Did you know? The Switch has the ability to play games via the cloud, a fact I wasn't aware of until Nintendo announced Kingdom Hearts would be cloud-portable. Of course, I use the Switch in a way that is limited to a few of my favorite locally installed games, and only when traveling, so you can say I'm out of the loop.
Like many other platforms and companies, Nintendo has dipped its toes in the cloud gaming market, albeit in a different way. Instead of playing the personal version of PlayStation Now or Xbox Game Pass, Nintendo allows cloud-based titles to be played each game individually.
So far, most broadcast titles have been titles that can make switching devices difficult without making major sacrifices. Alternatively, developers can create a small cloud client that takes about 45 seconds to download and install. Users set up the client as if it were a game, but the actual content runs on top-tier servers and plays on the Switch.
So far, there are only a few games that have implemented the switch. North American markets are available. Japan has seen the release of drag in three other titles, including Resident Evil 7 Biohazard, Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, and Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis. Nintendo has many other cloud titles coming out soon. Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy will be released on October 26 and A Plague Tale: Requiem in 2022. The Kingdom Hearts games date has yet to be decided.
I was curious about how cloud-based games look and how they work, so I switched to Control Ultimate Edition. I wasn't optimistic about getting in but was finally surprised. The opening scene looked very beautiful and performed without stuttering. Likewise, the controls didn't have much latency, and the in-game textures were clearly superior to anything the Switch could do originally.
Of course, game streaming, regardless of platform, has its downsides. The first is that you must be connected to the internet to play the game. No internet. We don't respond. In addition, this connection must be stable. I have a good broadband service that consistently delivers at least 400Mbps and 21Mbps continuously. Those with a slower or less stable connection may experience a noticeable drop in performance. Fortunately, Nintendo cloud games allow you to try it out for a while to make sure it works fine in your network settings before you buy.
The Kingdom Hearts franchise is coming to Nintendo Switch via cloud broadcasting
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