Nintendo + eMagin= Rev Visor?

CES is in full swing right now, and apparently what happens in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas. Word ’round the campfire is that Nintendo has “shown interest” in eMagin, a third-party headset maker at the CES show. Supposedly, Nintendo bought several visor units directly from them. eMagin is currently showing off their Z800 3D visor (pictured) at the show. It already supports PCs, but eMagin is now looking for support on the console side of things- they are in talks with all major console marketers. Feel free to run with that.

“Nintendo On”? More like “Nintendo- No!!!”



  1. Thats just gives me a weird feeling. VR wuld work good with rev’s control but maybe its too soon for me.

    Next, will the VR glasses be HD?

  2. If it’s anything like the Z800, then no. It’s resolution is 800×600 pixels (Not the 720i needed to be “HD”), and to lower costs if it is going to be used in the Rev, it’ll probably be cut down to 640×480. eMagin’s Consumer Site:
    Also, I’m not thinking Nintendo will be buying the visors pre-made, unless eMagin’s manufacturing cost is much lower than the price they’re selling it at. More than likely, if Nintendo were to have a visor for the Rev, they’d use eMagin’s small OLED tech, but not the visor itself. That way, much more of the manufacturing is kept in-house. This is speculation, of course. 🙂

  3. I doubt any in box visors coming with rev, but maybe they would allow a visor to port to Rev.

    But nintendo is more or less first party on almost all of there products so unless eMagin’s going to take a Mad Katz approch and port their stuff trough existing outlets Nintendo is going to buy a lot of rights to the visor.

    This too is just speculation 😉

  4. Judging from Nintendo’s history, there’s no chance that they would pass up an opportunity to do a visor if a 3rd party company was to do it themselves. It only makes sense: if there will be a visor, Nintendo will make it. eMagin could make their own, but Nintendo would not let a 3rd party ever do something like that on their own. Especially if it turns out to be a hit. The only time they didn’t was with the Power Glove, and that sort of was controlled by Nintendo, even if it was made by Mattel. 🙂

  5. I must say, looking down with a visor on and seeing my virtual arm that moves the same as my real arm (because I’m holding a revmote)… Pretty exciting. But I don’t see it happening.

  6. I just came up with an incredible idea. What if there won’t be a visor? Instead, how about an attachment to, say, your forehead (Please excuse the foolishness of the idea), and let it control the camera. Think about it: It’s cheap, and it gives the illusion of depth. How? Because when you look from a certain angle, the display responds with an image generated for that angle. Maybe that’s what the patent about how things will look the same on screen no matter where you look comes into play! It’s as if you could move around the TV somewhat, and you can see depth! Very interesting, if you ask me. 🙂

  7. Hmm… Wouldn’t you have to look away from the TV when you moved your head?

  8. NO! SG007 was right!

  9. How would a visor benefit gaming as a whole? A visor really only benefits genres that deal with a first-person perspective.

    For games like SSB it would be impractical since you can’t see what’s happening behind you.

    I doubt Nintendo would come out with a visor, they’re not that crazy.

  10. This is a copy of the email I sent to John Atherly at concerning Nintendo and the usage of Emagin Technology concerning the Revolution… Don’t believe me, then contact the man yourself and get an email that says this.

    From: Michael DeGraffenreid []
    Sent: Wednesday, January 04, 2006 12:41 PM
    Subject: Emagin VR Sets-School Project

    Mr. Atherly, First of all I would like to say that I am very excited to see the Emagin Virtual Reality technology brought into the marketplace. Since of early June I have heard of this technology and have kept a good eye on its whereabouts and users. I have recently seen an article posted by IGN stating that Nintendo had recently bought numerous kits for this product. This, is very exiting news. My question is will Nintendo incorporate this product into their upcoming console, the code-named Nintendo Revolution? If not, do you think that they will continue to experiment with Emagin’s VR device for a future console.

    Thank you for your time and consideration

    Respectfully, Michael DeGraffenreid


    The Revolution rumor involving eMagin is false.



  11. Talk about a blunt response

  12. Yeah, saint, how exactly is that supposed to work if your TV is stationary?

  13. Serious Gamer Is real after all!!!!!

  14. I have visited Emagin’s facilities, and know them well. In my opinion there is absolutely no way they could produce at a quantity, quality and price necessary for ANY consumer electronics company to seriously consider working with them.

    They also have been in perpetual near-bankruptcy.

    That being said, the device is very nice for what it is, and they do sell some units for military applications.

  15. If it’s anything like the Z800, then no. It’s resolution is 800×600 pixels (Not the 720i needed to be “HD”), and to lower costs if it is going to be used in the Rev, it’ll probably be cut down to 640×480.

    720i doesn’t exist as an HD resolution. 720 only comes in progressive, not interlaced scan.

  16. 720i doesn’t exist as an HD resolution. 720 only comes in progressive, not interlaced scan.
    My apologies. I meant 720p. 720i is EDTV.

  17. Guys, I’m sorry but this should be a no-brainer. I’d be extrememly extremely surprised if Nintendo released such a product. Why? The core philosophy of the Revolution. That ANYONE in the family should be able to pick it up and play, including grandma and grandpa. I don’t really see my 85 year old grandmother (who CAN operate a DirecTv remote) using a VR visor. Also, Nintendo is big on Revolution being entertainment for the whole family, i.e., instead of playing a board game on a saturday, they’d all sit down to play the Rev…it’s kind of hard to do that when the rest of the family can’t see what you’re doing onscreen.

    Highly doubtful.

  18. I would love to play a RE(4)game on that =D if only it had better resolution =/, but i can definately see those googles being used in later years. Maybe we’l have a virtual RE7,8,9,10 on it =D holy crap that would be scary…


  19. Can someone clear up one issue for me? Namely –

    Will the Rev be displaying graphics at 852x480p (ie true widescreen)




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