A recently published Nintendo patent shows that there is a new Nintendo Switch virtual reality (VR) headset. Nintendo Switch specs are getting a face-hugging accessory and is set to compete with PlayStation and Oculus Rift.
What is the Nintendo Switch VR Headset?
Nintendo Switch specs have upgraded and have joined the modern day virtual reality hype. The Japanese gaming company patented for a head-mounted display. This would hold the Nintendo Switch tablet for its Nintendo Switch console. The company filed the patent in June, right before the unveiling of the Switch.
As per The Verge, the VR headset was said to “enhance the sense of immersion” and could include its own tracking sensors or use ones already on the tablet. Wearers would play games by sliding off the Switch’s removable controllers, which could hypothetically also feature Wiimote-esque motion sensors.
The VR headset covers a range of possible configurations. The patent shows that the Switch tablet slides into a front slot, and users wear it with a wraparound headband.
The Nintendo Switch specs include a hybrid screen that works as the base for a TV-connected console. It can also be used as an on-the-go gaming tablet like its other competition in the market. It can be inserted into a VR headset.
The patent image seen by member of gaming forum NeoGAF shows a headset similar to that of the Samsung Gear VR or Google Daydream View.
However, Nintendo has not yet fully confirmed this innovation in the Nintendo Switch specs.
What Lies Ahead of the Nintendo Switch VR Headset?
But Nintendo game designer Shigeru Miyamoto mentions that this doesn’t mean that Nintendo is developing a VR accessory or even thinks it would be a good idea. He said in The Verge interview that VR is “one technology that I’m often commenting about… and it’s one that I’m definitely interested in”. He added that “it’s one that I think that, given the environment right now, is difficult to bring to market in a way that reaches the broadest audience.”
But this does not mean that the Nintendo Switch would work great for mobile VR. It is bulky even though it is more powerful than the average phone-powered headset.
Nintendo CEO Tatsumi Kimishima has said in The Verge interview that there will be more accessories for the modular console for its launch in March. The VR headset could be among them.
“If you asked as if [VR] 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,” Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima said in a Bloomberg interview.