I'm eagerly awaiting the details further but apparently Microsoft is planning to lease out or spread out the Xbox Live-style of Friends Lists, Achievements, and perhaps other aspects to many other platforms... most notably for this forum, the Nintendo Switch.
The Verge said:
Some iOS and Android games already have Xbox Live Achievements, but they’re only enabled in titles from Microsoft Studios and there’s not many of them available right now. Microsoft describes this new push as much bigger. “Xbox Live is expanding from 400 million gaming devices and a reach to over 68 million active players to over 2 billion devices with the release of our new cross-platform XDK,” says the GDC listing.
XBOX LIVE CROSS-PLATFORM PLANS ARE PART OF MICROSOFT’S BIGGER PUSH FOR GAMING Xbox Live cross-platform play will allow developers to integrate in friends lists, multiplayer functionality, and achievements into existing mobile games. It’s an important part of Microsoft’s new gaming mission to reach outside of its traditional PC and Xbox markets, and bring software, services, and games to players on rival platforms. Microsoft is also working on an xCloud game streaming service that will stream Xbox games to PCs, consoles, and mobile devices later this year.
I really hope this means that Nintendo will have their own thing but I guess it doesn't quite matter if it's still Xbox-branded. Would just feel weird. The idea of Microsoft helping Nintendo though with expanding their online in this way is pretty neat. Could make cross play or cross buy pretty interesting also. I guess we shall see.
What are you most hopeful about with this news? What concerns you the most?
I'm pretty sure it's just a way for you to tie progress in cross-platform multiplayer games to your Xbox Live profile. It won't be a system-wide thing or anything, just an in-game prompt to sign in, like a Fortnite account or Ubisoft Uplay account or whatever.
Check the whole article for a little more context. I just took part of it. Wherever they mention consoles, the Switch is part of that. Secret_Tunnel is probably right, though it would be nice to see this expanded in some way. Maybe they can help Nintendo with their own online because hell, why not as part of the deal?
Some rumors suggest that Cuphead might be straight up ported.
If not, you can always just subscribe for the months you plan on playing any of the games though. There's no contract. Since buying an Xbox One X, I've let my Game Pass expire plenty of times only to pick it back up later. I do the same with video streaming services. Subscribe for a month, binge what I feel like watching, unsubscribe until I want to watch something on that platform again.
Very interesting. So, mostly streaming, I guess? Like the alternate next Xbox? Hmm, it seems to me like this would benefit Nintendo way more than MS. Unless MS just doesn't care about selling consoles?
One thing is for certain: My odds of buying Cuphead and Ori have gone from 1% to 100%. Rare Replay would be a lock, too. So maybe this DOES benefit MS!
I always liked that old Nintendo/MS joint console rumor, to be honest. Because Nintendo's magic is generally in the software and interface, rather than, y'know, the silicon or the services. If MS wants to lose money on the hardware, let 'em!
But the Switch is another case. Regardless, exciting!
EDIT: Apparently, I said the exact same things in the other thread! Ah, well. Consistency is a virtue, right? Unless you're evil, I guess. Or consistently wrong... At the very least, virtue is a virtue!
I wonder if the button prompts will change in game depending on what kind of controller you're using when streaming? (and I wonder if Switch will straight up support Xbox controllers)
The fact that A,B and X,Y are switched between Xbox and Nintendo controllers causes me no end of grief when switching back between Xbox/PC and Nintendo games.
Anyhoo in my neighborhood in Brooklyn there is only one service provider for internet and it's too slow to stream games so until I move into new apartment with fiber or something this won't really do much for me (unless they offer ports as well as streaming).
@Shadowlink Well they've already announced they have at least two varieties of new Xboxes in development as well as their whole line of Surface laptops and tablets. For the time being it seems like they're still in the hardware business. What I really want them to do is focus on bringing more Game Pass titles to Windows, you can play a few of the newer "play anywhere" games like Sea of Thieves and Crackdown 3 but you can't play most Xbox games natively, I'd love to have access to Master Chief Collection on my PC.