Stephen E. Dinehart IV may not be a name that is instantly recognizable to Nintendo fans, but it's one they should pay attention to. He's worked a number of years in the game industry on some major titles, but now he's going things alone. Most recently, we shared the following tweet from Stephen.
At the time, we were wondering just what Stephen was involved in. While that's still the case, we at least have a clearer look at his ties to the Switch through a recent blog post he shared. Be warned, his wording is only going to get you more hyped for Switch.
As a Nintendo developer and fan few things get me as excited as the launch of new platforms - yep, hardware. In an age of virtual goods Nintendo develops products and platforms that people love to hold. The reveal coming later this week is sure to surprise old fans and new alike.
It should come as no surprise though, about 20 years ago Nintendo released the first home Virtual Reality (VR) console for consumers. Yes, you read correctly, in 1995 to be precise, first in Japan. Despite the 20 million dollar Ad campaign in North America, Virtual Boy was a flop. One that Nintendo junkies like myself cherish to this day. It only seems natural with the launch of Nintendo's new platform The Switch, a modular HD game console, that VR would be on the product roadmap. Given the right specs, ones yet disclosed, there's no reason VR peripherals wouldn't show for the system and just maybe something more. As a Nintendo and VR/AR developer I can't say much, but I can say the fit is one made in heaven.
...Now as part of the Nintendo team few moments in my life as an emerging tech developer have filled me with so much anticipation - this is one step in evolution you won't want to miss.
Seems like Stephen has reason to believe VR is going to be involved with the Switch. That's not a crazy thought at all, especially considering the patent that popped up recently. All I know for sure is...tomorrow can't get here soon enough.