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How would that even work without hurting Nintendo in the long run?



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Considering how shite Nintendo's online service is, I'd love to see Microsoft step in and do it right.....but it won't happen.

The Switch may be my favorite current console but I'd wager 10 years from now Nintendo's online service is still a decade behind everyone else.



Unless MS suddenly ports Halo, Gears, and Forza to Switch, I don't see this doing anything. Games can have crossplay without having XBL on Switch. So what exactly would the point be? How does putting XBL on Switch help MS?



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This is why Microsoft is looking amazing right now. They have stepped away from pushing Xbox, and have started pushing Games. This new idea of developing more games, and allowing people to play on any platform they choose is what will push Microsoft over Sony and Nintendo. People don't like being locked down to a single device, or a single level of experience. No one wants to be left out of the party, and no one that can afford it wants to be limited to a one size fits all box.

Microsoft is on point with bringing XBL services to other platforms. With Cloud Saves, Achievements, and Friends Lists across every device you own, Microsoft will have the best value of anyone in the industry bar non.

I really hope Nintendo is open to this, or has plans to expand their hardware portfolio. Either fight, or join. Same goes for Sony. I like competition, but to have competition companies have to fight. I don't want to see Sony and Nintendo roll over and die like they did with Portables.

Anyhow, I look forward to GDC. This will be an interesting topic. I am sure a lot more is to come as well.



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Does this mean Xbox games on the switch? Or does it only apply to the handling of online functionality?



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Darwinianevolution said:
How would that even work without hurting Nintendo in the long run?

How does this hurt Nintendo?

It removes a major infrastructure development and maintenance burden, and gives it to a pre-existing expert. In addition, Nintendo gains extra royalty revenues since the games are still being licensed to Switch.

Microsoft in turn gets to tremendously expand their platform to a potential 100+ million more customers within 5 years, and without the need of expanding the Xbox hardware user base.

It’s kind of win/win.



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As an Xbox fan if they have xbox games and games like titan fall 2 with devs that say they dont care for switch I see titanfall devs getting pissed off. and voilating the devs that never agreed to such thing I see them sueing Microsoft because they never intended there game to be on Switch . but I might be wrong and this is just a replacement for nintendo online for xbox live on switch ? and not games whatsoever



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KBG29 said:
This is why Microsoft is looking amazing right now. They have stepped away from pushing Xbox, and have started pushing Games. This new idea of developing more games, and allowing people to play on any platform they choose is what will push Microsoft over Sony and Nintendo. People don't like being locked down to a single device, or a single level of experience. No one wants to be left out of the party, and no one that can afford it wants to be limited to a one size fits all box.

Microsoft is on point with bringing XBL services to other platforms. With Cloud Saves, Achievements, and Friends Lists across every device you own, Microsoft will have the best value of anyone in the industry bar non.

I really hope Nintendo is open to this, or has plans to expand their hardware portfolio. Either fight, or join. Same goes for Sony. I like competition, but to have competition companies have to fight. I don't want to see Sony and Nintendo roll over and die like they did with Portables.

Anyhow, I look forward to GDC. This will be an interesting topic. I am sure a lot more is to come as well.

Looks like MS is throwing in the white flag to me. And Sony won’t play with them so they’re going with Nintendo. Soon there won’t be an Xbox console. But if this avenue is profitable for MS then why not?



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