There's no doubt that Xbox Game Pass has become extremely successful. With new games being added every week, big first-party releases arriving in the programme on day one, and Microsoft looking into the possibility of bringing the service to Windows PC too, it seems like it's an important part of their gaming strategy for the future, which makes the following rumour a bit more credible. Direct-Feed Games, an outlet with a somewhat successful track record on Nintendo rumours, has stated that Microsoft is looking into bringing the service to Nintendo Switch.
Microsoft is apparently looking to develop an app for the Switch that would allow players access to the Xbox Game Pass library through streaming. This would be done by using their Project xCloud service that allows players to stream games to other devices such as iOS, Android, and Switch, of course. This would allow games to be played on Switch that the device wouldn't necessarily be able to handle natively, like the Halo, Gears of War, or Forza franchises.
The source also stated Microsoft is looking to publish some of their exclusive titles on Switch in the future, although this would mean they're no longer exclusive. The franchise specifically mentioned was Ori, although he didn't make it clear whether that was the existing Ori and the Blind Forest or the upcoming Ori and the Will of the Wisps, or even both. Bearing in mind Microsoft has published titles like Minecraft on other platforms since acquiring Mojang, this one isn't too far-fetched.
With a Project xCloud announcement due at the Game Developers Conference in March, it is believed any announcement on this will come sooner rather than later. We'll be sure to let you know if we hear more.
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