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Game Pass on Switch isn't happening, sources say

Xbox Game Pass isn't coming to Nintendo Switch, sources say

Derek Strickland | Mar 4, 2019 at 2:47 pm CST (1 min, 45 secs time to read)

Microsoft's wildly popular Xbox Game Pass subscription service isn't coming to Nintendo Switch, multiple sources familiar with the matter tell Windows insider Brad Sams.

Game Pass on Switch isn't happening, sources say |

Microsoft does want to bring Game Pass to every device, but launching the service on a competing system could bring lots of issues. We recently outlined the big problems with Game Pass on Switch in a recent feature, discussing huge hurdles both companies would face such as technical limitations, service clashing, and missed revenues.

Now key sources tell known Xbox and Windows insider Brad Sams that the all-you-can-download Xbox service won't arrive on Nintendo's handheld-console hybrid. "There's been a lot of talk of Game Pass on the Switch. I'm hearing from multiple sources that's not happening,"'s Brad Sams said in a recent video.

"I can't ever say never because Microsoft wants Game Pass everywhere--they want it on TVs, they want it on PCs, they want it everywhere with their xCloud stuff. But as of right now I am hearing from multiple people that it's not coming to the Switch."

However, Game Pass is likely coming to PC in full force. Microsoft is currently developing new delivery technologies that bring native Xbox versions of games over to Windows 10 PCs, which could pave the way Game Passes' full library of games on PC, including legacy Xbox 360 games.

Last updated: Apr 6, 2020 at 04:45 pm CDT

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