DISCLAIMER: We have reached out to the source of this rumor for clarification on the following statement, but received no response at the time of original posting. Nonetheless, this is being reported on as a rumor, so as is always the case, take the following statements with a grain of salt.
Just a few days ago, a bombshell of an announcement was dropped on the gaming community: Sony and Microsoft are partnering up. It’s not to joint-develop an all-new gaming platform, but rather, it’s because Sony wants to make use of Microsoft’s advanced Azure cloud technology for gaming purposes. Considering that the two companies have been in fierce competition since the early 2000s, this announcement came out of left field. But, keep in mind Microsoft has been trying to play nice with everyone as of recently—of course, I’m referring to Nintendo.
The (tri) power of the cloud
Nintendo and Microsoft have had a very public partnership for the past few months, and it seems like that partnership may be getting a little deeper. Following the announcement of the aforementioned Azure cloud computing deal with Sony, it seems Microsoft is in talks to perform something similar with Nintendo.
This report comes from industry ‘insider’ David Gibson, who responded to the Microsoft x Sony news on Twitter by hinting that Microsoft is in talks with Nintendo to offer both it and even Sony’s “streaming services on Switch”.
Plus it means more likely for Sony+MSFT to be the streaming winners again despite new entrants. Where does that leave Nintendo? Likely agreement with MSFT and perhaps Sony to offer their streaming services on Switch
— David Gibson (@gibbogame) May 17, 2019
None of the official parties have responded to this just yet, so these details should be taken with a grain of salt for the time being. It would be interesting to see it happen, though. It’s already a little surreal to have Xbox Live on the Switch, so this would just be a continuation of the weirdness.