It looks like Nintendo might be ready to embrace VR technology
Recently leaked patents from Nintendo suggest the company is working on a VR accessory for its hotly anticipated new console. Details from the patent show a VR headset with the Switch’s portable screen inserted inside, making it comparable to the Samsung Gear VR or Google Daydream headsets. This could also mean that the Switch controllers may contain motion sensors, akin to those found in Wii controllers, which would certainly enhance the VR experience.
This isn’t the first mention of virtual reality from Nintendo, Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto recently talked about some of the new technologies the company was working on.
“As for VR, we are researching not just VR but [augmented reality] and many other technologies. We have a range of core technology including 3D, and we are also considering the possibility of implementing these in our own hardware development. For VR in particular, we are continuing our research, and looking into development with a mind to how our current core products are meant to be played for a relatively long period of time.”
This certainly seems a promising step from Nintendo, who we’re sure don’t want to be left behind by the VR hype train. The chances of a VR accessory launching alongside the Switch are unlikely, but fingers crossed we won’t have to wait to long before we can play Mario Kart in virtual reality, maybe not Rainbow Road though, that’s got motion sickness written all over it.