Nintendo Switch Gets VR Support With New Labo Kit


Set to arrive next month, the Nintendo Labo VR kits will come in a few different options.

The new Toy-Con is available in two configurations: the complete VR Kit set includes the Switch software and materials to build all six Labo VR projects-VR Goggles, Blaster, Camera, Bird, Wind Pedal, and Elephant.

It's been rumored for years, but now the Switch console is finally getting virtual reality support by way of Nintendo Labo.

The inventive Toy-Con Garage mode - included as part of all Nintendo Labo software - returns with Nintendo Labo: VR Kit, offering basic programming tools for players to experiment with.

The company will use its DIY cardboard accessories to help turn the Switch into a makeshift VR headset, akin to how Google was able to turn the smartphone into a VR portal through Cardboard.

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"We wanted to design an experience that encourages both virtual and real-world interactions among players through passing around Toy-Con creations", said newly-appointed Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser. Both sets also include a safety cap and screen holder, for people who prefer to play the minigames in traditional 2D. That's the more expensive of the two. The Nintendo Labo: VR Kit - Starter Set + Blaster and complete Nintendo Labo: VR Kit will be available in stores on 12 April. One includes all Toy-Con creations and the other is a smaller, introductory kit.

Note that this is just a virtual reality set for the Labo, this won't suddenly let you play Breath of the Wild in VR.

The kit of very fancy cardboard (as well as the Labo software) will be available April 12. Those looking to get their feet wet can begin with the Starter Set, which includes the VR Goggles as well as a Blaster, for $39.99.

Two expansion sets, comprising the Elephant, Camera, Bird and Wind Pedal Toy-Con projects, will also be available for $19.99 each. "VR Kit is a unique first VR experience kids and families can build themselves!"