Nintendo Brings VR to Switch Console

Nintendo Brings VR to Switch Console
Switch owners can turn their console into a VR system using a cardboard kit.

(CCM) — Nintendo has finally announced that it is to bring virtual reality to its popular Switch console, although it will not utilize a standalone head-mounted display, according to a BGR report.

Instead, the company plans to offer a VR kit as part of its line of Labo cardboard accessories. The Labo VR Kit will include six "Toy-Con" projects that users can build, including "Toy-Con VR Goggles" which use the Switch console as a screen. Other projects in the kit include a camera, a blaster gun, and, confusingly, an "elephant."

"This new kit builds on the core tenets of Nintendo Labo – Make, Play, and Discover – to introduce virtual reality in a way that’s fun and approachable for both kids and kids at heart,” said Doug Bowser, the newly appointed president of Nintendo of America. “We wanted to design an experience that encourages both virtual and real-world interactions among players through passing around Toy-Con creations."

The Labo VR Kit will be available from Apr. 12, 2019, priced at $80. 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.

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