Nintendo NX: Latest Patent Suggests Console May Have Kinect Like Features

The new console may be able to measure distance and recognize gestures.

Posted By | On 13th, Mar. 2016 Under News

nintendo nxWhile Nintendo seems like its poised to finally announce the NX in the near future, the company is either working on new concepts or leaving its options open for future updates. A Neogaf user was able to come across some patent filings that look as though they are for some expected features for the new console. If these patent filings are actually going to come to fruition, it appears the NX is going to have some features that might be reminiscent of Microsoft’s Kinect.

Just how smart that move is anyone’s guess, considering that Microsoft came up with the tech first and has since almost abandoned the device. The Neogaf user Disorientator was the one who appears to have pulled the salient details from that filing and the new tech appears to have both gesture recognition software as well as some kind of distance measuring capabilities. The filing includes an infrared camera and GPS tracking.

It’s entirely possible that this tech is going to be used for something other than Kinect like reasons, but when we’re talking about video game consoles, being able to play games with their body seems like the most likely reason for the filing. Of course, since Nintendo isn’t talking about this particular filing we don’t know yet just what the purpose is. It’s possible Nintendo doesn’t even have nay specific uses or reasons for the tech just yet. These kinds of patents tend to get filed a lot just in case the company wants to take action later. We’ll just have to see when the Nintendo NX launches.

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    This Nintendo system will fail just like the wii and the wii u

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  • tplarkin7

    By the look of it, this patent is focused on the hand, not the body. This could be good. Kinect should have focused on the hand. It should have used all it’s power to read the fingers for input. Microsoft treated it like a Holodeck, but we don’t sit in a Holodeck, we sit on a couch with a 2D monitor.

    • FatAlbert1020

      But to me it’s still obsolete. There is NO gesture that is quicker or more satisfying than pushing a button to accomplish the same task. If it fails even once in 100 tries, it’ll bomb. There just isn’t room for gestures in fun, timeless gaming, but that’s my opinion. Can you imagin trying to grab in Smash using a gesture? Yikes

      As odd as it sounds, I think the Wii U was a step in the right direction. In most of the funnest and highly acclaimed games of this gen (Bayonetta. Wind Waker, Splatoon, 3D World, Mario Maker etc) They either have zero motion controls or the option to have them. With a better marketing scheme and a 2010 debut, the Wii U would’ve crushed it.

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  • Eintopf Mitschinken

    The fact that they filed a patent doesn’t mean it has anything to do with the NX. They file patents for pretty much all their ideas.


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