Japanese videogame maker Nintendo may hold back on launching virtual-reality (VR) products and the technology will probably be left out of its next-generation console, code-named “NX,” due for release in March 2017.
Virtual reality is usually designed for short periods of use because of health concerns, including possible headaches and nausea. It is not recommended for small children, one of Nintendo’s main customer bases.
“We’ve been looking at the technology, but we should also see how it fits into our products that are designed to use for the long term and how parents would feel about their children mounting VR devices,” game designer Shigeru Miyamoto said at an annual shareholder meeting.
Miyamoto, joint creator of Mario, Legend of Zelda and Pikmin, also questioned whether VR is well-suited for experience sharing, including multiplayer gaming or just watching other gamers, which is increasingly popular.