According to a new report from Direct Feed Games, Microsoft are looking to bring the Xbox Game Pass subscription service to the Nintendo Switch in an unprecedented partnership. The partnership will involve Microsoft utilising their xCloud game streaming technology to allow Xbox One games to be streamed onto the Switch through an official Xbox app.
The Game Pass service since its inception hasn’t allowed for game streaming to be an option, favouring more traditional downloads, but the xCloud tech could make this a possibility. Game Informer have commented on the report and stated that an announcement is expected later this year.
Nintendo themselves aren’t strangers to allowing streaming on its handheld tablet of wonders, as in Japan, players have been able to stream triple-A titles like Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey and Resident Evil 7 to the Switch, so the idea of streaming big name titles from other consoles to the Switch isn’t outside of the realm of possibility.
The Direct Feed report also goes on to say that Microsoft are looking to bring some of its own games to the Nintendo Switch, with Ori and the Blind Forest mentioned as one that’d make an excellent fit. VG24/7 corroborated this news by saying they’ve heard whispers of Ori and Super Lucky’s Tale coming to the Nintendo Switch. On a personal note, we’re crossing our fingers for Cuphead. In any case, the plan appears to be to allow games that can run on the Switch to be available through the eShop, while leaving bigger titles like Halo and Gears for the streaming service.
With E3 just a few short months away, along with Microsoft’s scheduled appearance at GDC 2019 next month that will reportedly talk about their plans for Xbox Live on mobile and Switch, 2019 sounds like it could be a big year for the big green brand. Just forget about Crackdown 3 for a bit.