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The Nintendo Switch has dominated the video game market since its launch in 2017. Its hybrid design and extensive toy library make it an essential console, both for kids and adults. However, it has a weak point compared to its competitors: its power. Nintendo’s little beast is limited in terms of processor and graphics engine. Therefore, it cannot support titles that consume processing power. This has prevented AAA games from being ported to the Nintendo Switch until now.

Of course, the Japanese manufacturer did not sit correctly in the face of this electricity problem. To catch up with its main competitors, the PlayStation and Xbox, the Japanese giant has introduced a cloud streaming game mode for the Nintendo Switch. It allows you to play “heavy” games that require powerful machines and are not available on hybrid consoles. How does this work? For those who want to know about console cloud streaming, this article is for you.

Cloud streaming on the Nintendo Switch: what is it?

This is a new way to access games on the Nintendo Switch. Cloud streaming allows the console to run games that require power and graphics, without any graphics processing on its part. The service does not require hybrid console power: all operations are done in the cloud, via remote servers. They run games and the Nintendo Switch only sends the picture via the internet.

This process allows the console to access a much wider library of toys. It will be able to provide its users with games that the console will never support. No CPU and graphics chip upgrades required. All you need is a Nintendo Switch, an internet connection, and you’re done. In other words, the player is playing on the internet. His Nintendo Switch will serve as the controller and screen. This concept is already being used on Xbox’s xCloud, PlayStation’s PS Now and Google’s Stadia.

How to access cloud streaming on Nintendo?

Nintendo makes this feature available to all users. No need to have a Nintendo Switch Online subscription to enjoy it. If you own a Nintendo Switch V1, V2, Lite or OLED, just go to the Nintendo eShop. Find the game you want to play, click on it and select the download option. If you see “Cloud Version” in the game title, you can play it directly in the cloud, without having to download it to your console.

What games are available to stream to your Switch?

So far, Nintendo is only making a few cloud streaming games in the Control Ultimate Edition.

  • Hitman 3
  • A Plague Tale: Innocence
  • Resident Evil 7 Biohazard (Japan only)
  • Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey (Japan only)
  • Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis (Japan only)
  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (available on October 26, 2021)
  • A Plague Tale: Requiem (2022)
  • Kingdom Hearts – HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMix (release date still unknown)
  • Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue (release date still unknown)
  • Kingdom Hearts 3 (release date still unknown)

Tip: If you want to play games that are only available in Japan, you just need to create a second Japanese Nintendo Switch account.

The pros and cons of cloud streaming

The fact of offering cloud streaming on the Nintendo Switch is already an advantage in itself. Players can play games not available on the console, without worrying about power. The console will be able to display all the games offered in Nintendo’s cloud streaming toy library, even the graphic-intensive ones.

Games available in cloud streaming do not take up space on the Nintendo Switch’s internal memory. If you want to stream a cloud game, you just need to download a small file that will be used to run it. It’s free and will let you preview the game before you checkout.

Although cloud streaming on the Nintendo Switch seems to open up a new game mode, it also has downsides. Because the games are streamed, they need a stable and fast internet connection. To enjoy the fluidity and optimal graphics in the games, you will need a connection with good download speeds. It’s like watching a series on Netflix: the more stable your internet connection, the more you’ll be able to watch them in 4K and without latency.

So far, Nintendo has not specified the exact internet connection speed required for cloud streaming on the Nintendo Switch. If we rely on other cloud streaming services like xCloud or Google Stadia, you must have an internet connection speed of at least 15Mb/s to stream at 720p. The speed of the cloud streaming internet connection on the Nintendo Switch can be similar to its competitors. We recommend that you try a demo of a game before buying it at full price to see if your internet connection is good enough to run it under optimal conditions.

Streaming games, a good initiative?

Nintendo is known for the wealth of its toy library. The Nintendo Switch is a true paradise for independent games as well as large Zelda or Mario exclusives. To attract more customers, the Japanese firm has taken the initiative to offer non-Switch games in cloud streaming on hybrid consoles. Of course, it requires a good internet connection to work. That being said, that’s no reason to say it’s a bad idea. On the contrary, it is a real march towards modernity, towards dematerialization and cloud gaming.

While Nintendo Switch’s cloud game library is still slim, Nintendo has jumped into cloud gaming. Of course, it will be some time before this trend becomes popular with hybrid console owners. Either way, having access to heavy, incompatible Nintendo Switch games at a reasonable price will surely delight everyone. Let’s wait for the first real feedback from the players to judge.

The article was published on 10/20/2021 at 6:45 am

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