On paper, the Nintendo Switch falls far behind on the technological front compared to the brand-new next-gen systems. But, that doesn’t mean they have all the perks over Nintendo’s hybrid. Turns out that the Big N’s little system actually shares a feature with the behemoth that is PlayStation 5. As it turns out, both consoles lack an Internet browser.
A not so digital future
That’s right, PlayStation 5 owners will not be able to freely surf the web. Anyone who’s a Nintendo Switch owner knows what this lack of digital freedom feels like. This detail was revealed in an official PlayStation 5 FAQ list, which Sony recently published.
Not only does this blurb confirm that a browser is not present, but like Nintendo, the company does not state that it has intentions to ever add one. Considering that the Switch is now closing off its third year of life, it seems likely that if there hasn’t been one added by now, we probably won’t be getting one. Perhaps Sony might be a bit more generous, but PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 both had browsers. Thus, it seems like it was a conscientious decision to not have it present in PlayStation 5. That said, the Wii and Wii U both had browsers, and even the DS and 3DS had one for some reason; as terrible as they all were (except the Wii U), at least they were there.
In this age of smartphones, tablets, laptops, and Alexa devices galore, having a browser on your console really is just a drop in the ocean compared to an actual necessity. So, just as Switch owners have been able to get by just fine without one, PS5 owners will be able to do just fine despite this “cripple” in the ecosystem.
In other next-gen news, Nintendo’s Doug Bowser recently congratulated Microsoft on the launch of the Xbox Series X|S consoles.