Nintendo NX release date delayed to 2017 due to VR inclusion? no presence at E3 2016 event

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It seems that Nintendo fans will have to wait for a good chunk of time before the company releases its next generation gaming console, the Nintendo NX, as the console’s launch has reportedly been delayed to early 2017.

According to Digitimes, the delay is due to the Japanese company’s desire to further enhance its next home console with the addition of virtual reality (VR) capabilities. With the recent release of the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive, the gaming world is now entering the advent of visually enhanced perception gaming and there is a recent VR craze going around in the industry.

While VR is primarily slated to become a large part of the PC gaming community thanks to the platform’s inherent customization and upgradeable capabilities, developers are also working on including VR features in all other major home console platforms. Nintendo’s primary competitors Microsoft and Sony are reportedly trying to incorporate VR-ready capabilities in their Xbox One and PlayStation 4, with rumors speculating either newly enhanced versions of the consoles or maybe new generations.

Nintendo, it seems, has no wish to be left behind and is thus believed to be trying to incorporate VR capabilities to its upcoming Nintendo NX console. News about the console first sprung up in March 2015, with the company’s late chief executive officer Satoru Iwata saying then that “as proof that Nintendo maintains strong enthusiasm for the dedicated game system business, let me confirm that Nintendo is currently developing a dedicated game platform with a brand-new concept under the development codename ‘NX.'”

Any major news about the console, like its specific capabilities and features, has been scarce since then though some were expecting that this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) might finally feature more details about the machine.

Unfortunately, Forbes reported that Nintendo will still be keeping the NX away from E3 2016. While the company will be showcasing a number of other games outside of their initially believed focus on the next “Legend of Zelda” game, the Nintendo NX will still reportedly be absent though the possibility exists that the company might showcase a game intended for the NX, which might indicate when the console will actually release.

With E3 2016 slated to begin June 14, fans will not have to wait much longer.