MICROSOFT MIGHT NOT BE PLANNING to bring Xbox Game Pass to the Nintendo Switch after all.
Last month, rumours claimed that Redmond was gearing up to release an Xbox Live app for Nintendo's Switch, enabling gamers to access Xbox Game Pass and the firm's now-not-so-secret Project xCloud service. This would, presumably, allow owners of Ninty's console e to play the games from the Halo, Gears of War and Forza franchises.
It now looks like that might not be the case. Brad Sams, the executive editor of Petri and Thurrott, says he's heard from "multiple sources" that Game Pass won't be coming to the Switch.
In a video posted to YouTube (below), Sams claims: "There has been a lot of talk about Game Pass on the Switch. I'm hearing from multiple sources that that's not happening.
"Let me qualify, that's definitely not happening in the near term. I can't ever say 'never' because Microsoft wants Game Pass on TVs, they want it on PCs, they want it on Xbox, they want it everywhere with their XCloud stuff, but as of right now I am hearing from multiple people that it is not coming to the Switch.
"Obviously, things could change and all that good stuff, but yeah, so don't expect Game Pass on the Switch anytime soon. At least, that's what I'm hearing."
That's not to say Microsoft isn't planning to cosy up to rival Nintendo, though; a GDC teaser from Microsoft all-but-confirmed that it will soon allow developers to integrate Xbox Live features, such cross-platform achievements, social systems and multiplayer, into games made for the Switch.
Another report claims that Microsoft could also go as far as to publish some of its "exclusive" titles on Switch in the future, starting with Ori and the Will of the Wisps. µ
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