No, there is no publicly available internet browser available to use on the Nintendo Switch just yet (we get the feeling a lot of these online based systems will be landing when they launch their online service later this year), but we now essentially know who is going to be providing the browser and their framework is already in place on the system to run current online functionality. Access recently announced that NetFront Browser NX is being used on the Switch.
What does this mean for you? Well, nothing today, however if you enjoyed the web browsing experience specifically on the Wii U, chances are the Switch experience is going to be extremely similar. Here’s the official press release:
Tokyo, Japan, 3 Mar 2017 − ACCESS CO., LTD a global provider of advanced software technologies to the mobile, automotive, Internet of Things (IoT) and digital TV markets, today announced that its NetFront Browser NX has been selected by Nintendo for the new Nintendo Switch™ game console. The Nintendo Switch launches in Japan, the United States, Canada, major European countries, Australia, Hong Kong and other countries on March 3, 2017.
NetFront Browser NX is a WebKit-based browser component that features ultra-low levels of memory usage, enabled by ACCESS’ unique technology that improves memory usage efficiency and ensures powerful rendering on a variety of devices and operating systems. The browser supports the latest Web technologies, including HTML5, CSS3, Gamepad API, WebP, WebSocket, HTTP Cache. In addition, using proprietary expansion spatial navigation technology, it enables smooth movement controlled by the arrow keys, maximises the usability of directional keypads on game controllers and more. NetFront Browser NX is deployed in a wide variety of devices including Nintendo game consoles, TVs, and in-vehicle infotainment systems (IVI) that are shipped globally.
The NetFront Browser series developed and provided by ACCESS is used in models of Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL, Wii U, Nintendo 2DS, New Nintendo 3DS, and New Nintendo 3DS XL released since 2011. The Nintendo Switch is the seventh model to use the ACCESS NetFront Browser series.
The key features of NetFront Browser NX include:
Unique technology that ensures both efficient memory usage and system stability
World leading enhanced HTML5 support
Flexible customization of the user interface
Supported operating systems: Linux (Qt/Embedded, GTK+, etc.) and others
Compatibility: Game consoles, TVs, set-top-boxes, IVI, smartphones, tablets, multifunction printers and others