Microsoft Xbox Game Pass unlikely to come to Nintendo Switch anytime soon

Microsoft has had an interesting relationship with Nintendo since the Switch launched. Multiple Microsoft-published titles have appeared on Switch over the last few years, especially ones that fit the platform well. This, along with comments from head of Xbox Phil Spencer, led some to believe services like Xbox Game Pass and xCloud may appear on Switch someday. However, that now looks unlikely as Phil Spencer said to German gaming outlet Game Star in an interview, “The other competitive platforms aren’t really that interested in having a full Xbox experience on their hardware.”

The sentiment of bringing services like Xbox Game Pass to as many platforms as possible remains, but it seems like other platform holders aren’t playing ball. Phil Spencer had this to say about Microsoft’s philosophy around bringing Xbox to other platforms:

In places where we have, like mobile phones like we’re doing now with xCloud coming to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate…what we’ve done with PC in bringing our full Xbox experience there. Because we know when somebody is playing one of our Xbox games there is an expectation that, I’ve got my Xbox Live community, I have my achievements, Game Pass is an option for me, my first-party library is completely there. … for us, we want to be where gamers want to be and that’s the path that we’re on.

So, it’s unclear who isn’t willing to compromise on this one, but either way it seems we won’t be seeing Game Pass on Nintendo Switch (or certainly PlayStation 5) anytime soon. Hopefully, Microsoft continues to bring select titles to the platform though, as the likes of Cuphead and Ori and the Blind Forest fit perfectly on Nintendo Switch.

What other Xbox games would you want to play on Switch?


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