According to a recent patent by Nintendo, Switch will get 3D gameplay support in the future. Previously, we saw 3DS using the glasses-free technology and we all can agree that it was well ahead of its time. Since the shutdown of 3DS production, a lot has changed and the company has shifted towards its hybrid console so we can expect this new technology to arrive in the next rumored upgrade of the Nintendo Switch.
The “Eye Tracking Enabled 3D Viewing” patent was filed last year in September and it was published recently by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
The main purpose of this technology is to turn your TV display into a 3D gaming display for Nintendo Switch. This device will be able to track your eye movements in order to deliver an optimal 3D image on the Switch. There’s no need for 3D glasses with this device as it uses an eye-tracking device placed on the top of the display to track movements of Switch players.
These movements can be improved further by wearing a marker on your head as shown in the image below and it’s very small so won’t block your view.
Viewpoint movement detection can provide collision-related game logic benefits such as allowing a player to dodge projectiles, giving a game character an ability to ‘see’ the player when not behind line-of-sight obstacles, and other advantages
Take this all with a grain of salt as the image shown is actually old so it could be just another patent filed by the company. However, anything can happen in the future so it’s good to see that Reggie Fils-Aimé has some amazing ideas for the future of Nintendo consoles.
Rumors aside, it’s time to head back and start playing new games on the hybrid console. The hit MOBA game SMITE is now finally available on Nintendo Switch with Founder’s Pack. The game is able to run at 60 FPS on the portable console and it also comes with cross-play support allowing you to play with your friends over Xbox One and PC.
A game like SMITE using this technology on Nintendo’s handheld would be amazing.
We also have Mortal Kombat 11 to play on Nintendo Switch in 2019 and it’s fantastic, according to NetherRealm. According to the recent rumors, Mortal Kombat 11 will release later on Switch but will be slightly toned down to run better on Nintendo Switch hardware.