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Xbox Head Phil Spencer Denies Rumors of Game Pass on Nintendo Switch

Xbox Head Phil Spencer has confirmed that Game Pass won’t be on Nintendo Switch or other platforms, despite all of the hints to the contrary.
Xbox head Phil Spencer has denied rumors that Game Pass is coming to Nintendo Switch, despite all of the hints to the contrary over the years. Microsoft and Nintendo have a far closer relationship with each other than with their other competitors, mainly Sony, which in the past has demonstrated considerable aversion to the idea of crossplay with its competitors’ platforms.
The relationship between Microsoft and Nintendo has resulted in Xbox Game Studios titles coming to the Switch, including the two Ori games. Their connection has also led to Microsoft-owned characters appearing in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, including Banjo-Kazooie and Steve from Minecraft. This relationship has been one-sided so far, as no Nintendo games have appeared on Microsoft systems. It’s unclear what the future holds for the relationship between the two companies, but the fact that Microsoft now owns many major studios means that Xbox Game Studios titles will likely appear on the Switch in the future.
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There have been lots of rumors about Game Pass coming to Switch, but these have officially been shot down by Xbox head Phil Spencer, in a recent interview with GamesRadar. According to Spencer, Microsoft doesn’t want to bring Game Pass to closed platforms, which is what it considers Nintendo to be. This distinction likely also applies to the PlayStation line of systems as well.
You know, it’s the right question because people usually ask me about releasing one individual game or another. And what I say is I want the full Xbox experience to be something that we deliver. We have no plans to bring it to any other kind of closed platforms right now, mainly because those closed platforms don’t want something like Game Pass. There’s a ton of open platforms out there for us to grow in:  the web, PC, and mobile. So all of our focus, frankly, is on those platforms.
Instead, Microsoft is focusing its efforts on bringing Game Pass to open platforms, like PC and mobile. This can now be accomplished through streaming, as the xCloud service provided with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate allows people to stream Xbox games to devices. All the player needs is a controller and a fast Internet connection. This opens Game Pass to a massive audience, so bringing it to Switch or PlayStation likely isn’t high on Microsoft’s list of priorities.
This isn’t the first time that Spencer has denied that Game Pass is coming to Switch, but Microsoft keeps fanning the rumors, such as when Nintendo Switch consoles appear in the background of Microsoft livestreams. It would be impressive to see Xbox Game Pass on Switch, especially as other companies have embraced cloud gaming on the platform. Whether Nintendo would want Game Pass on the system is another story. Nintendo wants fans to buy games for the Switch, as this gives the company a cut of the money with each purchase. If fans are paying a one-off fee for Game Pass subs and getting access to tons of titles, then they’re going to be spending time playing Xbox games, instead of paying for Nintendo ones.
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Source: GamesRadar
Scott has been writing for Screen Rant since 2016 and regularly contributes to The Gamer. He has previously written articles and video scripts for websites like Cracked, Dorkly, Topless Robot, and TopTenz. A graduate of Edge Hill University in the UK, Scott started out as a film student before moving into journalism. It turned out that wasting a childhood playing video games, reading comic books, and watching movies could be used for finding employment, regardless of what any career advisor might tell you. Scott specializes in gaming and has loved the medium since the early ‘90s when his first console was a ZX Spectrum that used to take 40 minutes to load a game from a tape cassette player to a black and white TV set. Scott now writes game reviews for Screen Rant and The Gamer, as well as news reports, opinion pieces, and game guides. He can be contacted on LinkedIn.

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