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Nintendo and Xbox are cozy right now. Minecraft is on Switch, complete with Xbox Live and achievement integration. They're cuddled up against one another, they won't be frenzy – tantalizing near-romantic stuff from the most popular kids at Video Game Junior High. Nothing like the sworn frenemies relationship between Xbox and Sony
There are many recent reports that Nintendo and Xbox are going to collaborate on something major. A lot of the rumors deviate slightly with regard to the finer details, but the broad concept is mostly the same: Xbox Game Pass and select Xbox first-party titles will eventually end up on Nintendo Switch.
For instance, Direct Feed Games says Xbox Game Pass is coming to Switch and Ori and the Blind Forest is cited as a game that will be sold individually on the Nintendo eShop. Game Informer adds to that by reporting it happen before the end of 201
Phil Spencer has been perfectly adamant in recent years that Xbox isn't a console. It's a platform. Microsoft's persistent efforts to break down the barriers between console and gaming have been representative of Spencer's goals. Getting Xbox on Switch would be exponentially more impactful – not to mention entirely unbelievable only a few years ago.
There are a couple of prime candidates for reveal events. E3 is obviously a good place to announce a new partnership. But, considering how relevant this is to developers and how much tech is involved, this could happen at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco in late March. Xbox has a session on March 20 where it'll introduce everyone to its new cross-platform SDK that'll all expand Xboxes reach more than two billion devices.
For now, we wait with bated breath. There are some sparks between Nintendo and Xbox, a little bit of chemistry. But will this flirtatious teasing lead to a full-on makeout sesh? Time will tell. And, if everyone knows, nothing is official until it's Internet Official
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