Today Nintendo announces an affordable and accessible solution to VR: a mass-market Labo kit specially tailored for its Switch console.
A bit ago we reported the Switch could get VR support via its innovative-yet-simple Labo cardboard kits, and this turned out to be true. The VR "headset" isn't like PSVR or Oculus Go; instead they're lower-end Toy-Con VR Goggles that create the illusion of VR. A Switch is slotted into the cardboard kit and special software adjusts the screen for VR gaming. Internal JoyCons tracking allows users to shoot cardboard blasters at aliens and other interactive activities.
Nintendo plans to release two new kits on April 12 that allow consumers to build their own VR experience. The base Nintendo Labo: VR Kit retails for a cool $40 and includes plans to make a blaster, the Toy-Con VR Goggles, and the "headset" to hold everything in place.
- Nintendo Labo: VR Kit: Available at a suggested retail price of $79.99, the complete Nintendo Labo: VR Kit includes the Nintendo Switch software and materials to build all six Toy-Con projects - the Toy-Con VR Goggles, Toy-Con Blaster, Toy-Con Camera, Toy-Con Bird, Toy-Con Wind Pedal and Toy-Con Elephant - as well as a Screen Holder and Safety Cap. It's a good option for kids and families who want to dive in to the full experience.
- Nintendo Labo: VR Kit - Starter Set + Blaster: Available at a suggested retail price of only $39.99, 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. The Starter Set is a great entry point into the world of Nintendo Labo VR.
A recent press release pretty much sums up why Nintendo chose this route:
"Nintendo Labo: VR Kit encourages passing around the Toy-Con creations among a group of people so everyone in the room can easily join in on the fun. To help encourage this social gameplay, players simply slip the Nintendo Switch console into the Toy-Con VR Goggles and hold it up to their eyes to explore numerous games and experiences - no head strap needed."
The Nintendo Switch VR Labo kits will go on sale on April 12, 2019.