Over the past few weeks there has been a building rumor that Microsoft is planning on bringing games to Nintendo Switch through XBox Game Pass, and the still unreleased xCloud services. Last week the French gaming website Jeux Video added to the rumors reporting that Microsoft will bring Cuphead, and Ori and The Blind Forest to Nintendo switch along with over 100 titles through the services.
It is also suggested that Microsoft hits Halo, Gears of War, and Forza could be coming to Switch as full standalone ports. This rumor comes at the same time as rumors that Microsoft will be revealing a new XBox console at E3 this year.
This wouldn’t be the first time that Microsoft has brought software to Nintendo platforms. These rumors build on the success of games like Minecraft, which Microsoft brought to the WiiU in 2015, and to the Switch in 2017.
The growth of cross-platform play between Microsoft and Nintendo versions of games like Minecraft, Fortnite and Rocket League represent a growing interest in cooperation between the two platforms. If Microsoft can successfully expand their XBox content onto the Switch, it would open up a new audience of gamers that may have never played Microsoft exclusives like Halo or Gears of War.
This is not to say that Microsoft is stopping all exclusive content. With rumors suggesting that Microsoft is gearing up to reveal a new XBox at E3 2019, by exposing Switch fans to Microsoft franchises they can create many new fans that may be willing to buy the latest Xbox hardware to experience the newest content that would be exclusive to that hardware.
If these rumors turn out to be true, it would present a chance for Microsoft to expand their market share by courting the Switch audience, this could be a key strategic play to help with closing the gap in hardware sales between XBox and Playstation.