Nintendo Switch won’t be getting some great PS4 or Xbox One features
Nintendo Switch is less than a year old, but has already been a huge success – quickly making up ground on the PS4 and Xbox One.
In its first nine months, the Switch has sold at incredible 10million units, with Nintendo targeting 20million consoles sold in its second year on sale.
For a console that is less than a year old, the Switch also has an enviable library of exclusives games.
The Nintendo Switch is home to the the two best reviewed games of 2017 – Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
And it’s got plenty of of exclusives lined up that will surely see by the truckloads, including the highly anticipated Pokemon Switch.
But it looks like the Switch will not be featuring a number of great features that the PS4 and Xbox One boasts.
Nintendo has revealed that they are not looking to explore virtual reality or 4K support.
Microsoft supports 4K with the Xbox One X and Xbox One S, whereas Sony supports 4K with the PS4 Pro and VR with the PS VR.
Nintendo Life reported the comments from Nintendo France MD Philippe Lavoué, who reiterated Ninty’s stance on 4K and VR.
Speaking to French publication Les Numériques, he said: “If you look at VR headsets, I doubt they can appeal to the mainstream.
“Consumers are not patient with entertainment if you’re not able to deliver an all-inclusive package.
“As far as 4K is concerned, is it useful to invest in a technology that has not been adopted by the majority?
“Where are 4K TVs now? Is it a good idea to invest in a technology before consumers do? We can’t invest in everything.
“And what novelty would we bring compared to our competitors?
“If we do the exact same thing than everyone else, we’re bound to die because we are smaller than them.
“With the Switch, we offer different uses, adapted to players’ pace of life. Its advantage is being able to fit into your daily life.”
While Lavoué’s comments may disappoint some Switch fans, Nintendo are always at their best when they innovate and play by their own rules.
The Nintendo Wii, DS, 3DS and Switch have all been huge sellers and offered something very different to the competition from Sony and Microsoft.
The Wii U was one instance where Nintendo’s bold designs didn’t pay off in terms of sales.
But the last time Nintendo truly tried to match Sony and Microsoft in terms of pure consoling power was the Gamecube.
And that console sold a few million less than the original Xbox, and was dwarfed in sales by the PS2 – the best selling console of all time.
Some fans may be disappointed by the reluctance to support 4K or VR, but the Switch sales shows Nintendo is doing plenty of things right at the moment.
The news comes after Nintendo recently held a Nintendo Direct Mini at the start of the year, showcasing a host of brand new Switch games.
Dark Souls Remastered, Mario Tennis Aces, Hyrule Warriors and Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze were all announced during the Direct Mini.
The World Ends With You Final Remix and SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy were also announced during the first Nintendo Direct of 2018.
Nintendo Switch won’t be seeing 4K support or VR add-ons anytime soon
It had been rumoured that GTA 5 and Red Dead Redemption Remastered were going to get announced for the Nintendo Switch during the Nintendo Direct this month.
But for fans hoping for details on GTA 5, Super Smash Bros and Pokemon Switch soon, they shouldn’t lose hope.
This is because every single Nintendo Direct Mini so far has been followed up with a full Nintendo Direct presentation just a few weeks later.
Reddit user Natzore noticed that the time between a Nintendo Direct Mini and a full Nintendo Direct presentation has never been more than 20 days.
Major announcements are usually held back for full Nintendo Direct presentations, so the Japanese gaming giant could be readying some big news for fans.
And the timelines so far would indicate another Nintendo Direct happening either in January or early February.