Why virtual reality gameplay makes Miyamoto feel uneasy

Thursday, 19 June 2014 10:00 GMT By Dave Cook

Wii U is in direct contrast to virtual reality gameplay, according to Nintendo’s game boss Shigeru Miyamoto. He’s said that while the firm is interested in VR tech, that’s not how it wants Wii U players consuming games.

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It follows our gallery of photos that show Miyamoto being the happiest person at E3 2014 last week. Look at him smile.

Speaking with TIME, Miyamoto offered his thoughts on VR technology such as Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus, saying, “When you think about what virtual reality is, which is one person putting on some goggles and playing by themselves kind of over in a corner, or maybe they go into a separate room and they spend all their time alone playing in that virtual reality, that’s in direct contrast with what it is we’re trying to achieve with Wii U.”

He added, “So I have a little bit of uneasiness with whether or not that’s the best way for people to play. From Nintendo’s perspective, there’s interest in the technology, but we think it might be better suited to some sort of attraction style of entertainment, say something at a video game arcade or things like that, rather than something that one person plays alone.”

Miyamoto stressed that Nintendo is still interested in VR technology, but made clear that its aim for Wii U is to craft games that can be played by everyone in their living room.

“We want the Wii U to be a game system that brings video gamers into the living room,” he closed. “It’s intended to be fun not only for the person who’s playing, but also for the people who are watching.”

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Via MCV.

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