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Developer hypes up Switch, teases potential VR capabilities

Posted on January 11, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in News, Switch

Stephen Dinehart IV has worked on games such as Company of Heroes, F.E.A.R. 3, and more. Last September, he mentioned signing an NDA indicating that he’s on board as a Switch developer.

Dinehart followed up on that by writing about Switch and Nintendo in general as part of a new LinkedIn blog post yesterday. What he had to say was quite interesting, to say the least.

Throughout the post, there’s talk about Nintendo’s involvement with VR – such as how the company technically dabbled with it first with Virtual Boy. He later says that with Switch, “it’s only natural that one of the first players in the home VR market would once again stake its claim.” He closes out by saying the system “is one step in evolution you won’t want to miss.

Below are some notable excerpts from the post:

“As a Nintendo developer and fan few things get me as excited as the launch of new platforms – yep, hardware. In an age of virtual goods Nintendo develops products and platforms that people love to hold. The reveal coming later this week is sure to surprise old fans and new alike.

It should come as no surprise though, about 20 years ago Nintendo released the first home Virtual Reality (VR) console for consumers. Yes, you read correctly, in 1995 to be precise, first in Japan. Despite the 20 million dollar Ad campaign in North America, Virtual Boy was a flop. One that Nintendo junkies like myself cherish to this day. It only seems natural with the launch of Nintendo’s new platform The Switch, a modular HD game console, that VR would be on the product roadmap. Given the right specs, ones yet disclosed, there’s no reason VR peripherals wouldn’t show for the system and just maybe something more. As a Nintendo and VR/AR developer I can’t say much, but I can say the fit is one made in heaven.

… In fact, Nintendo was the first into the 3D market, dare I say VR/AR, with their Nintendo 3DS – still the best selling video game console of all time.

Nintendo has arguably always been ahead of the curve starting with the global game boom of the late 1800’s. With R&D periods that span decades and the launch of a new powerful console, the Nintendo Switch, it’s only natural that one of the first players in the home VR market would once again stake its claim.

Now as part of the Nintendo team few moments in my life as an emerging tech developer have filled me with so much anticipation – this is one step in evolution you won’t want to miss.

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  • Roto Prime

    Maybe the VR Animal Crossing dream will come true!

    • Abra

      ya but i just do not think it is possible for Switch to do VR. i think this news is nothing but hot air. if PS4 can barely do VR how would Switch do it when it is less powerful then PS4? i think PS4 Pro & Xbox Scorpio will be where VR takes off

      • Roto Prime

        I’m thinking 3DS level graphics, I’m picturing Samsung VR level power for the Switch. But who know, maybe the Super Switch will do VR.

      • Mr Ninty

        you dont have to do it good, you have to do it right

  • Jonny

    “… Given the right specs, ones yet disclosed”
    Well that has me intrigued

  • MaybeHitler

    Lol, can’t wait to see the outpouring of VR dismissers suddenly change their tune because Nintendo is doing it now.

    • Abra

      L:OL Xd so true

    • CCLLR

      VR was never, is not, and will never be the future of videogames. It’s just another gimmick like simulators, motion controllers or additional screens. As a big N fan, I’m not even interested in it.

    • AJK

      Nah. Vr is awful. I’ve used all the major vr devices released so far and none of them are good for gaming. Unless Nintendo manages the unimaginable then Switch vr won’t be the future of gaming either.

  • nemo37

    The system is capable enough of doing mobile VR, but unless Nintendo is planning on releasing a dedicated headset (which I doubt) I cannot see them being able to pull off offering a head mounted VR setup with the Switch’s built-in LCD display, especially if the display is 720P (considering the display is 6″, even 1080P would be too low).

  • awng781

    “…with their Nintendo 3DS – still the best selling video game console of all time.”

    I think this person is mistakening the DS with the 3DS.

    The Switch’s modular design is definitely convenient for VR, but the rumored 720p screen means the VR experience will be limited. Expect the Switch’s VR experience, if it even exists, to be similar that of Samsung’s Gear VR, not PS VR or HTC Vive.

  • SadaoMaou

    Never had interest in this “VR”.
    Strapping a TV to your face with some sort of motion control and possibly getting motion sickness is not VR.

  • tHe_MaN_wItH_nO_hAnD

    What? not a rumor? how am i supposed to blindly believe this if it’s not from some internet troll?

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  • Justin McQuillen

    “Nintendo has arguably always been ahead of the curve starting with the global game boom of the late 1800’s.”

    This is completely true, yet when I bring it up in the present I still get people who call me a fanboy. I’m not, I’m just a fan of excellent game design. I don’t see anything on PS4 or Xbox One or even PC for that matter that comes anywhere close to basic stuff like Majora’s Mask by any relevant factor such as level design, character complexity, content density, music scores, art style, or anything. Only a few developers come even close, and often times they are developers with a past history of at one point working together with Nintendo on a project. Sega is the real MVP because they were able to make games that were good based upon their own merits of design independent of Nintendo’s ideas, like NiGHTS into Dreams.