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Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto still has problems with virtual reality

by Ron Duwell | February 14, 2017February 14, 2017 3:00 pm PDT

As virtual reality starts to become an actual reality on the retail market, Nintendo’s legendary game developer Shigeru Miyamoto still has problems developing games for it. Aside from going against his highly-documented desires to create social games that you can play with friends in a living room, he also believes that different age groups should also be wary of over-exposure to VR.

Speaking with Time, Miyamoto claims that he thinks parents will struggle with virtual reality as it becomes difficult to monitor what their children are seeing.

But when I see people play virtual reality, it makes me worry, just as for example if a parent were to see their kid playing virtual reality, it would probably make them worry.

Virtual reality also can’t be played for an overly long time by many people, and Miyamoto is unsure how to create a fully fledged game in the ideal time allowed by the current standards.

Another issue and challenge that I think everybody faces is how to create an experience that’s both short enough while also fully fleshed out in virtual reality.

He does, however, admit that other issues he has with virtual reality have been addressed, and Nintendo is thinking of ways to approach them.

In terms of being together online in virtual reality, I think a lot of the problems have been solved or are starting to be solved. This is something that we’re looking into, too.

The Nintendo Switch doesn’t need VR to be a success

Let the PlayStation, Xbox, and PC markets duke it out over virtual reality dominance. Nintendo is targeting the portable market, and it is doing it without a direct competitor for the first time in recent history. No PSP or PS Vita can make a dent in its dominance this time around. Plus, Virtual reality can be played in a living room, but taking it outside is next to impossible.

It is through convenience and accessibility that Nintendo will find success, and virtual reality can only hold it back at this point. Once, or even if, someone else cracks the code and makes virtual reality a sensation that can’t be ignored, Nintendo will naturally be there to put its own spin on it.

Until then, for Nintendo, it’s just tech.

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Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...

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