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Rumor: Xbox Game Pass and Project xCloud are Coming to Switch

A few weeks ago, we reported on the shocking news that, according to a GDC listing, Microsoft is bringing Xbox Live to Nintendo Switch. More recently, Liam Robertson hinted that Microsoft and Nintendo were partnering on something big in his video on Scalebound rumors. The latest development in this intriguing new partnership comes from Direct Feed Games, and it’s a bombshell!

According to their sources, Microsoft is working to create an Xbox app for Nintendo Switch. This app would eventually support the Netflix-style Xbox Game Pass service as well as Microsoft’s upcoming game streaming service, Project xCloud. In other words, lots of games that were previously Xbox exclusives would suddenly be available to Nintendo Switch players. Project xCloud, in particular, could hypothetically make it possible for Switch to run more graphically intensive games than the Nintendo hardware could normally handle.

You can check out Direct Feed Gaming’s video above for their full breakdown of the rumor, including the claim that Ori and the Blind Forest is coming to Switch.

Update: Game Informer is now saying that according to their sources Game Pass could be announced for Switch this year. 

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Microsoft Announces New Streaming Service Project xCloud

During this year’s E3, Xbox boss Phil Spencer teased that Microsoft was building “a game-streaming network to unlock console-quality gaming on any device.” Today that vision was finally unveiled to the world as Project xCloud. With this upcoming service, you’ll be able to stream games that were previously console exclusives to PCs, phones, and tablets.

Like other, similar services, most of the heavy lifting will be handled by remote hardware so that your device of choice can handle games beyond its solo capabilities. Microsoft believes they can deliver a high-quality experience that doesn’t suffer from latency or quality issues, and they’ve been investing heavily in cloud tech for years to achieve this.

A version of xCloud is already up and running, and Microsoft is testing and improving it all the time. They plan to begin rolling it out via public trials sometime next year, and they hope it will soon be available to gamers all over the world. Xbox execs have stressed that this does not mean the end of console gaming. Instead, it provides console gamers with a way to play outside the living room, while also reaching out to a new audience.

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