Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto is not yet convinced by Virtual Reality

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Sony, Oculus and Microsoft’s pursuit of virtual and augmented reality devices have yet to impress Nintendo.

Shigeru Miyamoto has shared that while he is intrigued by the technology behind devices such as Oculus Rift, Project Morpheus and HoloLens, Nintendo are “not feeling virtual reality is currently in a place where it’s ready to be released.”

That’s because it goes against the company’s philosophy of delivering experiences that can be shared, rather than enjoyed alone – a restriction that is yet to be overcome.

“The current types of virtual reality aren’t really a good fit for Nintendo’s philosophy of trying to create entertainment that people can play together in the living room,” Miyamoto explained to Yahoo!.

“We’re constantly looking at different technology and experimenting with different elements of it, but we’re not feeling virtual reality is currently in a place where it’s ready to be released – as a product that fits with our philosophy of fitting in the living room.”

He continued, “We’re here at E3 this year to really focus on the games that are launching within the next year or so. We’re not showing off or showcasing anything that’s further down the road, and that’s why you don’t see us here with any samples of potential virtual reality type experiences.”

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After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.

2 Comments

  1. They’re still butthurt from the Virtual Boy

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  2. Is anybody surprised? I wouldn’t call this news…it’s more of a confirmation.
    “Nintendo executive confirms that they will be the last to join the party.”

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