Nintendo Switch Won't Have a Web Browser at Launch

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Nintendo Switch Won't Have a Web Browser at Launch

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Nintendo's Tatsumi Kimishima has confirmed that the system will not have a web browser, at least at launch.

We can add one more thing to the list of stuff the Nintendo Switch won't support at launch: web browsing. In an interview with Time Magazine, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima has confirmed that at least for the time being, there will be no web browsing capabilities for the Switch.

"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," said Kimishima. This is almost the exact same thing Nintendo said when we found out the Switch wouldn't support video streaming services. However, one could argue that a web browser is much more integral to the gaming experience: the Switch is billed as a system that can be taken and played anywhere, but without a web browser there is no way to access public wi-fi networks that require a sign-in from a browser.

The Wii U's browser, for example, was specifically designed in a way that allowed gamers to access it without closing the game you were playing. This neat little feature allowed you to do cool stuff like upload screenshots to imgur.

Source: Time Magazine

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Nintendo breathes a sigh of relief that people won't play an HTML5 knockoff of some of its first party titles like Snipperclips.

Because of course it wont. Why would I want to use a browser in a mobile device, why would I want to sign in to wifi spots, why would I want to tab over and check a forum or guide or browse the escapist.

Lord knows no one watches video or surfs the internet on their phone or tablet....

Everything about this system makes it seem half baked.

You know all that basic fuctionality we've had since 360 and early smart phone era, why would I even expect any of that in my 300 dollar new console.

sneakypenguin:
You know all that basic fuctionality we've had since 360 and early smart phone era, why would I even expect any of that in my 300 dollar new console.

Hell, the damn 3DS has a built-in browser! I switch between my game and the internet on it like at least once every 15-20 min while playing to look up different stuff.

The Switch is rapidly becoming (if it wasn't already) the platform that nobody wants. It is taking the worst features of a console and combining it with the worst features of a handheld.

I don't really care because I don't buy a games console to browse the internet when I've got a PC for that, but Nintendo shouldn't be neglecting to include features in the Switch that the Wii and Wii U had. That really is never a good idea.

And Nintendo continues to show how little they care about catching up.

Nintendo: Our Nintendo brand streaming app will only be available through the Switch companion app on your smart phone. Our Nintendo brand web browser will only be available through the Switch companion app on your smart phone. The Nintendo store will only be available through the Switch companion app on your smart phone.

Why are people paying $470AU for this thing again?

Hooray!

More Corner-Cutting!

you people are the problem with the gaming community calling out high end graphics and a internet browser.
my i remind you its a VIDEO GAME console.you play games on it. if you want to browse the web go on your computer use your phone.
sorry you cant netflix and chill with your nintendo console any more. if you wanna watch Netflix i dont know use your laptop.

its a gaming console not an entertainment system if you want these features so bad there is the roku,apple tv and google chromcast its because of gamers like this why we got the horrendous xbox one

all i hear are skeptics, but i never hear the good things about the switch. no one mentions a year sub scription is going to be 17 dollars.

As much as I'm looking forward to the system it's becoming clear that March 3rd is basically a "soft launch", they want the hardware in peoples hands so they can spread word of mouth advertising in time for a major marketing push during the holiday season

I'm curious - of all the people complaining about there being no browser on the Switch how many of you actually use the browser on other current gen consoles (or older consoles like the PS3 and 360)? I'm guessing pretty much nobody does because it's always a crappy way to browse compared to a PC, phone, or tablet.

I mean there's been a lot of announcements already that have tanked any interest I have in the Switch but this one just seems like a total non-issue to me.

Battenberg:
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people (rightfully so) expect a 300$ console coming out in 2017 to be better than a console who at launch was 250$. they expect it to be better at everything except maybe games and battery life. so if it isnt, then whats the point?

008Zulu:
The Nintendo store will only be available through the Switch companion app on your smart phone.

Are you serious?

To those complaining about complainers who complain about there being no browser:

My phone is pretty bad, my PC is supposed to be off while I'm outside or on a console, and I did use the browser on my consoles pretty regularly. Also, I hate the small screen on any smartphone.

And as if the browser would use so many resources in the first place. And having a browser doesn't mean that the console is required to also serve me food. Stop that hyperbolic crap.

goofsg:
its a gaming console not an entertainment system if you want these features so bad there is the roku,apple tv and google chromcast its because of gamers like this why we got the horrendous xbox one

all i hear are skeptics, but i never hear the good things about the switch. no one mentions a year sub scription is going to be 17 dollars.

It is not going to be 17 dollars and you naive to even believe that.

Ecks:

goofsg:
its a gaming console not an entertainment system if you want these features so bad there is the roku,apple tv and google chromcast its because of gamers like this why we got the horrendous xbox one

all i hear are skeptics, but i never hear the good things about the switch. no one mentions a year sub scription is going to be 17 dollars.

It is not going to be 17 dollars and you naive to even believe that.

The estimate was 17 to 30 dollars that's still better than paying 60. For a year

On the one hand... How many people actually needed that browser at launch? Cause I don't know many people that prefer to browse the internet on their video gaming consoles compared to any other method.
On the other hand... It's 2017 Nintendo, get your shit together. Cmon

Naldan:

008Zulu:
The Nintendo store will only be available through the Switch companion app on your smart phone.

Are you serious?

Mostly not. But the cynic in me thinks that since the console can't run it's flagship title at 1080 @60fps, I'm starting to think that the console is capable of running very little, so more and more functionality will be offloaded to the companion app.

goofsg:
you people are the problem with the gaming community calling out high end graphics and a internet browser.
my i remind you its a VIDEO GAME console.you play games on it. if you want to browse the web go on your computer use your phone.
sorry you cant netflix and chill with your nintendo console any more. if you wanna watch Netflix i dont know use your laptop.

I think you have missed the problem. As a portable console, being able to sign into public wifi is a big deal. And some of these need passwords/email address entered through a browser. That is a massive oversight.

The more I hear, the less I want a switch.

Alright well...Ok, I guess this is technically a shitty point, but...

I used my Wii U alot for looking up stuff while playing Xbox One and PS4 games...cause I could use the gamepad without having to change which HDMI port my screen was on...

Or I had youtube playing Game Grumps while I was gaming.

Good. About time we stop treating consoles as shitty pcs. It will never win. It's about as bad an idea as the Switch being harangued for not having a Skype telephony app. I'm honestly surprised why people have a problem with this ... wasn't this a big problem with XB1? That it tried to become a multimedia device and intentionally tried to stop being a decent game console that locked all your game discs and practically spied on you at night.

What console, mobile or otherwise, has ever had a decent web-browsing utility anyway? And who'd use a web browser on a console that already practically requires a mobile phone lying next to it to function? I'm as frustrated by the way the Switch offloads most of its online functionality to a separate mobile app as the next guy but the decision to get rid of a web browser sort of makes sense, all things considered.

Come on guys don't be mad! Remember the cow milking and shaving mini-games it will have!

Addendum_Forthcoming:
I'm honestly surprised why people have a problem with this ... wasn't this a big problem with XB1?

The companion tech on the Xbone put all that multimedia front and centre, ahead of the games. But it still offered functionality for both.

Saelune:
Alright well...Ok, I guess this is technically a shitty point, but...

I used my Wii U alot for looking up stuff while playing Xbox One and PS4 games...cause I could use the gamepad without having to change which HDMI port my screen was on...

Or I had youtube playing Game Grumps while I was gaming.

you could put your laptop or tablet next to you and and do the same its not nintendo priority to make sure you can binge watch while playing games

goofsg:

Saelune:
Alright well...Ok, I guess this is technically a shitty point, but...

I used my Wii U alot for looking up stuff while playing Xbox One and PS4 games...cause I could use the gamepad without having to change which HDMI port my screen was on...

Or I had youtube playing Game Grumps while I was gaming.

you could put your laptop or tablet next to you and and do the same its not nintendo priority to make sure you can binge watch while playing games

Well, the Wii U Gamepad actually sits on my knee pretty well. My laptop doesnt. And my laptop is not as indestructible as Nintendo-made stuff is.

As I pointed out, this is not the best argument for it, but still. I found the Wii U to be very great and useful in ways perhaps not considered. And I prefer not having to have more consoles to have continued to be hooked up. But it seems my Wii U will be staying active even after I get a Switch.

Fulbert:
What console, mobile or otherwise, has ever had a decent web-browsing utility anyway? And who'd use a web browser on a console that already practically requires a mobile phone lying next to it to function? I'm as frustrated by the way the Switch offloads most of its online functionality to a separate mobile app as the next guy but the decision to get rid of a web browser sort of makes sense, all things considered.

thats what i was saying. at e3 that year when the xb1 was announced it was all multimedia. browsing facebook and going on skype; watching your favorite shows and sports. nothing else was shown that year, plus the console design didn't help.people got pissed about it but now i see people complaining about multi media on the switch .a demand for multi media the xb1 is a product of the current gaming community. people only care about high end graphics,and apparently browsing Facebook and binge watching Netflix.

you shouldnt even be binge watching and browsing the web while playing. at that point shut off you your console and go on your computer.sorry to the people angry about it,but nintendo consoles isnt a apple tv.

Nintendo, why don't you just release the console/handheld until you have all the features ready? You want to charge $300 for something that doesn't have a browser? Really?

Well the full product and not a half baked bread and full price making promises that the other half of the bread that may not be stale and mouldy bread

do PS4 and Xbone have a web browser?
do people really care about this given how many devices we have available to browse the internet already?
can Switch just use a Web Bowser instead of a lame ass browser?

Parasondox:
Nintendo, why don't you just release the console/handheld until you have all the features ready? You want to charge $300 for something that doesn't have a browser? Really?

Well the full product and not a half baked bread and full price making promises that the other half of the bread that may not be stale and mouldy bread

its a console focused on games. trivial stuff like this isn't something to hate the console for. gamers cant make up their minds. first its xb1 sucks,then ists wheres my muh multi media.

Next weeks article: Switch Won't Have Components at Launch.

008Zulu:

Naldan:

008Zulu:
The Nintendo store will only be available through the Switch companion app on your smart phone.

Are you serious?

Mostly not. But the cynic in me thinks that since the console can't run it's flagship title at 1080 @60fps, I'm starting to think that the console is capable of running very little, so more and more functionality will be offloaded to the companion app.

I mean, even the PS4 and Xbox One can't run titles at 1080p 60fps...

Gibbagobba:
And Nintendo continues to show how little they care about catching up.

WHy should they. The fanfolks have taught them that so long as the announce a new poikemon game for it, peop;le will buy it faster than crack.

You want to play Pokemon Nebula and Galaxy, guess what , you're gonna buy this.
You wanna play a new mario game. You buying this.
Maybe if you buy this, we'll make a new metroid game. WHo knows

I stopped taking them seriously when I found out you needed to use a cellphone, for match-making.

GZGoten:
do PS4 and Xbone have a web browser?
do people really care about this given how many devices we have available to browse the internet already?
can Switch just use a Web Bowser instead of a lame ass browser?

i was gonna say how its stupid to take out your phone and put it in your pocket in a public place if you are using the switch and need a guide or something, then i remembered how matchmaking and chat in online games is done by your phone. so thats par for the course.

(still fucking stupid)

Jacked Assassin:
Nintendo breathes a sigh of relief that people won't play an HTML5 knockoff of some of its first party titles like Snipperclips.

That would be rather hilarious if someone found a way to get NESticle on their Switch. :^)

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