After Sony, Microsoft, and Google, another company expressed interest in streaming technology…
Charlie Scibetta, one of the executives of Nintendo of America, told the following to TechCrunch at E3: „Streaming is certainly interesting technology. Nintendo is keeping a close eye on it and we’re evaluating it. We don’t have anything to announce right now in terms of adopting that technology. For us, it’s still physical and it’s digital downloads through our eShop.”
Doug Bowser, the new Nintendo of America president (who took the retired Reggie Fils-Aime’s seat), added the following to The Holywood Reporter: „It’s always interesting to see what others are doing in the space. We’re always interested in how various new technologies can enable different ways to play games.”
The Nintendo Switch already saw two companies try streaming their games on it, although in Japan only, so if you haven’t heard about it yet, we wouldn’t blame you. First, Capcom took a shot with Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (which in Japan is called Biohazard 7: Resident Evil Cloud Version on the Switch), then Ubisoft was next with Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey Cloud Version on Nintendo’s popular portable platform. (AC:O was also used by Google for Project Stream, the main testing ground for Google Stadia.)
What else can we say? Multiple companies are working on their respective streaming technology (Sony – PlayStation Now; Microsoft – Project xCloud – and these two companies will also work together; Google – Google Stadia; Electronic Arts – Project Atlas; and even Amazon showed interest about entering the market, so don’t skip them), and if Nintendo enters the fray, it’d be good for competition purposes as all three console manufacturers would be present. Streaming won’t likely take off in the next 1-2 years, though.