A lot of news coming out of this year's E3 has been about game streaming services. The search-engine giant Google kicked things off when it gave the world its first proper look at Stadia and since then we've heard Microsoft talk about its xCloud service and even Bethesda chime with its new Orion technology.
As for Nintendo? They're planning on keeping things old-school. Well, at least by modern standards.
During the same phone interview with TIME, Nintendo of America's president Doug Bowser was asked if Nintendo was interested in this relatively new concept. The company is certainly looking at these new technologies but right now is more focused on Switch, which gives owners the ability to play games "seamlessly" wherever they are.
Overall, we think it’s really interesting to be watching what others are doing and what they’re up to, and considering how the video game experience may evolve based on new technologies. We’re looking at those technologies and understanding their capabilities and how they may contribute to the gameplay experiences we desire with our IP and characters and environments.
However, we also believe that at this point in time Nintendo Switch also offers a very compelling and unique gameplay experience. It’s a very unique platform in that you can play it at home on your TV, and instantaneously pull it out of the dock and go to a portable mode, whether that’s a tabletop mode or a handheld mode, and continue playing that game seamlessly wherever you go. That proposition of hardware coupled with a catalog that’s over 2,000 games deep is one reason that fans are still choosing Nintendo Switch as their platform of choice.
Obviously, Nintendo has delved into cloud-gaming before, but it's been limited to certain regions. A while back Assassin's Creed: Odyssey was made available to Japanese Switch owners and they also got to experience Resident Evil 7.
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