Nintendo’s Joy Con controller contains motion tracking camera, other tricks
Nintendo’s Joy Con controller 
Thursday's Nintendo Switch presentation revealed just how high-tech the new Joy Con controllers actually are, with features that surpass even those found in virtual reality wands. Essentially, the Joy Con contains enough buttons (and an individual joystick) to support traditional gaming but also has Wii-like tricks for motion and more.

Nintendo’s Joy Con controller contains motion tracking camera, other tricks
Nintendo’s Joy Con controller 
The most intriguing surprise inside the Joy Con controller is a motion-depth infrared camera, which Nintendo's designers insist can differentiate between distinct hand shapes. To illustrate this, Nintendo reps showed off the controller recognizing hand shapes for rock, paper, and scissors. The tracker will also be able to detect exactly how far an object is from the controller. Nintendo says these will be able to record full video "in the future."

Nintendo’s Joy Con controller contains motion tracking camera, other tricks
Nintendo’s Joy Con controller 
The Joy Con's "HD rumble" feature is advertised as offering more distinct sensations of rumble at particular points inside of the controller. To demonstrate this, Nintendo showed off someone holding a Joy Con and acting like he was shaking a glass with an ice cube inside—and explained that players would feel both the harder rumbling sensation of a cube and the more subtle swishing sensation of water around it.

Nintendo’s Joy Con controller contains motion tracking camera, other tricks
Nintendo’s Joy Con controller 
The Joy Con will additionally include accelerometers, which can track motion in games like Arms, Nintendo's new virtual boxing game. Rather than depend on the Switch console itself to read the NFC data in a Nintendo amiibo toy, the Joy Con will individually be able to read that NFC data. And in expected Nintendo fashion, Joy Cons will ship in various colors. Nintendo demonstrated a pair of Joy Cons attached to a single Switch console with different colors on each (red and blue).

However, Nintendo is being careful not to retrofit Joy Con motion controls onto every single franchise, as evidenced by the reveal of Splatoon 2, coming "this summer" to the Switch. That game will support apparently traditional controls, along with system-tilting gyro options, just like on the Wii U. Meaning, Splatoon 2 players won't have to pull the Joy Cons out and fake like a gunslinger. The system was originally revealed with most of the Joy Cons' weirdest-looking features hidden, and it showed gamers using the Nintendo Switch with those paddles attached to the screen's side in its "portable" mode, as if it were a souped-up 3DS.
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