Nintendo's NX console probably won't use VR

We know very little about Nintendo's NX gaming platform, but it seems we can safely rule out virtual reality as a key feature of the system after both legendary designer Shigeru Miyamoto and Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime offered unflattering opinions on the immersive technology.

"I've seen virtual reality, and we experiment with virtual reality and different technologies. We're quite interested in it, but at the same time, Nintendo's philosophy is that we create products that are going to be played with everyone in the living room. And we don't feel that virtual reality is a good fit for that philosophy," Miyamoto told NPR.

He added: "And so, while I can't say whether there will be a technology in the future that's a virtual-reality-type experience that fits with that or not, we're here at this conference to showcase the products that we're going to be selling in the next year or so. We don't have anything in the near future that fits that, and so that's why we're not showing anything in the virtual reality space this year."

These comments follow those made by Fils-Aime, who told Polygon that he wasn't impressed by VR.

"What we believe is that, in order for [VR] to move forward, you need to make it fun and you need to make it social," he explained.

"I haven't walked the floor, so I can't say in terms of what's on the floor today, but at least based on what I've seen to date, it's not fun, and it's not social. It's just tech."

Nintendo NX will be unveiled in 2016.


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