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Nintendo Switch patent hints at possible VR headset support

A patent filed by Nintendo with the US Patent Office shows prospects of a VR headset compatibility with the gaming console

By: Tech Desk |
December 16, 2016 6:30:53 pm
Nintendo, Nintendo switch, nintendo switch VR support, Nintendo switch vr compatibility, Nintendo switch attachments, gaming, console gaming, technology, technology news Nintendo Switch is expected to be launched sometime in early 2017

Nintendo’s upcoming gaming console, Switch might be coming out early next year and a new patent suggests that it might be also getting virtual reality support. It’s not like the tablet-like console was less of an eye catcher to begin with when it comes to features. The patent shows a VR headset similar to the ones that are being used with phones today that will allow the display to slide in at the front for 3D viewing.

Nintendo has filed the patent with the US Patent Office as reported by Engadget. A patent is no guarantee of a concept coming to life. This patent application even if fully granted will not necessarily mean that the concept will be incorporated in shipping products, and might just be an application to deter a competitor to develop upon the same idea.

At your home, Nintendo Switch sits on a dock that is connected to your TV. While connected to the dock, Switch works like a regular console that can be played on using a dedicated controller. The two controls on the side of the controller can slide off (known as Joy-Con controllers) and attach to a connect to a portable screen on the sides.

The same controllers slide onto a grip accessory, which looks like a regular console controller. If you want to keep the screen down on a table, the Joy-Con controllers can slide off and used wireless in each hands to control the game.

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