The mysterious Nintendo NX may not be out for a while as sources suggest production has been delayed “because Nintendo wished to enhance the game console’s video-game/handheld-game-integrated gaming experience and add virtual reality (VR) function into the system.”
The rumour was reported by Digitimes, a daily newspaper for semiconductor, electronics, computer and communications industries in Taiwan and the Greater China region, rather than some gossipy website, so there may be some truth to the rumour.
Whilst sales of the Wii U have dropped off the various 3DS models are still selling well, and money from Nintendo’s recent expansion in to mobile apps will also help to keep investors happy while the NX gestates.
If Nintendo are adding VR to the console then everyone is onboard with the tech, Sony with PlayStation VR and PS Neo, Microsoft with Oculus and the Xbox Scorpio, and of course than many VR devices available for PC.
If VR is going to flop then it’s going to be hugely expensive for the whole industry, but with every major player on board now, can it really fail? Well, almost every major player, Activision are about the only publisher left to join in, but if they made Call of Duty VR then all bets are off.