Thursday February 02, 2017

Nintendo President Shares Switch Online Services Pricing, VR Considerations

Whew, we finally have some good news regarding pricing with the Nintendo Switchآ—it turns out that the online service will cost less than $30 annually, which is significantly cheaper than Xbox Gold and PlayStation Plus. The President also mentions that the company is pursuing VR functionality with the console, but considering the current state of its hardware, I am willing to bet that will be reserved for the inevitable "Pro" version.

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The upgrades will likely apply to multiplayer online gaming and the library of downloadable classic games, and carry an annual fee of 2,000 yen to 3,000 yen ($17.60 to $26.40). "With paid [services], we will be able to fully commit to customers," said Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima. Online multiplayer and other services are available for free on the predecessor Wii U console. For the Switch, Nintendo is introducing a smartphone chat app as well as monthly downloads of classic games. The Switch will hit stores in March. Kimishima also said Nintendo is "studying" adding virtual reality functionality to the new console. "If we are able to resolve the issues with playing [VR] comfortably for long hours, we will support it in one form or another," he said, without providing a time frame.