As I’d already suspected, this kind of move stands to benefit both companies.
We had a whole lot of rumors about Microsoft bringing their games and services to Nintendo Switch last week. That’s a Very Big Deal™ if it does end up happening. It scores a win for Microsoft, who get to propagate their services further, and it scores a win for Nintendo, who get to sell their hardware further.
But do they? Would someone really buy a Nintendo Switch for Game Pass or Ori and the Blind Forest? The answer, according to a poll conducted by True Achievements, is yes. One in four respondents said they would buy a Nintendo Switch to play Xbox content on it, were the option made available to them.
As mentioned, this is a win for Microsoft and Nintendo alike—Microsoft as a services company gets to expose its services to more customers and devices, while Nintendo as a games company gets to sell its games and hardware to more people. It makes so much sense, I can’t see it not happen. Now we wait for an official confirmation.