Multiple Switch Patents Reveal Secrets Untold

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A new series of Nintendo Switch patents surfaced online this past week, revealing multiple features and details about the hardware. These patents boast of Switch functions such as VR, multiple Joy-Cons syncing with one Switch, and the dual combo of motion sensing and touch screen capacity.

The Switch may have the option to be used as a HMD (head mounting display) for Virtual Reality purposes, as this patent demonstrates. Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto previously commented that the company was experimenting with VR technology.

Below is a detailed look at the Switch unit itself, including a look at one of the system’s Joy-Con controllers.

And here is the fabled Joy-Con R, the controller previously rumored, and now demonstrated, to include an IR sensor. This would allow the Joy-Con to control touch-based games when the Switch is docked and connected to a TV.

Nintendo also filed this diagrams detailing the Switch’s internal features, including touch, motion controls (Magnetic Force Sensor), NFC support and IR pointing.

These were originally published on June 25th this year, went live on December 15th, and their discovery can be credited to Neogaf user Rösti. The full thread has many more images and details regarding the Switch’s patents. For now, nothing unannounced is concrete until Nintendo says anything, but with the many Switch rumors vetted by multiple sources this past year, they may likely be true.

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