Nintendo: Cloud gaming can be huge but won't replace the Switch

Nintendo: Cloud gaming can be huge but won't replace the Switch

Nintendo could consider jumping on board the cloud gaming bandwagon in future.

With triple-A cloud platforms Stadia and Project xCloud arriving in the next few months,  the company's president, Shuntaro Furukawa, revealed that the Japanese gaming giant is open to the idea: "While we don't expect all games to become cloud games any time soon, the technologies are definitely advancing," he said during a recent shareholders meeting.


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"We are looking forward to where cloud and streaming technologies will develop more and more as a means of delivering games to consumers. Updation with such changes in the environment is a part of growing technology."

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But, Nintendo Switch owners needn't unnecessarily worry, Mario creator Shigero Miyamoto added that it won't replace traditional console gaming any time soon: "I think that cloud gaming will become more popular in the future, but I have no doubt that there will continue to be games that are fun because they are running locally and not on the cloud."


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Maybe the company will be open to the idea of offering access to cloud gaming platforms run by rivals? It has been rumoured in the recent past that a partnership with Microsoft to bring Xbox Game Pass to the Switch could also result in xCloud support too.

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It's certainly feasible. But, considering we're still waiting for Netflix access on Switch - two years after launch - something tells us Nintendo would rather stick to its own subscription services.

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