Nintendo NX Spec Rumors Say The Console's Games May Support Open-Source Virtual Reality

(Photo : Nintendo/Facebook) Nintendo NX and virtual reality are paired once more in a new spec rumor from China. A secondary source reports that a hardware maker called Pixart could help bring VR to the upcoming console. The Nintendo NX is expected to release in February of next year.

Nintendo NX spec rumors keep coming, and the latest chatter suggests that the console may support open-source virtual reality for certain games. This would allow the 2017 machine to compete with the likes of Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR.

The news comes to Design & Trend via Chinatimes as referenced by the sometimes-accurate Digitimes. The report should be taken with a grain of salt, but it's certainly interesting.

As indicated by the secondary source, Nintendo allegedly has a production partnership with a certain chipmaker called Pixart. While the outfit is most known for its heart-rate monitoring hardware, mentions are also made to "tape-out chips supporting VR technology by the end of 2016." These chips "will support next-generation Nintendo NX game machines."

That being said, consulting the translated Chinese source paints a far less concrete picture of the relationship. It's mentioned that Pixart joined the open-source VR organization last year and will finalize a chip using the technology by the close of 2016. With that in mind, Industry insiders and investors "expect" that the new product could easily be inserted into Nintendo's next-gen pipeline.

The main difference here is that the original source seems far more hypothetical about the idea. It's mentioned that Pixart has been testing how its heart-rate monitor can be used in conjunction with augmented reality experiences like the recently released "Pokemon Go." Given the mobile game's breakout popularity, the insinuation is made that Nintendo could theoretically tap Pixart if it wanted to delve deeper into expanding those ambitions. It's also worth noting that former Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata had expressed interest in health and heart monitors prior to his death.

Regardless if it's truly a part of the NX picture or not, open-source virtual reality is reasonably similar to what's offered by competitive headsets from Oculus and Sony. The main difference is, however, that it claims to be the least restrictive VR development platform available. It's also able to run on machines with slightly lower specs.

From our point of view, this rumor bears a striking resemblance to conversations about a new Nintendo handheld that sparked earlier this year. While the hardware was mentioned in reference to a hypothetical business analysis, several U.S. publications reported it as fact. The same language twisting seems to be going on here.

If true, it wouldn't be the first time we've heard virtual reality mentioned in tandem with NX. Another Digitimes rumor said that the console's launch had been delayed to 2017 to support VR features. Nintendo officials claim that they are only in the experimentation phases of utilizing virtual reality in the console space.

Nintendo NX is expected to release in February of next year.

What do you think of this rumor? Will the Nintendo NX leverage open-source VR or some kind of heart monitor? Tell us in the poll and comments section!

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