Since Nintendo and Microsoft are on good terms, many believe that it is a matter of time for Xbox Game Pass or other Microsoft services to arrive on Nintendo Switch, but is it really possible? Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, talked about it.
In a talk with Giant Bomb at E3 2019, Phil Spencer stressed that he would like to take Game Pass “everywhere”. As you can guess, those words include the Nintendo Switch. That said, it seems that it will not happen soon since they are focused on bringing xCloud to Android products.
“I have said, over time, I’d like to take Game Pass everywhere… We’re focused on the streaming side, at least, on Android, just because in some ways it’s the hardest for us because it’s so diverse in terms of the number of devices,” he said.
Later, Phil Spencer was satisfied with his relationship with Nintendo and stressed that he loves his role in the industry. In addition, he flirted with the idea of offering streaming games on this console. Could it be that his idea is to try to offer Game Pass on several platforms through xCloud?
“I love the role that Nintendo plays in the industry; I love the fact that Minecraft Dungeons was announced there and we have really good relationships with them; [there’s] obviously Banjo in Smash. But that platform is different enough from an Xbox platform that it’s not trivial for us just to say ‘Ok, all those games would run there’. So then you’re like, ‘Ok, are we going to stream the games to there?’ I love what Switch is, but the opportunity globally to focus on an Android platform is just such a natural first move for us. And frankly, [it] will take us quite a while to work through that, so that’s the focus for us right now,” Spencer declared.
Finally, Spencer stated himself a fan of the experience offered by Switch, but reiterated that we will have to wait to see the Xbox services on this console: “But I want to have the best console experience because of what it gives you; I want to be sitting on the couch with an amazing experience; it sounds great, I have access to any game that I want to play, and if I want to take that while I’m on the go, I think the Switch is a really cool platform for that; it’s just that in the near-term, it’s kind of hard for us to prioritize differently than we are today.”
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