Nintendo's affordable VR headset, the Labo VR Kit, went on sale Friday and starts at $40.
The build-it-yourself set of cardboard goggles and controllers for Nintendo’s Switch console. It has been designed to work within the limits of the Switch’s processing power ans sceeen. It has been designed to play simple "mini-games" aimed primarily at casual gamers, particularly parents with youngish kids, who might want to try VR.
A $40 version of the Labo kit comes with the basic goggles and a gun-like controller. The full $80 version adds more controllers that resemble a camera, an elephant trunk, a bird and a pedal and are used in other mini-games to take photos of fish, fly like a bird, or paint in 3D.
Each mini-game in the Labo VR Kit is designed to be played at most for 5 to 10 minutes. The company has also opted against including a headset strap, meaning players are forced to hold the goggles up to their eyes.
In two weeks, the Mario and Zelda games will be updated for compatibility with the VR Kit. Beyond Mario Kart, other titles that are well suited for VR include the latest entries in the Star Fox and Mario Party series.
This weekend, you can experience the VR gaming with Nintendo Labo: VR Kit at a Buy stores store near you.