Don’t Expect Nintendo to Invest in 4K Anytime Soon

Or VR, for that matter…

Despite the Nintendo Switch being such a monumental success, the question of if/when Nintendo will join the 4K race remains on the minds of many fans worldwide. Well, Nintendo France MD Philippe Lavoué has reiterated Nintendo’s apprehension towards both VR and 4K, stating Nintendo’s continued mission to offer new, unique experiences for consumers.

You can read the statement from Philippe below:

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.

What do you think? Are you happy with the resolution the Switch currently supports? Do you want Nintendo to try out VR? Let us know!

2 thoughts on “Don’t Expect Nintendo to Invest in 4K Anytime Soon”

  1. Nintendo is being cautious. For those technologies, specially the VR, investing in it right now it’s not good for Nintendo. VR games are just dull. As for 4K, the Switch can’t handle that. Why invest in it? I prefer them to be concerned to deliver 1080p with 60 fps than worrying about 4K. Don’t get me wrong 4K is beautiful, I own a 4K TV or UDTV but I barely use its full potential. Maybe 4~6 years from now..? Dunno.

  2. Technically the Switch could output a 4K picture. It uses the same SOC as the Shield TV, the Tegra X1, and that system streams 4K video and outputs an upscaled 4K image for its menus and some games. Obviously not the same as rendering 4K imagery, but it wouldn’t be a negative were a 4K-capable Netflix app appear at some point. More a technical point of reference than a realistic goal for Nintendo, I admit.

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