Despite the large amount of information that has been released about the Nintendo Switch, there is still a lot of uncertainty surrounding the console. The biggest unanswered question surrounding the Switch has to do with whether or not its controller uses a touchscreen. Nintendo has not provided any official statement on the matter, and the company even refused to respond when a representative was asked a question about the controller earlier this week.
Many believe that, because the Nintendo Switch’s screen is blank when the console is connected to a television, the controller must not use a touchscreen, since it would be impossible to use the blank screen to interact with the game using touch controls. However, a recent report suggests that this might not be the case.
Let’s Play Video Games, a blog dedicated to gaming and technology, released a report that suggests that one of the Joy-Cons of the Nintendo Switch controller contains an IR pointer, similar to the one used by the Wii Remote. With an IR pointer on the Right Joy-Con, players would be able to point at a sensor near the television to interact with on-screen objects in real time, just like they could on the Wii and the Wii U. This way, when the Switch is played on-the-go, with players physically holding the controller, the touchscreen could be used liberally as an input device; when the console is connected to a television, players could use the IR pointer found in the Joy-Cons to execute the same actions.
Of course, this is just a theory, and there is little evidence to substantiate the claim that the Joy-Cons contain an IR pointer. Some have pointed out that this would drive up the cost of the console, and that Nintendo would be unlikely to use this solution, as the IR pointers would be slower and less precise than a regular touchscreen. The original report is also conflicted on the issue of the location of the IR pointer on the Joy-Con itself. The report suggests that the IR pointer is on the bottom of the Joy-Con, facing downwards. This seems rather suspect, as that would force players to hold the Joy-Con upside-down to point at the television screen.
What do you guys think? Is it possible that the Joy-Cons use IR pointers, like Wii Remotes? Let us know in the comments below!
Source: Let’s Play Video Games