Recent rumors seem to suggest that Microsoft and Nintendo may be planning to bring Xbox Game Pass to Nintendo Switch in 2019.
Over the past year, it has become clear that Microsoft and Nintendo are getting very close. Several titles feature cross-play between the two platforms and some games from Microsoft owned studios like Minecraft and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice are still finding life on Nintendo’s hybrid console. That being said, recent rumors are suggesting that we could see Microsoft’s Netflix-like game subscription service Xbox Game Pass come to Nintendo Switch as soon as sometime this year.
Discussion about Microsoft and Nintendo’s relationship has been rampant over the past week, with some people widly claiming that Scalebound could be revived for the system (though industry insider Liam Robertson does not think this is the case). Today, Direct-Feed Games posted a new video on YouTube suggesting that Microsoft is planning on expanding Xbox Game Pass to several new platforms via the cloud, one of which is the Nintendo Switch.
All of this will supposedly be powered by Project xCloud, the upcoming game streaming service Microsoft is developing. By streaming games, players may be able to experience some games like Gears 5 that would normally be way to powerful to run on the Switch’s lackluster hardware. Game streaming isn’t a foreign concept to the Switch either, as both Resident Evil 7: Biohazard and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey have become available for the system in Japan thanks to game streaming via the cloud.
While Direct-Feed Games’ claim should still be taken with a grain of salt, they do have a decent track record when it comes to rumors and this claim has seemingly be corroborated by GameInformer. GI’s Imran Khan reported on the aforementioned video and stated in his article that “In talking with our own sources, it has been suggested that the announcement of Game Pass on Switch could come as soon as this year.”
Of course, this could all end up not being true, but Direct-Feed Games and GameInformer’s claims seem to suggest otherwise. If this is true, you can be sure that DualShockers will let you know as soon as Microsoft or Nintendo announces that Xbox Game Pass is coming to Nintendo Switch.