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Nintendo President Discusses Whether The Nintendo Switch Will Feature VR

News publication Bloomberg recently had the opportunity to sit down and discuss the Nintendo Switch with Nintendo president, Tatsumi Kimishima. One of the questions directed at the president of the company was whether or not the Nintendo Switch will have virtual reality capabilities and whether or not it is something they’re planning to introduce in the future. Kimishima says that it could be possible in the future but doesn’t sound sold on the overall concept at present. Here’s what he had to say.

Will Switch have VR capabilities? Are you developing VR that will connect to Switch?

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.

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19 comments

  1. It’d be cool to play a Metroid Prime game with a VR headset, since we’re inside Samus’ helmet already.

  2. “And our games are ones that are usually played for a long time.”

    Yet the battery life has been terrible on Wii U and 3DS. The DS had an awesome battery life.

    1. But the Power of a potato. Batteries just can’t keep up with today’s levels of power consumption. Lithium batteries need to step up their game.

      1. Some university or something was boasting about a battery that could double the charge with some new technology.

          1. Nintendo mentioned something about wanting the Switch to be played when there isn’t any electrical outputs around. Maybe these guys are getting some of their funding from Nintendo??

  3. I think he’s saying currently Nintendo makes games that a suitable for longer play sessions while VR makes some people sick if played more than one or a few hours. I think they’re probably watching the current headsets to see how the consumers respond and if people start playing VR all day and only wanting VR games they’ll jump on board.

    1. Not to mention motion sickness is a concern considering some Japanese gamers had trouble playing games like Super Mario 64, Sunshine, and Galaxy 1&2 in the past & those were on a TV that they were a couple feet or inches away from. With VR, that shit is staring you right in the face. @.@

  4. The Switch seems very simple to put VR in. My brother has something that you simply slide your phone into. Do the same thing for Switch and boom, easy and cheap VR.

    1. I might have known this if I kept up with the VR craze, but doesn’t VR use a 3D effect to add to the experience of being in an actual game? If I’m wrong, I guess the VR tech hasn’t become cheap enough to add a 3D effect without causing the price to go even higher than what it already is.

  5. When I first started using HD when playing my video games, I suffered a bit of motion sickness for the first week or two til my eyes adjusted to it. With that in mind, I’m in no rush to see Nintendo do VR. Maybe after I’ve played games & watched TV in HD for 2 or 3 more years, then I might be more open to the idea. For now, I’m good.

  6. “VR” is a misnomer, this shit is just a motion control stuck on a pair of glasses, it literally works the same as the camera in Nintendoland or the targeting mode in WWHD and TPHD, but it makes you blind if you use it for more than 10 minutes straight.
    Real VR is some Matrix or Fate kind of shit, something that will probably never be possible.

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