Virtuos apparently plans to port Xbox Series X & PS5 games to Switch

Virtuos plans to port Xbox Series X games PlayStation 5 games to Nintendo Switch Elijah Freeman VP of Virtuos games division

Even though we’ve seen almost no actual video games yet, both Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 have received an avalanche of technical details recently. Xbox Series X is promising ludicrous graphics, and PlayStation 5 is promising to load information so fast that it could enable brand new video game experiences never possible before. Yet it seems that port specialist game studio Virtuos is planning to port games from those state-of-the-art machines to Nintendo Switch anyway.

Virtuos wants new Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 games on Nintendo Switch

Elijah Freeman, VP of Virtuos’ games division, gave the following quote to Maxi-Geek: (Thanks are due to Doctre81 for first noting this development.)

We believe that 2020 will be the year of game-centric development, where players will expect as standard a consistency of experience with their favorite games. With the launch of the new Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 this year, developers need to strategize and plan for the game experience to be consistent across all platforms. At Virtuos we are charged up and full of talent that is ready to help bring these new games to the Nintendo Switch.

The quote concludes an interview feature about how Virtuos and another port specialist, Tantalus Media, have been meeting the challenge of porting games to Nintendo Switch. No more specific discussion about the next-gen consoles occurs, but it sure sounds like Virtuos is thinking about how to port games for those machines to Switch, with Freeman’s language of “these new games.”

There are ways that this should be possible, in theory. Consider the Wii and how it received a good amount of ports of third-party games that just happened to have much worse graphics, among other technical downgrades. Also, first-party Xbox titles are planned to release for both Xbox One and Series X for the next couple years, showing that deep thought has already gone into how to make games perform well on hardware of varying power levels.

But then again, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, a current-gen title ported to Switch by Saber Interactive with fairly high fidelity, is thought to already be pushing the limits of the console’s hardware. And it’s critically important to understand that lightening up on the graphics is only one of myriad requirements to port a game to weaker hardware.

So — can Virtuos port Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 titles to Switch? Some of them, probably. We’ll find out for sure soon enough.

In the meantime, the studio is working on porting The Outer Worlds, which was delayed due to the coronavirus outbreak.


John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!