Have you ever watched that movie were the nerd and the cheerleader always liked each other but was kept apart because of the cheerleader's fear of losing her popularity? Only for that nerd to grow up to be rich, handsome and now desirable to the former cheerleader? Well, grab some popcorn as it appears we are seeing the gaming version being played right before our very eyes as reputed industry sleuths DIRECT-FEED GAMES broke the news yesterday that both Microsoft and Nintendo are working together on something huge. According to their sources, Microsoft is working on creating an app for the Switch that will allow Nintendo gamers access to their Netflix-like game streaming service Xbox Game Pass.
Xbox game pass boasts an impressive library of both old and new games from the Xbox catalogue and with just a monthly subscription fee all of them will become available to gamers on the Switch if this rumour proves to be true. Even the massive, heavy graphical intensive first party titles such as Halo and Gears of War 5 will be able to run through the power of Microsoft's new streaming tech, Project xCloud.
Revealed at last year's E3, the Project xCloud promised the ability to stream Xbox One games for playing on phones & Tablets.
But wait! There is more! As the rumour also stated that some of Xbox's less graphically intensive exclusive games like Cuphead and Ori & the Blind Forest will come to the Switch via direct ports. All of this is hard to believe especially for the fanboys but DIRECT-FEED GAMES do have a very good track record in the industry so much so that many of the major gaming outlets are already cited there report as concrete proof this is indeed happening. This move by Microsoft would undoubtedly be regarded as a landmark moment in gaming history and tear up the rule book for the console wars. This would also be a massive gain for Nintendo as it would significantly grow and diversify the Switch's gaming library future proofing it to compete in the next generation.
We may have been seeing glimpses of this new romance for some time now with the two console makers previously partnering on cross-play and Xbox live coming to the Switch. Who knows, may be this was the price Microsoft had to pay to get Banjo-Kazooie or Master Chief into Smash Ultimate? May be Microsoft is buying Nintendo? Or may be the Xbox One X will be the companies' last gaming hardware? Regardless, this is one gamer that wishes that just like in the movies, the nerd eventually gets his girl. For more gaming news check out our impressions of Tetris 99 or our review round up for Jump Force.
Hey I am Marlon Mcfarlane the writer here at Blue Crescent Studio & a longtime lover of all things Animation & Gaming.