Nintendo: Xbox Game Pass negotiations are "sensitive information" of the Epic Vs Apple trial

Nintendo: Xbox Game Pass negotiations are sensitive information of the Epic Vs Apple trial


The process between Epic Games and Apple continues to be an excellent source of information on the gaming industry. Through the information of journalist Stephen Totilo, we now have the opportunity to discover that a deposition has been released by an Xbox Business Development Executive who talked about xCloud on iOS and other platforms.

Her testimony is however, it was heavily censored according to Nintendo's request, as it would contain "competitor sensitive information regarding certain negotiations between Nintendo and Microsoft." What kind of agreement could this be?

It's easy to think that the statement is somehow linked to Xbox Game Pass - more precisely to its xCloud game streaming component - and to Nintendo Switch. Obviously we cannot have confirmation of this. We know Microsoft and the Kyoto-based company have a great relationship, so it could be something related to Banjo and Kazooie's arrival in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate or Ori and the Will of the Wisps being released on Switch.

But if the negotiations discussed during the trial were really related to xCloud, where could they be? Have Nintendo and Microsoft found an agreement for the publication of the cloud service on Switch? Or if nothing has been done about it?

Impossible to know more, at least for the moment. In the meantime, we would like to point out that Epic Games, creator of Unreal Engine, is suing the creators of Nreal smart glass.

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Nintendo Switch Online App Updated To Version 1.11.0, Here Are The Patch Notes

Temper your expectations

Switch Online App

We're getting pretty used to seeing the infamous 'stability' Switch firmware updates these days, but today it's the Switch Online app's turn to get a small update.

The app has been updated to Version 1.11.0, and while the changes aren't anything to shout about, you'll want to make sure you download and install this update if you make use of it. Here are the full patch notes:

Ver. 1.11.0 (Released May 18, 2021)
  • Game-specific services now available to all Nintendo Accounts (some restrictions for features like voice chat still apply).
  • Option for voice-chat alerts added under Voice-Chat Settings in the in-app settings.
  • Bug fixes implemented.
  • Incidentally, the last noteworthy update for the app arrived back in September, adding support for new Android and iOS versions. Something tells us we might be waiting a while for any significant overhauls.

    Do you use the Nintendo Switch Online app for gaming with friends? Let us know in the comments below.