Hackers have released video of the Nintendo Switch’s “VR Mode” firing up, implying that Nintendo’s experiments with VR progressed to the point of being tested on the unit before the company put the idea aside. Back in 2016, Nintendo of America CEO Reggie Fils-Aime told reporters that the company wasn’t interested in the capability because the technologies hadn’t gone mainstream yet and weren’t guaranteed to be well positioned to catch consumer interest.
While that may be true, clearly some work was done at Nintendo to make the Switch VR-capable — at least in theory. Switch modder random666_kys posted a video (in response to a query from fellow hacker OatmealDome) showing the Switch’s Test VR mode firing up with a duplicated video field for each eye, as Ars Technica reports.
The test demonstrates that the screen renders each half separately, in what appeared to be a mode you’d use by inserting the Switch into a headset designed for that purpose. There are a number of reasons for Nintendo to have moved away from this idea.
First, the Switch is larger and heavier than most phones. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 is 6.37 inches long and 3 inches high, while the Switch is roughly 6.57 inches long and 4 inches high.
The Note 9 is 7 ounces while the Switch weighs in at a bit over 10 ounces. It might still be possible to build an HMD to fit a device like the Switch, but the heavier and larger the screen is, the trickier that would be. Read more from extremetech.com…
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