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YouTube officially lands on Nintendo Switch

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The Nintendo Switch is now receiving an official YouTube app.

Adding support for YouTube now puts the number of streaming video services on the switch at three, followed by the NicoNico app for Japan, which came shortly after the switch was released, and the Hulu app, which is almost exactly on the switch was started today a year ago.

For many switch owners, supporting YouTube is a promising sign that the switch will one day become more of a multi-purpose tablet than a mere slot machine. However, if this is done in any meaningful way, the switch will need to add more than one streaming video service per year.

Many of the features of YouTube are available on the switch, including the ability to see 360-degree videos. The implementation of these functions, however, seems a bit unwise. Currently, you can only use the switch's touchscreen to select a video and scrub it backwards and forwards using the timeline below. However, if you want to access YouTube's main interface, you'll need to rely on the system's buttons and joysticks.

You can also use the Switch YouTube app to stream purchased songs from your Movies Anywhere library or videos from a saved playlist. However, even YouTube Premium subscribers do not find it possible to download videos for offline viewing.

But it's still a start. All we need now is Netflix, Amazon Video, and a few others (along with the offline ad), and the switch is truly the perfect gadget to fly by.

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