Nintendo’s president has recently discussed the state and development of augmented reality and cloud gaming.
In a recent Nikkei interview, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa took a moment to discuss AR and cloud-based gaming.
As 3DS users and Pokémon Go fans have already experienced, Nintendo has started to delve into AR technology. However, fans have not seen more from Nintendo in the form of AR since Pokémon GO‘s release in 2016. Furukawa stated that Nintendo is actively researching different uses for it going forward:
Our hardware development teams evaluate all kinds of new technologies available thus far and consult with our software developers. If they determine that a technology can be used with a game, then they will utilize it.
Furukawa was also asked if he believes cloud gaming will render dedicated hardware—such as the Nintendo Switch—obsolete. With the recent launch of Google Stadia and Xbox’s upcoming xCloud service, fans are genuinely curious about where Nintendo stands.
Furukawa believes that cloud gaming could “capture the public’s interest” in the next 10 years, but does not believe consoles will be going anywhere soon. In the interview, he stated that Nintendo is focused on improving the ways people can play on dedicated hardware.