Despite the lack of a browser on the Nintendo Switch, there is a way to access Facebook or Twitter if you’re looking to do some basic social media browsing. But it’s not perfect.
Users can access both Facebook and Twitter through a specific workaround after setting up their profile accounts, by going into the User Settings and scrolling to the option that allows the user to post to social media, and linking your Facebook or Twitter account. Facebook is a little easier to navigate, so we used it for our tests, which you can see in the series of screenshots below.
After clicking “Link” on the Facebook option, a page opens asking you to log in. At this point, you have two options. If you just want to browse different pages, you can click on any of the links at the bottom of the screen and browse from there. It is phenomenally difficult to do so, and the touch screen capabilities, without a cursor to help out, aren’t the best for casual scrolling.
Where the Switch and Facebook shines, however, is watching videos. We navigated to our website’s Facebook page and pulled up a video to see how the Switch would handle it. It prompts with a preview option, loading other videos you may be interested in at the bottom, and after clicking the screen again, the video starts playing.
We tried a number of tests while in Facebook to see if we could find another workaround to access other sites — specifically Netflix. Although we could get to Netflix’s page and browse and watch videos the company uploaded there, we couldn’t actually get to Netflix.com via the link on the left side of its profile page. When we tried, we got an error message. Nintendo has clearly disabled browsing on the web outside of Facebook’s confines.
Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima told TIME that the company was putting all of its efforts into making the Switch a dedicated games console.
“And in terms of the Internet browser, since all of our efforts have gone toward making Switch an amazing dedicated video game platform, it will not support it, at least at launch,” Kimishima said.
Nintendo also confirmed that streaming apps, like Netflix and YouTube, would be unavailable at launch. If you’re planning on using a Nintendo console for streaming, it might not be time to unplug the Wii U or toss aside your 3DS just yet.
The Nintendo Switch is available worldwide today. If you’re still on the fence about whether or not to pick up the system, be sure to check out our review.