Nintendo and Xbox have a pretty good relationship – much better than Xbox’s relationship with Sony, anyway. That relationship is why some Microsoft exclusives, like Ori and the Will of the Wisps launched on Switch. Porting Xbox games over to the Nintendo Switch seems like an awesome idea, especially since Nintendo doesn’t seem keen on allowing game streaming to happen anytime soon. But, as it turns out, there might not be any more Xbox Exclusives coming to Nintendo unless the relationship between the two companies blossoms into a full-blown love affair.
This news comes directly from the mouth of Xbox Head, Phil Spencer in an interview with Kotaku. While the previous Xbox-to-Switch ports have been loved and fairly successful, Spencer says that the approach to these ports “doesn’t feel sustainable.” And, it won’t be sustainable, apparently, until Nintendo and Microsoft are able to deliver a full Xbox ecosystem in total partnership.
“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.”
This does sound pretty unfeasible, but it’s not outside the realm of possibility. In fact, Spencer has been a big voice in the prospect of bring the Xbox platform to competing hardware. It would take one hell of a deal to make it happen with a brand like Sony, obviously, but with Microsoft and Nintendo having a decent relationship it doesn’t seem that far out of context. Well, with exception of the fact that Spencer says Nintendo (nor Sony, for that matter) are really all that interested in offering the “Xbox experience” on their hardware.
With this in mind, it means that any future Xbox-to-Switch ports could be contingent upon a tighter partnership and Nintendo taking part in some kind of Xbox experience offering. Not all hope is lost, though, as Spencer admits that Xbox “has a very good relationship with Nintendo” and that both companies are focused on growing the gaming market. That doesn’t mean that something big will happen between the two companies anytime soon, but never say never, right? After all, Nintendo’s own “online” service isn’t really anything to write home about and bring Xbox Games Pass to the Switch, for example, could make the Switch a lot more attractive for people who like to game on the go but don’t want to bother streaming games on their phone.