YouTube is about to be launched on Nintendo Switch today. It only becomes the second major video app to release on the console since Switch reached the shelves in March 2017. (Hulu paved the way last November). YouTube can be downloaded for free from Nintendo eShop.
The app is exactly what you'd expect, providing access to the endless selection of videos on the platform. And YouTube also points out that the Switch version fully supports 360 videos. You can control YouTube with the left joystick and the main Switch buttons. And the touchscreen partially It works in handheld mode, which will make searching for videos and tapping into them much easier. I say partially because you can not scroll up and down to browse the app, which is unlucky. Hulu still lacks touchscreen support.
Strangely enough, the right JoyCon joystick can not be used to move around the app; it works only for 360-degree panoramas. YouTube tells me that it will continue to evaluate the best ways to use Nintendo's hardware.
Switch owners can sign in to YouTube with their Google Account to get subscriptions, tips, and personal video collections. You also have the ability to stream your library of Movies Anywhere; those titles appear under purchases on YouTube – not that the Switch display is ideal for watching extended movies in portable mode. But it's a big advantage to have when the console is docked.
With Hulu and now YouTube accounted for, the obvious question is … where is Netflix? Amazon Prime Video? In general, the list of non-gaming content on Switch is incredibly subtle. You have the two free video apps, the $ 48 "music production" Korg app (plus a fun toy and a creation tool), and that's it. We hope that the arrival of a second great player increases the likelihood that other companies will bring their popular services to Switch.