At its latest investors briefing Nintendo dropped quite a few details regarding its on-going business plans, but most of it covered what we already knew. One interesting new piece of information has slipped through, however, regarding the latest hot trend in game development: VR, or virtual reality.
This comes from Serkan Toto, CEO of a Japanese mobile game consultancy. Check out his tweet:
So Nintendo (at the briefing) just said no change in plans for the smartphone app roll out. Says they "are looking" at VR – with no details.
— Dr. Serkan Toto (@serkantoto) February 2, 2016
Some of you might be worried this could be a repeat of the Virtual Boy disaster of the mid ’90s, but VR technology has come a long way since those eye-searing days. Not only do we now have hardware manufacturers focused on nothing but the concept, such as the team behind the Oculus Rift, other well respected manufacturers are creating their own VR headsets, like Sony and its PlayStation VR and the tag-team of Valve and HTC on the Vive.
Of course this is no confirmation that Nintendo is going to make a VR headset of its own, as the wording is generally vague. The company, like many consumers, may be holding out to see if the technology takes off commercially or if it is another fad like motion controllers and 3D displays.
Be sure to keep checking back for any further developments.Leave a Comment