A new Nintendo patent hints at what could be VR support for its upcoming handheld/console hybrid, the Nintendo Switch.

As discovered by NeoGAF user Rösti on the US Patent and Trademark Office's official site, Nintendo filed a patent on something that looks suspiciously similar to a VR headset.

The abstract notes that this peripheral contains two belts that "can be mounted on the head of the user". The diagram's arrow connecting a flat device to an open slot looks very similar to the format favoured by Samsung's Gear VR or Google's Daydream View.

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It's unclear if Nintendo will actually move forward with this idea. Perhaps it was just testing the waters to see what was possible? But who knows, maybe this will be a new trick Nintendo pulls out its sleeve when it formally presents the Nintendo Switch's features on 13th January.

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