Published: Sat, February 23, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Xbox Games Pass is reportedly coming to Switch

Xbox Games Pass is reportedly coming to Switch

According to a report from Direct Feed Games (and later backed up by sources speaking to Game Informer), Microsoft is looking to announce its Xbox Game Pass Switch plans as early as this year.

It's an interesting way to close the platform gap and, in a roundabout sort of way, provides a way for Xbox-minded game developers to get their creations in the hands of Switch owners without taking on the process of porting and releasing the games on a new platform.

As you mentioned in your article, I would have been beaten senseless if I'd suggested to the Sega fanboys in the playground back in 1992, that Sonic would make guest appearances in Nintendo games. NVIDIA's been running remote game streaming on Android devices for half a decade.

There have been other signs Microsoft is interested in opening up its walled console garden. It's a great fit for Nintendo in particular because the Switch can't handle a lot of these games natively. That comes years after Microsoft opened up cross-platform gameplay for Xbox One titles and introduced a "Play Anywhere" initative linking PC and Xbox One purchases and game progress.

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Nintendo and Microsoft have an existing partnership, thanks to Minecraft's cross-platform play. But apparently, that's not the only surprise both Nintendo and Xbox are cooking up.

Project xCloud, the cloud-based game streaming service Microsoft showed off at E3 2018, could be coming to the Switch, too.

It seems odd that Nintendo would openly allow a rival platform to sit on its flagship console, even for a share in subscription fees, but both the channel and games site seem convinced.

Letting previously exclusive games and services outside the Xbox hardware ecosystem probably wouldn't help the consumer appeal of Microsoft's own console offerings. But getting Xbox-branded games and services onto other platforms would let the company bring in revenue from a much bigger pool of potential players-even if Microsoft's share of that revenue would be smaller than that directly from Xbox hardware.

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