Miyamoto Doesn't Seem To Be A Big Fan Of Virtual Reality

Or, to be more specific, he doesn't think it fits in with his idea of what Nintendo should be doing in the video game space.

In an interview with Time Magazine, he explained his views.

"When you think about what virtual reality is," Miyamoto said, "which is one person putting on some goggles and playing by themselves kind of over in a corner, or maybe they go into a separate room and they spend all their time alone playing in that virtual reality, that’s in direct contrast with what it is we’re trying to achieve with Wii U. And so I have a little bit of uneasiness with whether or not that’s the best way for people to play."

Earlier this week, Miyamoto was photographed trying out the latest version of the Oculus Rift, which led many to wonder what a Nintendo VR game would look like. What would Miyamoto do with VR? The answer I suppose, is nothing!

Of course Nintendo has been burned with VR technology in the past with Virtual Boy, so you can understand Miyamoto's reservations. That being said, I see Virtual Reality as something that can work as a social experience — particularly in the future, when the tech is cheaper, portable and ubiquitous.

This Is What Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto Thinks of Virtual Reality [Time]


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    I think he should have said, "that’s in direct contrast with what it is we’re trying to achieve with Wii U. with the titles we release." The Wii U may not be powerful enough to fully support VR in the same way the PS4 will, but that doesn't mean there aren't Nintendo properties that would kick major arse with VR support.
    A VR capable Metroid Prime game - one where the absolute borders of the VR display were Samus' helmet, and where you saw your own face in the reflection when you shoot a missile at a wall? Yes please. (Yeah, alright, it may not work, given that Samus is a lady and I'm not, but still...)

      VR Metroid Prime would be PERFECT... Actually, I'm getting ahead of myself, I'll settle for just a Wii U Metroid Prime with the gamepad for scanning, get that happening first please!

        I'll second that. Just to know a new Prime is coming would be enough, for now.

          There is a Metroid Prime hack for the OR
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrU8xQRIryY
          They also did pokemon which i personally think is pretty cool the battles could be much more awesome in a VR Space
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VuuHFga66U

    “When you think about what virtual reality is,” Miyamoto said, “which is one person putting on some goggles and playing by themselves kind of over in a corner, or maybe they go into a separate room and they spend all their time alone playing in that virtual reality,

    Does Miyamoto know about online?

    A mario kart with an Oculus and a steering wheel, playing with other people sounds like a hell of a lot of fun and not a loner-ish activity as he makes it seem.

    Last edited 19/06/14 10:46 am

      That sounds like vomit-inducing actually. Especially in MK8 that has anti-grav sections of the track.

      Last edited 19/06/14 11:38 am

      He does, however it's still just "one person putting on some goggles and playing by themselves kind of over in a corner, or maybe they go into a separate room and they spend all their time alone playing in that virtual reality,"

      Nintendo seems to prefer more of a social experience with their gaming, being able to play with a friend in the room, even single player titles. Concidering a lot of games these days only have 'Online' as the only option for multiplayer/co-op, I'm perfectly happy to have them preferring to have actual people playing in the same room.

    And once again, Nintendo seems to have missed the memo that video games no longer require everyone to travel to the same place and sit in the same room in order for it to be a social experience.

      I think Nintendo just consider being in the same room a *better* social experience.

        +1 and i'd agree. i've never had an online multiplayer experience that has been more fun than a room full of people around a split screen mario kart battle.

      And yet I leap at the chance to spend time in the real world gaming with the guys. It's just more enjoyable.

    I actually agree with him. Games were always more fun when you could mess around with your friends while playing. Wether it may be a lan party or just a simple console multiplayer.

      Thats not going to be a reality for me most of the time. I have friends, they don't play games.
      I play some online in a clan group it's fun but they all live 4000Km away, so no sleep overs.

      Gimmie a new immersive experience.

    Would co-op VR goggles change his mind? Glue two Oculus headsets together front-to-front and have a game that requires the two players to move in sync in order to play the game.

    While it might sound silly, is it really any sillier than vitality sensors?

    ...which is one person putting on some goggles and playing by themselves kind of over in a corner, or maybe they go into a separate room and they spend all their time alone playing in that virtual reality, that’s in direct contrast with what it is we’re trying to achieve with Wii U.Seems like a bit of an ironic thing to say about a system that's designed to transfer gameplay to a handheld device so you can go sit in the corner if the TV's being used or take it to your room.

    This coming from a man who spews out the same franchise year after year, worse than COD.

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