Will Xbox Game Pass Make Its Way to Nintendo Switch?

Published 06/11/2021, 12:13 PM EDT


In the world of gaming subscription, nothing comes close to the Xbox Game Pass. Players from around the world use it for their Xbox and Windows systems to play a wide-array of titles from the ever-growing library. For years, this Netflix-style subscription based service has been a force to reckon with, and it’s one of the biggest advantages of buying Xbox over Sony or Nintendo consoles. But it looks like there might be a change coming soon.

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For months, there’s a lot of speculation going around about the Xbox Game Pass making its way to the Nintendo Switch. But will fans of these two console brands finally see a major collaboration between them soon?

A Nintendo Switch console, dock, Joy-Con Grip and a pair of Joy-Con controllers, taken on February 22, 2017. (Photo by Joby Sessions/Future via Getty Images)

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Xbox and Nintendo have collaborated in various forms

Over the past few years, Xbox and Nintendo have joined forces for various endeavors involving many of their titles. Characters like Steve and Alex from Minecraft were recently added to the ever-growing roster of Super Smash Bros. Along with that, Microsoft-published games like Cuphead and Ori and the Blind Forest have also been ported to the Nintendo Switch.

Other than that, Phil Spencer, the head of Xbox, has also spoken highly about the Japanese company. During an interview with Kotaku, the popular executive talked about the company’s great working relationship with Nintendo.

“We have a very good relationship with Nintendo, and I think we see our work very synergistically, in terms of trying to grow the market. And it just makes it easy. Every conversation we have with them has really been easy.”

Xbox Game Pass might be added to the Switch

In the same interview, Spencer talked about the possibility of Xbox games releasing on other platforms. He stated that these titles would join the library of other consoles with support from Xbox services like Live and Game Pass. So, if Nintendo Switch adds more titles published by Microsoft, it seems like it would come with these services as well.

“In order to really support it, I would want a full Xbox ecosystem somewhere. And that probably means things like Live and Game Pass and stuff.”

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Other than that, recently, an Xbox executive added more fuel to the Game Pass-Nintendo Switch rumors. While talking to Axios, Sarah Bond, the Head of Game Creator Experience and Ecosystem at Microsoft had some interesting comments about the current status of Xbox Game Pass.

“I can’t comment on any specifics around that relationship as it relates to Game Pass.”

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It’s very likely that Xbox might have a huge announcement regarding the future of Xbox Game Pass during E3 2021. With the company already talking about adding various services to other devices, it seems like the most important revelation might involve Nintendo and its console, and there’s a good chance that fans will see the subscription service on the Switch soon.

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Rupesh Nair

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Rupesh is an eSports author at EssentiallySports. Currently a student at Mumbai University, he has been involved with eSports since his childhood. Having played titles like Fallout 4, Minecraft, FIFA, Portal 2 and Halo 4 extensively, Rupesh has a deep understanding of the sport.

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