YouTube Finally Launches on Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch has been a little short on entertainment apps since its March 2017 launch. While the only streaming giant to crack Nintendo’s latest console so far has been Hulu, Google is finally getting into the fun with an official YouTube app that is available to download right now.

The YouTube app is a free download for Nintendo Switch, and using it does not require a Nintendo Switch Online subscription. Users will still need to be connected to the internet to stream videos through the app, like with any other device. According to reports on video game forum ResetEra, the app is roughly 90MB.

The release of YouTube on Switch confirms rumors Newsweek reported earlier this week. The rumors suggested YouTube would release on Nov. 8, and here we are. Unfortunately, no other leaks were included, so we can’t mine this source for other Nintendo-related news.

The Switch YouTube app allows those with Google accounts to sign in and manage subscriptions, recommendations and everything else you’d expect from a YouTube app. YouTube can be viewed on a TV while the Switch is docked or in handheld mode. The Switch is capable of streaming 360-degree videos as well, so give it a try if you’re interested.

The release of YouTube for Switch raises questions whether Netflix and Amazon Prime Video will make their way to the console. The Nintendo Switch went more than six months without a single streaming app. Hulu was added almost exactly one year ago (Nov. 9, 2017), which might mean Hulu had a deal with Nintendo for an exclusive window without competition. If this is the case, and we’re already seeing a YouTube app released, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Netflix on Nintendo’s console/handheld hybrid by the end of the year.

So what do you think? Are you excited to start watching YouTube videos on your Switch? What other streaming services would you like to see on the Switch? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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