Cloud gaming is far from a new concept, both Xbox and PlayStation operate their own cloud gaming services and Stadia is founded exclusively on the premise. But Nintendo’s recent foray into the market is fresh and interesting. The Switch compromised between playability and portability when it came out and therefore meant that games like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Skyrim that were ported onto the console were downgraded compared to their PS and Xbox counterparts.
Nintendo has seemingly devised a way around that. And that way is cloud gaming. Cloud gaming means that the games aren’t stored on local storage, and therefore takes away the strain on memory by having the game broadcasted onto your Switch, and your button commands bounced back to the source. What this means is that Nintendo no longer has to compromise between power and portability. Provided you have a good enough connection.
In 2018, Switch users in Japan got their first taste of Cloud gaming when Resident Evil 7: Biohazard and Assassins Creed Odyssey got their own Cloud Versions. Last year, the rest of the world got their taste of Nintendo Cloud with Control Ultimate Edition releasing on the Switch and Hitman 3 this year.
Cloud gaming offers a new way for the Switch to avoid being left behind by its next-gen competition and therefore it’s natural for Nintendo fans to speculate about what’s to come for the relatively new service.
Last year’s Resident Evil 3 was rumored back in October to be coming to the Switch thanks to data-miners and industry analyst Daniel Ahmad’s explanation that there were no plans for a native version and cloud potential was being explored. And it’s therefore reasonable to expect that the more successful previous entry, Resident Evil 2: Remake will be likely to make itself onto the service should the rumors prove true.
No plans right now for a native version. But a cloud version for Switch is being explored.
— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) March 24, 2020
With the running of Resident Evil 7, it is also not completely out of the realms of possibility that the sequel Resident Evil: Village which comes out in May on all other platforms will somehow find its way onto the Nintendo console.
For now not much is known for the future and with Nintendo seemingly testing the waters with what they can get onto their relatively young cloud service, speculation will continue to grow over the possibilities Nintendo Cloud may bring.
In the meantime, be sure to check out our review for Control here: