The Nintendo Switch is on the cusp of receiving virtual reality powers, with the Japanese gaming giant recently announcing a Labo kit designed for the console.
Since launching the Switch two years ago, patents have consistently led to speculation that Ninty held plans for the platform – and now we know exactly how it will make its first leap back into the realm since 1995's Virtual Boy.
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But what's it all about, how much will it cost and when is it released? Read on for all you need to know about turning your Nintendo Switch into a VR headset.
Nintendo Switch Labo VR: What is it?
Essentially, the company will use its DIY cardboard accessories, called Labo, 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 its Cardboard creations.
As owners of the previous three Labo Toy-Con sets will be used to, there's a number of different options to choose from within the new package. The base kit comes with six cardboard models to build: the VR goggles, a blaster, a camera, a screen holder, a bird, and, best of all, an elephant. Yes, an elephant.
If you're looking to get in on the ground floor of Nintendo's VR action, there's also a starter kit that comes with just the goggles and blaster – but, crucially, no elephant. The bonus of this cheaper set does, however, mean that you can pick up the additional accessories in expansion packs.
(Nintendo Switch Labo VR users can develop their own mini-games)
Currently, there are two expansion packs to buy. One comes with the fabled elephant and the camera, while another comes with just the bird and wind pedal.
Now, since this is a Labo-based set, it does mean that Nintendo is developing games specifically around the cardboard kit; you're not suddenly going to playing Mario Kart 8 or The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild if you pick up the cardboard kit. Nintendo says there'll be a VR Plaza that features 64 mini-games to explore, and even scope to create your own games through Toy-Con Garage VR.
How much does it cost?
There's multiple ways to get involved with Nintendo's Labo VR kit. The base kit will cost , and come with six cardboard kits to build, which we outlined in the section above. However, the other more basic starter kit – with just the blaster and goggles – costs . The two expansion sets, meanwhile, will cost .
You can pre-order the entire kit from Amazon or Nintendo now.
When does it launch?
The Nintendo Toy-Con 04 VR Kit will launch in the US and UK on 12 April, though there's currently no word on when or if the set will come to other territories.
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