Nintendo Switch owners who will purchase games via the Nintendo eShop, should know that these games can only be accessed on a single system at a time. At least that’s what Shinya Takahashi, Nintendo’s General Manager of Entertainment Planning & Development, implied in his latest comments during a dialogue with a consumer regarding this topic.
Consumer: “If I want to take my system with me… if I were to buy a digital game, could I buy it once, or would I have to buy it multiple times so they can use those games?”
Takahashi: “Currently we don’t have a system like that in place for Nintendo Switch, but we haven’t made any final decisions about how we would approach that going forward in the future, so unfortunately I can’t provide any concrete answer for you right now.”
So, basically this means that purchases can apparently only be on one system at a time. This would be a pretty major difference between the Switch and Sony’s and Microsoft’s consoles. Both the PS4 and the Xbox One allow you to enjoy your games across multiple consoles, if you confirm of course your identity with an online login. As long as your PSN account or Xbox Live Account isn’t logged in to two systems at the same precise moment, Sony and Microsoft don’t have a problem with you playing that game on different consoles.
On PC you have even more options with services like Steam, which let you log in from up to 10 computers and even allow you to share your entire library with another account remotely via Family Sharing.
This restrictions on Switch, obviously doesn’t apply to physical games, which work directly in any Switch console, with no need to even install the game.
You can listen to the question and to Takahashi’s answer here.