Published: Sat, March 09, 2019
IT | By Emmett Cole

Nintendo Switch Gets VR Support With New Labo Kit

Nintendo Switch Gets VR Support With New Labo Kit

This is indeed happening in an unexpected way next month with the Nintendo Labo VR Kit. Prior to its reveal, people were speculating about whether Nintendo would create a VR headset, but it never happened. Doing the same with Nintendo's portable Switch console to turn it into VR goggles has a definite logic.

The most affordable offering from Facebook-owned VR company Oculus is the Oculus Go, which retails for US$199, integrates a headstrap, and doesn't need a smartphone after initial setup, while the US$399 Oculus Quest is targeting a Spring 2019 launch. Owners of the latter can pick up the two VR Kit expansions for $20 each. A starter kit which includes the goggles and blaster only will also be available for $39.99, with expansion packs including the elephant and camera, and a "wind pedal" and "bird" also available separately for $19.99 exclusively from Nintendo's online store. Nintendo said: "The Starter Set includes the Nintendo Switch software, plus all the components to build the Toy-Con VR Goggles and Toy-Con Blaster, as well as the Screen Holder and Safety Cap".

While sticking your head inside a pair of VR goggles isn't exactly a social event, Nintendo suggests a more social gathering might be the optimal way to experience the kit.

Google showed off virtual reality designed around cardboard in 2014, but it looks like Nintendo is ready to get in on the action now as well with a new Labo VR kit for the Switch that puts the system inches from your face. This was launched at the same time as the Variety Kit.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, the multiplayer high-speed racer. Additionally, Nintendo will sell two expansion sets priced at $24.99 each for those who buy the Starter Set.

The Nintendo Labo VR kit is out on April 12th. For now, the only software that will work with it are the games that come with the Labo kit. Let us know in the comments section below.

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