Virtual reality (VR) is coming. Every gamer knows it and the anticipation is building. So much so, that one YouTuber gamer recently jerry-rigged his Nintendo Switch to become a VR headset.
For the uninitiated, the Nintendo Switch is the one of the latest Nintendo developments in portable gaming technology. The tablet-sized, approximately 9” x 4”, device can be attached to a large TV for game play. It can also be a stand-alone portable game console much like its predecessor the Wii U. The Switch comes with many tailor-made games and more are in the pipeline.
The Switch has been well-received with sales at its launch surpassing Wii U launch sales. There have been rumors swirling that Nintendo released the Switch with the further intention of converting it for VR use. Its compact size and price would make it unique among the current VR offerings. For example, the Occulis Rift requires touch controls and a VR Gaming PC and the whole set up costs over $1,000. A Nintendo Switch, by comparison, retails for about $380.
YouTuber Nintendrew decided to see how the Switch would work as a VR device. He found a VR headset called the Durvois Dive 7 which fit the Switch perfectly. He recorded his game play of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, from the Nintendo DS, for viewing on YouTube. He then used the Switch’s web browser to view his recorded YouTube game footage.
The experiment was a success, although it was not a perfect experience. The Switch’s 500 pixel screen does not allow for great resolution. Still, it may be possible that the Switch is just a first step in Nintendo’s development of a compact, affordable, VR system. The company filed a patent last year that could convert the Switch console to a VR device. Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima has explained one stumbling block is any issues that might occur from wearing a VR device for hours at a time.