Its a very strange time to be a gamer. With company's competing with each other for sales, they are also finding strange ways to befriend each other too, like with cross play functionality.
But in an even stranger turn of events, we maybe getting Xbox Live on the Nintendo Switch.
In a listing for their GDC 2019 schedule. It said that Microsoft is going to be announcing plans to roll out Xbox Live to IOS, Android, and the Nintendo Switch. This would allow developers to incorporate achievements and friends lists on their Switch.
The listing has since been removed from the GDC web site, but this is how it read.
Xbox Live is one of the largest, most engaged gaming communities on the planet with decades of experience providing managed game services to developers that save you time and unlock all of the social and engagement features that players love. Now Xbox Live is about to get MUCH bigger. Xbox Live is expanding from 400M gaming devices and a reach to over 68M active players to over 2B devices with the release of our new cross-platform XDK. Get a first look at the SDK to enable game developers to connect players between iOS, Android, and Switch in addition to Xbox and any game in the Microsoft Store on Windows PCs.
Microsoft and Nintendo have quickly become fast friends, being the first 2 consoles to allow cross play between each other. Which eventually led to Sony caving and allowing it on the PS4 also, but in a limited way.
With this, there are now more rumors coming out.
Rumor: Xbox Game Pass coming to the Nintendo Switch
Liam Robertson, an independent video game writer who also works with the DidYouKnowGaming site, posted a video debunking the Scalebound rumors (along with a few others). However, he did mention in the video that Microsoft and Nintendo are working on something huge together. You can watch the video here. In the video he goes into detail as to why he doesn't think MS would allow Nintendo to have the IP for Scalebound. Which totally makes sense.
This new sources however is saying that MS is creating an Xbox app for the Nintendo Switch that would "eventually support the Netflix-style Xbox Game Pass service as well as Microsoft's upcoming game streaming service, Project xCloud".
With Project xCloud being a streaming service, this could potentially allow the Switch to run games that it could never be able to before. This would also allow the Switch to have access to every one of the XBox's exclusive titles, opening up an entire world to Nintendo Switch owners.
Game Pass has been confirmed by a number of sources, including Game Informer them self. In a post you can read here, they went on to say that their source confirmed that Game Pass is in the works and will be releasing this year.
This could potentially be the greatest E3 in history if all of this is true. And with Sony saying they aren't going to be attending E3 this year, this leaves the door wide open for Microsoft to come in and just blow the roof off of the place.
Two of the biggest video game company's coming together in a partnership. This is like cats and dogs living together. Queue the mass hysteria!
This has been James with Game Fix. Game on everybody!