The Switch has already some VR experiences thanks to Labo VR, but now, a patent filed by Nintendo published on August 22nd shows something that looks a lot more like your average dedicated VR headset attached to the Switch.
The patent is for a “3D image display system and 3D image display device” and was originally filed in February 2018 – as mentioned, it was published last month.
However, before you get too excited, it’s worth nothing that not every patent makes it into a final product. And I don’t believe that this will – and if it does, it’s not going to be anything too mind-blowing. What we’re likely looking at here is what eventually became Labo VR. Labo VR released on April 12th this year, so it’s very possible that their VR project(s) went through a number of changes since February 2018, and eventually they just settled on making it apart of Labo line. It’s very likely that there were even a lot of internal prototypes we have no idea about.
If this didn’t become Labo VR, then it’s likely intended to be the successor, and keep VR alive on the Switch. Labo is definitely marketed towards children, so once there are a few more VR experiences on the Switch (and yes, those do exist – the Spice and Wolf VR anime released on the eShop just a week ago), they could release this in an attempt to attract a more mature audience. The interior being lined with foam will definitely make this seem like a more legitimate VR accessory. There probably won’t be any other differences to Labo VR outside of that and aesthetic ones, though.
This could also make it a lot easier to bring VR to Switch Lite, as this seems to just clip onto the console, rather than the headset having to be shaped around the console like Labo VR.
But, what do you think? Is this just a prototype for Labo VR? Will it be Labo VR 2? Something else? Or will nothing come of it? Let us know in the comments.