Some developers have tried to get around the technical limitations of the popular Nintendo Switch system by cloud streaming more visually intensive titles such as Resident Evil 7 and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. These titles are available for streaming now on the Nintendo Switch in Japan and many have wondered whether we will get the same treatment here in the west. Speaking to Kotaku, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime says that the technical infrastructure isn’t available yet in the United States.
Fils-Aime described those efforts in Japan as “very exciting,” adding that “essentially a cloud-based gaming experience on the Switch is something that everyone is very excited to see.” But, he noted, “it’s specific to Japan because of the internet infrastructure that exists in that country. Very high-speed wireless capability. The ability to have a great experience in Japan is profound. The technical infrastructure doesn’t exist for that to happen currently here in the United States.”
I noted that there are game streaming services that serve American games, but he clarified that the connections weren’t to Nintendo’s satisfaction. “And so from that standpoint we’re looking at that activity as a very interesting test case and certainly is going to drive our thinking and our potential investments here in the Americas.”