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Nintendo Exec on Why They Don't Pursue 4K/VR: If We Do The Same as Others, We're Doomed To Die

Nintendo France boss Philippe Lavoué gave a frank response to why the company didn't pursue 4K and Virtual Reality so far. After saying that the audience is still too limited, he clarified that doing the same as Sony and Microsoft could doom Nintendo to die just by virtue of being smaller than these huge corporations.

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ccgr307d ago

It's not powerful enough for VR or 4K

KaiPow307d ago

Nintendo's always been about doing their own thing, even if it isn't always the right thing (friend codes).

ABizzel1307d ago (Edited 307d ago )

The power war is a losing battle for Nintendo. They need to focus on creativity and portability, which are their strong suits.

Leave the power and graphics war to PlayStation and Xbox. And speaking of Xbox they need to find a niche of their own so they can find success like Nintendo has with the Switch. NVIDIA helped Nintendo be different with the Switch, maybe MS should reach out to them and see if there's anything they can do to differentiate the Xbox brand, Team double green PConsole.

hiawa23307d ago

Pretty much is the simple real reason.

bluefox755307d ago (Edited 307d ago )

Even if it were, the resolution of the Switch is too low for VR to be a feasible option. Anyone who has ever tried Google Cardboard on a 1080p phone knows how bad the screen door effect is even at 1080p, 720p would look awful.

LoveSpuds307d ago (Edited 307d ago )

I don't get the impression he was making a statement about why they don't try and implement 4K or VR on Switch, he was simply explaining why the went down the hybrid route with Switch INSTEAD OF creating a 4K/VR capable console.

pandehz307d ago (Edited 307d ago )

They did not plan to even design a console for that.

Their idea was so i could cuddle with my gf and have a controller on each hand.

zb1ftw777307d ago

You didn't even understand the article.....

deafdani307d ago

Chances are he didn't even read it.

DillyDilly306d ago

Sometimes being different is a good thing & as we are seeing the every day gamers are loving the Switch

RosweeSon306d ago (Edited 306d ago )

Because they chose not to go down that route they did state quite clearly we do the same as the rest were doomed so they didn’t plan for 4K don’t blame them it’s not the be all end all yet not like when HD took over maybe next year but seriously not all about 4K when you have games as good as Nintendo so sure would look great in 4K but they don’t exactly look bad in current state ;) unless you live and breath 4K gaming which 90% console owners don’t new Xbox1X owners and PC owners sure the majority no

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-Foxtrot307d ago (Edited 307d ago )

Not really. Doesn't have to push boundaries like the rest but when it comes to other things like Online, such as an achievement system or just have a stable online running with a good voice chat I don't see how that would kill you. They seem to think doing the same will kill them when really I think it's pride...they have to be the first ones to do it.

People will want Mario, Zelda, Star Fox, Metroid, F-Zero, Pikman, Kirby, Animal Crossing, Fire Emblem, Kid Icarus, Smash Bros, Pokemon etc so it's not like they'd turn away from those franchises alone.

Theknightofnights307d ago

They specifically mentioned 4K and VR, so I'm not sure why you are mentioning online and voice chat.

-Foxtrot307d ago (Edited 307d ago )'s just an example to show the difference that adding things everyone else won't "kill them" all the time.

They might not want VR or 4K, that's totally fine, but it doesn't stop them adding the smaller things.

Another one...classic games to download on their store. Gamecube games maybe.

Don't know why you are acting like what I've said is malicious...

Theknightofnights307d ago (Edited 307d ago )


I don't really see how you think I'm acting like what you said is malicious...

-Foxtrot307d ago (Edited 307d ago )

Because you're saying "so I'm not sure why you are mentioning online and voice chat" like you think I'm trying to "twist it" into something else. That's why.

If that was the case why make the comment in the first place, what point would you get across telling me what I already know. It wouldn't make sense. So there obviously was a reason to the comment or it was pointless, no way you'd really think I didn't know it was about 4k and VR when I literally made a point of that in my original comment.

Plus going off your comment're quick to defend Nintendo so you might have seen this as some kind of "attack" on them and leapt in.

Theknightofnights307d ago


I replied to your comment because it didn't seem like you read the article. If you didn't appreciate my comment that's fine, but I don't think we need this escalating any further.

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soulrebel307d ago

It's time for F-Zero, 2018 style!

G3ng4r307d ago

Only if they put sega on it. I'd settle for a gx remaster.

WickedLester307d ago (Edited 307d ago )

Switch already has that. It's called Fast RMX. Seriously that game is awesome and a steal right now for 16.99 It's modern day F Zero in every way but name! In fact, it behooves me as to why Nintendo didn't just license the F Zero name out to the developer in the first place. The game is definitely worthy of the name.

SR388306d ago

Been a long time...15 years :(

Seraphim307d ago

I agree trot. It's the games that Nintendo make which bring many to the table. Especially those outside the Nintendo loyalists. The only thing a beefier console would do is cut into Nintendo profits. As they'd see less profit on the machines and spend more in development costs. As gamers, with not only those exclusive games but those exclusive games appealing to people the console will sell.

I've owned NES, Gamecube, Switch. My sister had an SNES while I had the Gensis but because one was in the house I was still able to play a bunch of SNES games I wanted to as a kid. N64 I played the shat out of Bond at friends houses. But see a pattern? NES by default, Gamecube had great games like Metroid Prime, Twilight Princess, Zelda Collection, Mario Sunshine, Resident Evil 4 (which was exclusive), Ikaruga, etc. It was a nice compliment to PS/XB and had some phenomenal games. As for Switch, I didn't buy it for a handheld. I bought it as a compliment console. For Zelda (which was somewhat disappointing), Mario, Xenoblade 2, Kirby, Yoshi, and future Nintendo titles hoping that this time they deliver more than they've been. Plus the hopes to see Twilight Princess in HD on Switch, etc. Wii U I found myself interested in a few times but only for a few games and it was well known that console wasn't going to survive. Point is, aside from loyalists it's the games that bring gamers to the table. Nintendo could do a beefy console and as long as they have those big titles and design an appealing game people will buy. If Sony didn't have all those titles I can honestly say I don't know that I'd still be gaming mainly on PS. Some will insert XB for whatever reasons.

TheMuffDiver307d ago

You always make sense to me Foxtrot! upvotes from me.

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TheOttomatic91307d ago

Well they did the opposite of others with the Wii U didn’t work out so well great then and without any great exclusives coming out this year I doubt we’ll see a successful 2018

Jules__Badguy307d ago

Got the lottery numbers in that crystal ball?


Imalwaysright307d ago (Edited 307d ago )

Its like some of you act dumb on purpose and I have to ask: why?! Pokemon alone would ensure a successful year for the Switch in terms of hardware sales. Neither Sony or MS have exclusives that sell around 15 million copies per game like mainline Pokemon games do and if Pokemon takes advantage of the Switch hardware it could very well be the biggest exclusive of this generation.

galmi307d ago

Adding to pokemon, they do have star fox and many other franchises you knw

The 10th Rider307d ago

Yeah, and not to mention games like Breath of the Wild, Odyssey, and Mario Kart still exist. Each one of those games has already sold as much as most of the top selling games on other consoles (which have substantially larger install bases) and they will continue to sell well for years to come. If Nintendo brings out a decent lineup of Switch software, even if it's a bit scaled back from last year, it'll easily carry them through until Pokemon.

Imalwaysright307d ago

The 10th Rider

Exactly. Nintendo has the strongest 1st party of the big 3.

Xx_Pistol_xX306d ago

@galmi Starfox isn't a big seller for Nintendo. Not like Pokemon, Mario and Zelda.

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Einhander1971307d ago

Sony and Nintendo are completely different beasts, but both offer amazing experiences.

LoveSpuds307d ago

Agreed, between my Pro and my Switch I have been utterly spoiled for choice, I literally cannot keep up with the games.