We may not hear any new additional details about the Nintendo Switch until early next year, but there have been reports claiming that Nintendo is considering the possibility of VR gaming on the upcoming console. The prospect of VR gaming on the Switch was brought up in a recent interview between Bloomberg and Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima.
If you asked as if this might be possible in the future, certainly we can’t say no. In terms of how it can be used for gaming, it’s something we must consider. It depends on the system specifications. I can’t say that we have no interest in VR because VR offers new ways of playing, but that depends on what kind of software can be played. But what kind of software works, that’s only something you only know once you actually experience it. And our games are ones that are usually played for a long time.
Regarding the console, Nintendo has said they won’t provide any more information on specs, pricing and launch titles until mid-January 2017. In Two months time we’ll have our hands on Nintendo’s latest console alongside any planned launch games they’ll be offering. Despite the recent Switch reveal video featuring games such as Mario Kart, Skyrim, Splatoon and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild , only the latter has been confirmed to appear on the console so far.
Nintendo definitely seem to be focusing on potential traditional games for the Switch, but they are also leaving the door open for virtual reality gaming, as we can see from Kimishima’s comments. With the success of Oculus and Vive on PC as well as PlayStation’s VR headset, it comes as no surprise that Kimishima has taken note and stated that VR is certainly a potential option for Nintendo.
As Kimishima does not dismiss the idea of VR on the Switch, it seems as if there is potential for the technology on a Nintendo platform. It seems quite interesting that he states that their games are usually played for extended periods of time, yet that fact didn’t seem to have any effect on developing the 3DS, a portable console with a main feature that probably should not be experienced for extended periods of time.
We are aware that Nintendo tends to be innovative and makes the most of interesting tech, with VR certainly meeting those criteria. Though as highlighted by their president, it is majorly dependant on the specs of the Switch, of which he refuses to offer any hints about. The Switch is certainly more powerful than the Wii U but, unless Nintendo is keeping some very good secrets or has another workaround planned, there’s no guarantee that the Switch could even run VR.
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