Many may remember the all too familiar tale of how the original PlayStation started out as a project between Nintendo and Sony for which the deal had gone sour. Upon confirmation that Nintendo would not be using Sony’s disc-based video game console design and instead would go on to create the Nintendo 64, Sony took their designs in-house and built their own empire grossing more video game console sales than any other company (as of 2019). Chief among those, the PlayStation 2 is the highest selling game console of all time with over 155 million units (worldwide sell-through).
Traditionally Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft have been hesitant or outright defiant when it comes to opportunities to provide cross-play systems allowing players to interact together across multiple platforms. However, the huge success of Fortnite, pressure from Microsoft and Nintendo, and eventually even Activision signing on for the world’s first cross-play multiplatform Call of Duty game, it is now a very real possibility that xCloud could come to Switch and while PS Now is busy in overhaul phase with Sony’s new deal for Microsoft to host and manage its servers, therefore may not be ready to discuss quite yet, Sony doesn’t want to be left out of this new venture.