No, you’re not dreaming. That’s the hit 2016 game Overwatch streamed on a Nintendo Switch.
The game isn’t technically running on the Switch. Andrew Sampson streamed the game on the Switch and controlled it with a mouse and keyboard through a app known as Rainway.
The app allows you to stream any PC game onto other devices like tablets, cell phones, and even on macOS and Linux. The website promises that all games will run at 60 frames per second. All you need is any GPU that supports DirectX 11. The program will automatically handle configuring your network and securing a connection.
Sampson is one of the coders working on Rainway.
Sampson streamed a number of games to the Nintendo Switch, including NieR: Automata, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Batman: Arkham Knight, and RuneScape.
He streamed using a computer with a Radeon RX 480 graphics card and a i5-4440 processor. The app is still in the protorype phase, which may explain the reduced framerate and input lag in the video of Overwatch.
At launch, the app will only support 1080p. They will support 4K when the AV1 codec has been finalized.
Rainway will be released November 25, 2017. The app will be available for free. You can register early with the link in the tweet below.
As for an official port of Overwatch to the Switch, it isn’t all that likely. Director Jeff Kaplan explained to Express Online that Developer Blizzard would have to “revisit performance” to make the game run on the Switch. It’s also challenging to maintain the game on three separate systems (PC, PS4, Xbox One) already, with Blizzard just figuring out how to patch on all three systems. However, they’re still open to the idea of a port on the Switch.
I always like to tell people we’re very open-minded about what platforms we could be on.
Just because we’re not on a platform right now, it doesn’t mean we won’t reconsider it in the future, so we stay aware of all these things.
In other news, a new summer event may be coming to the game based on a datamined audio clip similar to the Overwatch 2016 Summer Games theme.