Nintendo Switched On For VR

VR is awesome. If a company is in tech, they will no doubt be exploring this new market. Nintendo is no different in this regard. With both Microsoft and Sony offering VR for their consoles, and the Vive and the Rift, amongst others, for the PC market.

Bloomberg talked to Tatsumi Kimishima, President of Nintendo, about the future of Nintendo and the position that the Switch will take in that space. Naturally there were 2 key questions asked, both around the impact the Switch will have on the operations.

To the big question, if the Switch will do VR, Kimishima stated:

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.

So, this means that it is unlikely that we will be seeing VR as part of the initial Switch offering. However, given the emphasis that Nintendo has been putting on the accessories, I wonder whether some of them may be able to add additional power to the system to make these kinds of features possible.

It has also been commonly assumed, that as a portable console, that the switch would nudge its way into the portable market. However, Kimishima’s position on the overlap between the mobile nature of the Switch and the portable 3ds’s was also quite clear:

Thanks to our software, the 3DS hardware is still growing. So that business still has momentum. And certainly rather than being cannibalized by the Switch, we think the 3DS can continue in its own form.