A lot of the VR community has been anticipating the official announcement of VR compatibility for the Switch console. And today, it’s been announced that Nintendo is currently “studying” the addition of virtual reality functionality on the upcoming console. Nikkei had a chance to sit down and speak with Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima.
He stated,” If we are able to resolve the issues with playing [VR] comfortably for long hours, we will support it in one form or another.
There wasn’t a specific time frame given for the addition of VR functionality on the Nintendo Switch. PlayStation has already released their VR solution with the PS VR and Microsoft is working on Project Scorpio which will have VR functions. But unlike the two tech giants, Nintendo operates on a different logic and level. They aim to create more freedom with gaming with the launch of Nintendo Switch. The console will be mobile and allow users to play their favorite games on the go.
Above is the blue prints filed by Nintendo for their VR solution. It’s apparent that it won’t operate through a mechanized system but through the power of the console itself. Through the filed pictures, you can see that a screen must be inserted into the VR headset, similar to how mobile VR operates.
Nintendo has yet to mess around with current VR technology besides Pokemon GO using AR (augmented reality). We expect these VR headsets to release some time after the initial launch of Nintendo Switch.