations. The app, in our limited testing, held up to visual scrutiny in terms of delivering a clear image and a 60fps refresh when replaying high-detail content like "let's play" videos of modern video games. Proving this via direct screenshots is a bit tricky, however, as the YouTube app forbids use of the Switch's built-in "share" button. Unlike other portable, powerful game systems over the past decade, the Nintendo Switch has a seemingly intentional lack of access to media-watching options. Though the system includes micro-SD support, Switch consoles cannot play back your personal media files, and the Switch eShop only offers one other official video-streaming app: Hulu. Additionally, Switch consoles lack official access to a Web browser for the sake of media watching; a rudimentary browser can be accessed when accessing router log-in interfaces, but guiding this to video sites, which requires jumping through obnoxious hoops, usually leads to error messages.



ID: 107610

URL: https://www.engadget.com/2018/11/08/youtube-available-for-switch/

Date: 2018-11-08

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.



ID: 107737

URL: https://www.theverge.com/2018/11/8/18064958/youtube-app-nintendo-switch-now-available-features

Date: 2018-11-08

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.



ID: 107782

URL: https://techcrunch.com/2018/11/08/youtube-arrives-on-the-nintendo-switch/

Date: 2018-11-08

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.