Nintendo has been extremely confusing when it comes to virtual reality. Last spring, Nintendo of America’s Reggie Fils-Aime was quoted saying they were not at all interested in pursuing the technology at this time, but now it seems that the company’s interest has been piqued just a bit.
In a recent conversation with Nikkei, Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima mentioned that the company was currently “studying” adding virtual reality capabilities to the new Nintendo Switch console.
If we are able to resolve the issues with playing [VR] comfortably for long hours, we will support it in one form or another,
It seems that Nintendo is more worried about getting VR to be much more natural and comfortable before it releases it to the masses. A large portion of the developer’s market is kids, so it would make sense that they would want the technology to work well for the younger generation before shipping the hardware. The Nintendo Virtual Boy was already a complete disaster that the company had attempted in the 1980’s, so it makes sense that they would be hesitant about venturing into the space again.
Would you be interested in a virtual reality headset for the Nintendo Switch? There’s a good chance it would be just as popular as the PSVR if not more due to the low price of the Switch, so it would be interesting to see what came of the device.