Nintendo has jumped onto the cardboard VR bandwagon and is releasing a cardboard VR headset for the Nintendo Switch in April with a new official Nintendo Labo kit.
“With the new Nintendo Labo VR Kit, there’s more to Make, Play, and Discover together than ever before. Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 04: VR Kit is a unique first VR experience kids and families can build themselves.”
Nintendo did have an earlier line of the Labo cardboard-based toys and the new kits will contain those, as well as, blasters and other toys that can be built around the Switch console. The quality of the VR headset won’t be high, so don’t expect amazing graphics, but it is perfect for kids and their parents who want to play and explore basic VR concepts together.
“The Starter Set + Blaster kit provides an action-packed introduction to the experience. You can then add to the fun with Expansion Sets. Or, if you want an even broader experience right away, you can purchase the full Nintendo Labo VR Kit, which features six VR Toy-Con projects in one package,” said Nintendo.
The kits will drop on April 12, perfect for Spring Break, according to the Labo website. Kits start around $40 with the expansions sold separately. The suggested price for a full kit is $80 but Nintendo has not yet confirmed pricing.
This isn’t the first time we have seen cardboard-based VR headsets. Google and its partners sent a bunch of cardboard holders out for people to try but even Google wasn’t the first to think about it. The cardboard VR isn’t the high quality experience that hard core gamers want but it is very accessible to others.
Personally, we think its cool that Nintendo is doing a VR headset that connects to the Switch, its a good way to get kids and families into the VR world without having to spend a ton of money.
We will have to wait until April 12 to see what the Labo has in store for us.