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This "purity" arguments of keeping gaming devices clean makes no sense. If this was the point TVs would be only to watch broadcast shows and mobile only to make calls

The ideia of a multimedia device is good regardless of what the system was mainly designed to do. I'm sure nobody here think it's a bad thing listen to music in smartphones, why would be a bad thing listen music in your Switch?

In reality it's something I would love, plug my phone on my Switch and run Spotify while I play something, currently I need to plug it on my smartphone or PC and keep both devices active to make it work 



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IcaroRibeiro said:

This "purity" arguments of keeping gaming devices clean makes no sense. If this was the point TVs would be only to watch broadcast shows and mobile only to make calls

The ideia of a multimedia device is good regardless of what the system was mainly designed to do. I'm sure nobody here think it's a bad thing listen to music in smartphones, why would be a bad thing listen music in your Switch?

In reality it's something I would love, plug my phone on my Switch and run Spotify while I play something, currently I need to plug it on my smartphone or PC and keep both devices active to make it work 

I think what's being missed here is that of the 3 main companies in the home video game sphere, 2 of them are multimedia companies, and the other is primarily a video game company.  Sony and Microsoft have a vested interest in trying to dominate your living room in order to sell you on other products.  Nintendo isn't trying to also sell you a TV, PC, phone, DVD/Bluray/digital movie, CD/digital music, etc..  They just want you to play their video games.



1. Laziness
2. They don't want to worry about licensing agreements
3. They want Switch in almost every application to be a gaming device. Xbox and PlayStation are mostly gaming devices, but they have tons of ways to access video and music.



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The same reason consoles dropped browsers the are devices better suited for such apps than a games console. 



Mandalore76 said:
IcaroRibeiro said:

This "purity" arguments of keeping gaming devices clean makes no sense. If this was the point TVs would be only to watch broadcast shows and mobile only to make calls

The ideia of a multimedia device is good regardless of what the system was mainly designed to do. I'm sure nobody here think it's a bad thing listen to music in smartphones, why would be a bad thing listen music in your Switch?

In reality it's something I would love, plug my phone on my Switch and run Spotify while I play something, currently I need to plug it on my smartphone or PC and keep both devices active to make it work 

I think what's being missed here is that of the 3 main companies in the home video game sphere, 2 of them are multimedia companies, and the other is primarily a video game company.  Sony and Microsoft have a vested interest in trying to dominate your living room in order to sell you on other products.  Nintendo isn't trying to also sell you a TV, PC, phone, DVD/Bluray/digital movie, CD/digital music, etc..  They just want you to play their video games.

Ok, but I want my gaming devices to be more useful than just a gaming devices and what about it? 

Will it hurt anybody to have an option to download other apps? Will it make Switch any worse? Is there any reasonable reason to be against it?



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Biggest thing that annoys me tbf, that and the terrible OS compared to Wii U. I like my gaming consoles to have options. Sometimes I cant find my TV remote so will stream netflix on PS5 ( it automatcally turns tv on when powered) stuff like that. Switch is pretty redundant in my house, and I have three of  them, reason being ,Lack of games ( for me) since 2017 really and lack of features.





Switch probably doesn't have that stuff because it ended up being a complete waste of development time for those features on the Wii U.  Anyone remember TVii?  Or that you could control your TV volume and channel with the Gamepad?  Or that the menu used to be extremely slow, probably because of all these additional features?  Nintendo spent multiple updates to help speed up the Wii U menu.  Probably spent a bunch of development time on that.  None of this helped the Wii U sell.  So Nintendo just focused on games and a snappy and quick menu for the Switch.  Seemed to work out fine for Nintendo.



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theRepublic said:

Switch probably doesn't have that stuff because it ended up being a complete waste of development time for those features on the Wii U.  Anyone remember TVii?  Or that you could control your TV volume and channel with the Gamepad?  Or that the menu used to be extremely slow, probably because of all these additional features?  Nintendo spent multiple updates to help speed up the Wii U menu.  Probably spent a bunch of development time on that.  None of this helped the Wii U sell.  So Nintendo just focused on games and a snappy and quick menu for the Switch.  Seemed to work out fine for Nintendo.

I really liked the IR transmitter on pad, i actually used it.  The TVii not as much but it was a cool feature.  That said I agree with your conclusion.  Nice features but not system sellers.