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Switch system code exposes "VR mode", Nintendo or prepare for VR game

via:博客园     time:2017/8/28 17:01:13     readed:1799

Released for nearly a year, Sony's PlayStation VR has sold nearly 200 million units; Microsoft is about to sell the new host Xbox One X has also said it will support VR games & mdash; & mdash; three game console manufacturers, the only ambiguous attitude, Only Nintendo left.

Although Nintendo did not explicitly have a development plan related to VR games, there were still developers looking for some clues from the new host Nintendo Switch.

According to Twitter users @daeken broke the news, He found some description of the VR mode in the system firmware code of the Switch, and he thought it was not the residual code for NVIDIA (the GPU vendor of the Switch), but Nintendo himself added.

Obviously, the hardware specifications of the Switch, whether it is 6.2-inch 720p display, or NVIDIA Tegra X1 chip, are not suitable for running VR games, but this does not mean that Nintendo VR games are not interested.

As early as 1995, Nintendo had a 32-bit VR game console under the leadership of Yokoi JunpingVirtual Boy, Which is equipped with a headset display, and has a dedicated game handle. Unfortunately, due to technical limitations, Virtual Boy can only display a red color, the game experience is very poor. Until the host delisting, Virtual Boy on the choice of the game is also very small, only 22 models.

Virtual Boy is extremely dismal after listing, becoming the "black history" of the Nintendo game console.

(Nintendo Virtual Boy, Source:Retro Video Gaming)

Having said that, Virtual Boy's failure has accumulated a lot of experience in the field of development for the Nintendo. In June 2016, Nintendo was submitted to the US Patent OfficePatent documentsDisplay, through the Switch's flat body into the headset peripherals, you can avatar VR glasses & mdash; and its principle and Samsung Gear VR similar. However, at this stage in the sale of Switch does not have VR function.

(Nintendo Switch with VR-related patents, Source:NeoGAF)

Interestingly, Nintendo CEO Jun Island has been in the "Nikkei News" interview hadSaid:

Nintendo has been discussing issues related to VR. If one day, we can solve the long time to play VR games bring a sense of vertigo, then perhaps in some form for the Switch to provide VR support.

At present, although Nintendo does not disclose any VR-related game plans, but does not mean you can not play to VR version of the Nintendo game.

Recently, with the Nintendo long-term cooperation million generation dream palace entertainment (BNGI) in Tokyo launched the main VR experienceVR Zone Shinjuku, Which has a hot Nintendo kart game "Mario car VR" (MarioKart VR). With highly customized VR devices, players can experience a full-fled VR kart game.

Perhaps this is the future Nintendo VR game that some look.

("Mario Racing VR" real machine demonstration, Source:YouTube)

Source:Medium

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