So it seems Nintendo will also be entering the virtual reality market shortly albeit in a limited kind of way!
As part of the ‘Labo’ range of cardboard accessories, Nintendo will launch a range of ‘Nintendo Labo VR kits’ in April. The base model (headset) has five toy-con accessories that can be used in conjunction with it. These include a blaster, an elephant & a bird.
Confused?? Yeah me too.
The base kit seems very similar to ‘Google Cardboard’ (which was free) and will cost you $40 in the US. It’s basically a cardboard mask which the switch slots inside and has a strap to keep it fixed to your face. If you ever used a google cardboard or any mobile VR device, you’ll know what to expect.
However, a big worry is the sheer size and weight of the switch being attached to your face. Seeing as they are marketing this towards small children (age seven and up) I’m very worried about the potential for injury. It seems like a very poorly thought out concept.
So is this a confident leap into the VR market or is it just a poorly conceived gimmick that might appeal to small kids? I guess we’ll find out next month!
Keep your eyes here for an update. Let me know in the comments below if you think children of the age seven and up are too young for VR.