This time last week, it was suggested by a couple of industry names that Xbox might be working on some kind of partnership with Nintendo, and now the Switch has made another unlikely appearance as part of Game Stack Live 2021.
Xbox boss Phil Spencer conjured up a lot of attention by including Nintendo's console in the background of an appearance during a recent livestream, and yesterday it was featured behind Xbox exec Sarah Bond as part of a speech:
Previously, VentureBeat journalist and industry insider Jeff Grubb suggested that "pretty much everything" that was included on Phil Spencer's shelves a few weeks ago was a sign of things to come, including the Nintendo Switch.
It could just be the Xbox team having a bit of fun with us, but the Switch is taking pride of place alongside the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S in this latest appearance, so it certainly seems like something might be going on.
Do you think this is a tease, or is it just the Xbox team playing around? Give us your thoughts below.
Blinx the Timesweeper appearing in Smash Brothers.
Master Chief in Cooking Mama spinoff.
Microsoft purchasing Nintendo 😉
Maybe a limited GamePass, being not all available games would run on the Nintendo hardware.
@JGRockford could work through Cloud though? Like you currently can play Hitman through Cloud on switch and also Control
Yeah, could be right!
Looking forward to seeing what may come of it as a Japanese presence would help MS.
I'd love to see xCloud on Switch. But I dont see what benefit that gives Nintendo.
A number of games are on GPU and are big sellers on the eshop so why devalue it?
The new Metroid Prime using the id Tech engine.
In return Nintendo EPD is making a new Banjo game for Xbox.
Those shelves have been very carefully arranged to appear within the shot; there's no way they would include a Switch unless they're trying to say something.
I don't know what it is, but I love it. I only play Xbox and Nintendo, so whatever they got coming I'll be excited for.
Its just a console on a shelf. If something was going to happen they would say so by now. Its just all a hoax and they are having fun with it. Maybe some more MS games will come to Switch but other than that I can’t see anything happening. Not that I don’t think it would be a good idea because it would be an incredible thing to happen.
My money is on the Edge browser coming to Switch and supporting xcloud through the browser.
XCloud on the switch would be amazing, but I don't think it will happen.
@JGRockford Nintendo purchasing Microsoft even! 😂
It's simply GamePass, or a knock off version (Nintendo GamePass?). Microsoft wants it on every device possible and Nintendo is going to have a new one this year. What games are on it will depends on the power of the new device and thats it. Because the specs are known, and there's storage, I'm thinking you'll be able to download and play as well.
Browser bases cloud gaming on Switch. Only a matter of time. Although I'd prefer it to be Nintendo games on Game Pass. Imaging Breath of the Wild at 1080p 60fps on Series S 😛
Id say Xcloud coming to Switch is a safe bet, Also Master Cheif coming to Smash seems like a guarantee at this point..
@Bmartin001 I think Master Chief in Fighters Pass 2 is unlikely given we've already gotten a Xbox character (Steve). Maybe if there's a Fighters Pass 3.
Wildest idea, MS purchased Nintendo. Realistically, it's a curated gamepass version via xcloud for the new switch and possibly xbox gets splatoon or hyrule warriors in exchanged, along with chief in smash and maybe joanna dark too.
It's been no secret that Microsoft/Xbox will be doing Nintendo cloud gaming. I heard this last year. This is why you are seeing Nintendo showing up alongside the Xbox. I think you might see an app on the Switch that will give you access to game pass games on the switch. I also heard a rumor a while back that The Xbox Series X/S might be the last Xbox. The money is in games and cloud gaming on any device makes more money than a console. Sega dropped out of the console market after the Dreamcast and is still going strong in the Gaming software business. Nintendo is not selling out to Microsoft just becoming a partner in cloud gaming.
@The_New_Butler Sega said that too but never made a new console. The game pass has over 26.7 million subscribers. over 300 Million That's a lot of cash. Only time will tell. I would like to see them continue on but the hardware business is not a huge moneymaker, It's the games where the money is. Not sure if it's the same as when I was a manager for a large toy store many moons ago. They had to buy 7 games for each console the store bought. Yes, they made the retailers buy games as the consoles are not a huge profit for them.
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