The recent launch of the Oculus Quest, a hands-free, all-in-one VR headset, prompted Nintendo to support their VR Kit for the Nintendo Switch in video describing its features.
While many tech and gaming companies like Sony, Microsoft, Google, have experimented with virtual reality to some degree, Nintendo brand was conspicuously absent. This is why was quite surprising when Nintendo just announced his VR headset last month.
Unlike the common look of the black headsets, Nintendo is releasing a device made of cardboard that you have to build it yourself. The Nintendo Labo Toy-Con VR Kit costs US$39.99 and works together with the US$299 Nintendo Switch console.
In a four-minute video released recently, the Nintendo Director, Tsubasa Sakaguchi, explained the Nintendo Switch’s VR Kit. He presented how can be used and how to make a variety of VR games showing their inner workings allowing users to be as creative as they can be. It is a perfect tool for parents and kids to interact, build and play together.
On the other hand, the Oculus Quest headset, produced by Oculus Studio starts at US$399 for a device with 64 GB or US$499 for a model with 128GB. It is an all-in-one gaming headset and it does not need a smartphone, PC or Nintendo Switch to power it and is far from having its users experiment with making their own games.
Oculus will translate your movements into VR no matter the direction you are facing and will provide a room-scale tracking without its external sensors. Is designed in such a way that will remember the boundaries of your play space and help you avoid nearby objects while playing.
For the time being the Oculus experience will be limited to the user and other Oculus wearers. There are two games involving multi-player option and these are Tennis Scramble and Dead & Buried Arena, an arena-based shooter with up to 8 players.
VR experiences alternatives include Oculus Rift S, Valve Index, HTC Vive and PlayStation 4’s PS VR.