New Labo kit brings VR to Nintendo Switch

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Nintendo has unveiled a new Labo kit which will provide a virtual reality experience on the Switch.

The Nintendo Labo: VR Kit will be released for the Switch on 12 April. Nintendo said it will combine: “The innovative physical and digital gameplay of Nintendo Labo with basic VR technology to create a simple and shareable virtual reality experience for kids and families.” It added: “Nintendo Labo: VR Kit offers six new Toy-Con creations to build, including the Toy-Con VR Goggles, which combine with the other creations, encouraging players to use natural movements and gestures to interact with the gaming world and elevating the Nintendo Labo gameplay experience. Fend off an alien invasion with the Toy-Con Blaster, visit a colourful in-game ocean and snap photos of the sea life with the Toy-Con Camera, and so much more.”

Two versions of the Nintendo Labo: VR Kit will be sold: the full version and a cut-down one entitled Nintendo Labo: VR Kit – Starter Set + Blaster. Nintendo said: “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.” Those who buy the Starter Set will be able to augment it with two expansion kits: Expansion Set 1, which: “Includes the Toy-Con Elephant and Toy-Con Camera,” and Starter Set 2, which: “Includes the Toy-Con Wind Pedal and Toy-Con Bird.”

Nintendo was keen to emphasise the social nature of the gameplay that the Nintendo Labo: VR Kit will bring: “Nintendo Labo: VR Kit encourages passing around 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 best place to find out more about the Nintendo Labo: VR Kit is on its webpage.

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