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Nintendo Switch Latest News: Patent Shows VR Headset For Switch

By Edge Ison , Dec 16, 2016 02:44 AM EST
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Virtual gaming may become a reality for Nintendo Switch owners. That is, if the recently published patent is fully utilized by the gaming company.

In a patent filed in June and published recently, Nintendo describes a display that could be mounted on the head similar to current VR headsets in the market such as the Gear VR from Samsung and Google's Daydream headset.

A NeoGAF member was the first to see the patent which mentioned that the device aims to "enhance the sense of immersion" of the Switch user. The patent also said that the supposed VR headset would have its own tracking sensors. Another option is to use the sensors on the Switch itself.

Included in the patent are simple figures showing the supposed VR device which has a front slot where the tablet part of the Switch could be placed by simply sliding it in. The device has two round holes for the eyes and a strap to place around the head.

A report by The Verge indicated that Nintendo game designer Shigeru Miyamoto recently mentioned in an interview that he is interested in virtual reality but admitted that it will be difficult to bring VR accessories to the market at the moment. Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima also said before that he was interested in the concept of virtual gaming but he did not specify of any immediate plans to penetrate the industry in the near future.

 A VR headset for the Switch will definitely give the users of the console a whole new experience. It is still too early to assume that virtual gaming will indeed be possible with the Switch but one can safely assume that playing Switch-confirmed games such as "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild", "Seasons of Heaven", "LEGO City Underworld", and "Dragon Quest XI" will take the player to worlds that they wouldn't want to leave.

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