Xbox Live on Nintendo Switch!?

Have you ever wanted the best of both worlds all in one? In a way I’ve always wanted to see one of the big companies come together and do something for the greater good of gaming. So are we on the verge of that? Microsoft and Nintendo working together? What if it’s to team up and topple Sony? All speculation for now.

You can see the headline here Xbox Live coming to Nintendo Switch and other devices what does this mean? Well all we can say right now is that it means Xbox Live will be more accessible across other platforms. More exposure the better? Look I know we all are thinking there is something more deep in this, I agree to an extent. It looks like right now that this could be a move to help move the movement of cross-play between systems. I honestly think cross-play is super important, There is no reason to punish a consumer based on what console they purchase and play on.

So you wanna speculate now? Nintendo and Microsoft are teaming up, Nintendo will let Microsoft work on some of their games and they will release both on Switch and Xbox One. You will be able to play some Xbox One (older games from game pass) on the go with your Nintendo Switch.

How about some extreme speculation? Microsoft will buy Nintendo properties and start working with Nintendo to make the next ultimate gaming console that will expand to the PC race of gaming. Nintendo will be teaming up with Microsoft to make more games exclusive to the Xbox One.

Now come on both of those accounts of speculation would be awesome wouldn’t they? Who wouldn’t want a collaboration between 2 of the greatest gaming companies around. Though lets not get ahead of ourselves but damn that would be great. In general I do wish the companies sometimes would just come together and work together in creating some real great content together. They can still compete with each other in a business aspect, Though sometimes it would be cool to let loose and do something real cool.

What does this mean for you? Right now nothing really. If you don’t own either a Switch or any Xbox live services then there isn’t really anything for you. Now then if your an owner of both? You may feel a bit wondering “is this for real?” In some ways I was and still am too myself. My prediction will be that you will be able to do some stuff with Xbox Live on your Nintendo Switch, Then you will be able to play some Xbox game pass games (the older ones) on your Nintendo Switch which then you can take on the go. If that’s the case then you can see an increase of sales on Xbox game pass and I think that would be a very smart and great move on Microsoft’s part.

~Gamer Jeff

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Jeff’s Thoughts on Gaming #3 1/8/19

New year, Time for some fresh thoughts and quick takes on whats shaking up and happening in the deep thoughts of my gaming mind!

Sony’s PlayStation Classic has reduced it’s price

Well sadly that didn’t take long. Sony just really missed the mark on a great opportunity here. It still really baffles me how they messed this up. Even worse too seeing those that have hacked into the UI and found all sorts of things, Like other games that were to be on the system, Other features that folks would have liked to have, They even found NTSC format for the games. I mean I guess I get they wanted this out for the holiday season. I honestly don’t even know one person that picked one up over the holidays or even now at a reduced price.

Xbox Game Pass needs WAY MORE LOVE

Lets say at $79.99 for a new game, 2 new games that’s about $159 so lets say $160+ taxes all that stuff you know. So what if I told you that you can get over 100 games for less than that? I know your probably laughing at me. Well take a look at the Xbox Game Pass. It has a variety of so many great games and even some great classics. PUBG, Sea of Thieves, Forza Horizon 4. They are always adding more games too. You can even score a deal and get the pass for JUST A DOLLAR!

I tried Nintendo’s Online service

Well…. it’s a good start. Cool how they have the NES stuff added and can play online with friends. I gotta admit it is a bit dry. Honestly online hasn’t really been Nintendo’s thing and I’m fine with that. It will be interesting to see what else Nintendo will do with this service and what they may add. For the price of it honestly it’s a lot better than PS Plus and if we are talking price I’ll give it an edge over Xbox Live also.

Are spoilers becoming a problem?

Why ruin the fun for someone else? Seriously it disgusts me. It seems like too looks like it could be a reviewer who is leaking out the spoilers. Well if that the case then it ruins it for everyone, Even the good reviewers. Super Smash Ultimate was leaked and spoilers ran around, You think Nintendo will let this slide? Oh believe me they won’t. Upcoming Kingdom Hearts 3 was also the subject to leaks and spoilers. Personally myself too I have been waiting years and years to be able to play the game. I just hope by the time I get to it that I won’t have it spoiled for me. This just ruins the experience and the person leaking the spoilers too makes them look like a fool. I just hope that future games especially those that fans have been waiting super long for that they don’t run into any leaks or spoilers!

 

Oh there is still so much gaming goodness on my mind! Though of course with all great things I must hold it to there right now. I would love to hear your thoughts and comments. Giving a shout out to my buddy Steve today! Thanks for enjoying my blogs, liking, commenting, and then messaging me after complimenting my work. Means a lot and I love hearing about it.

~Gamer Jeff

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Jeff’s Thoughts on Gaming #2 11/29/18

November 29th Gaming thoughts!

Few things to discuss today, Unfortunately some news that’s not as light, Though I will try and compensate that in this posting for today.

Fallout 76 CE Ripoff?

Oh no, The ever plagued Fallout 76 with it’s latest shot to themselves. The collectors edition of the game included a power armor helmet with a nice little canvas bag. Retailing at about $265 (Canadian Dollars) If your asking me that is quite a steep price to pay for a collectors edition for any game. Well unfortunately that is not what customers received, They received a cheaper nylon type bag. As with everyone who purchased this must have been very confused as to why they didn’t get something they got. Bethesda cleared up the issue stating that they didn’t have enough materials for the bags. Alright that happens fine, Though they knew this in advance. It was already known and yet they still shipped it out knowing that they will probably receive this backlash. So now to make matters worse Bethesda has offered a type of in game currency to compensate those who purchased the collectors edition, Problem is the in game currency being offered is little to nothing. I must say if I was a consumer of the game this would lose a lot of my respect. We as consumers these days have been let down a lot and it sadly seems to be getting worse. That will be an article for another time, Though right now those who were consumers of the collectors edition must feel like they got nuked by Bethesda. (Full article here: Kotaku on Fallout 76 CE Issue

Did Sony even try with the PlayStation Classic?

Well here’s another somewhat messy situation. Granted not as bad as what Bethesda is facing right now but Sony seems to have dropped a great opportunity here. It’s interesting cause literally there are 2 other classics that are on the market, It happens to be one of Sony’s rivals also. NES Classic and SNES Classic. Nintendo did it fine. We questioned the games that were coming out with the PS Classic, Hmm alright guess can’t add everything, Though with some notable omissions that made the system what it was. Games like the Crash Bandicoot Series, Spyro, Tomb Raider. Really? I was more surprised to see Crash not added, Granted that the series had released a new remake of the game, Still though it was an iconic franchise for the beginnings of the PlayStation. A small thing that the price ($100 USD & $130 CND) I get it’s common now but why couldn’t an AC adapter be thrown in? The not casual consumer would probably be turned off by this, Also for us Canadians like me. $130 and no AC adapter? Easy pass. So quickly diving in more it seems that lack of features. The classic is meant to hook up with modern tv’s of today and folks want all the up-scaling and stuff so it is bearable to see for their tv. Alright I mean the NES and SNES classic has that. Strange that Sony didn’t. The roms used for Sony’s Classic are also all in PAL format. Maybe not strange for PAL users but for North America you can get into some technical problems there. Some games won’t work as optimized for that causing game delays and game-play issues. The lack of an analog controller also hampers game-play with some of the games they have for the classic. Why did Sony get so lazy with this? Prime opportunity and for a first go around? That’s not very good yikes.

Nintendo is doing well

The launch of Super Smash coming and the success right now with Pokemon on the Switch. Nintendo is doing well. Staying true to gaming, Sticking by themselves it’s really great to see them doing so well. I will definitely be a consumer of both games. (I have some questions on super smash but will see) Mario Party on the switch has even surged back to some prominence. I am pleased with their online services as well. To those complaining that it used to be free but are praising the likes of PSN and Xbox Live, Must I say more? FREE on PC on EVERYTHING. It’s just a breath of fresh air after all what Nintendo has been through to be coming out on top like this.

 

Leave me your thoughts and comments below, What games have you been playing lately? Something else on your mind? Feel free to leave me a comment.

~Gamer Jeff

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