Nintendo Switch finally embraces streaming as Hulu touches down


Hulu is the first US streaming-video service to hit Nintendo Switch, which has sold 2.6 million units in the States in the first nine months of its release. Presumably, other streaming services will get around to releasing apps on Switch sometime in the future. After that, it becomes a subscription service which costs $7.99 per month for the core on-demand service or $39.99 to include the Live TV plan.

Recent reports suggest that the Nintendo Switch is on track to potentially overtake the Wii in terms of sales. Game consoles have had to provide options to watch video ever since the PlayStation 2 integrated a DVD player, and the Switch will inevitably be compared to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in terms of features. Helu's release on the Switch might mean other streaming apps might be released for the Switch. To them, I say, what about the promise of the Switch, where you can undock the device and walk around using it? We can only assume and hope that Netflix will be next on the list.

Nintendo debuted the Switch - a hybrid console that can be connected to a TV or used as a mobile device - in March 2017. It is the first major streaming service to be made available in the US, as the YouTube-like app called Niconico was only exclusive released for Japan users. The only indication that it's coming are the mention of the app in the email to press and a now blank page on Nintendo's website.

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Doom on Switch runs at 720p and a near-perfectly locked 30 frames per second, in both docked and undocked modes, rather than scaling performance up when docked like many Switch games.

The on-demand service as well as the live TV option will be available to Switch owners when Hulu lands later on Thursday.