I’ll be honest, I’m not the biggest fan of VR right now. While I’ve tried out an Oculus game and PSVR here and there, I still don’t think the device is living up to what it can be, but that doesn’t mean Nintendo shouldn’t try implementing it with the Switch. I feel like Nintendo could find an easy, fun, and affordable way for VR that could evenly compete with the likes of PSVR, and maybe even the PC big boys. How do I propose they do this? Well.
About a month ago, people found a patent Nintendo filed showing an idea of possibly using the switch as a VR headset (See article banner for said image.). I feel that this could be a great cheap alternative for people looking for a console VR experience in a couple of different ways. One of the ways is that if we assume that the Nintendo Switch will retail for $250, that means it’ll be fairly cheap to come out with a VR accessory for the system. If we were to say that this headset accessory would cost no more than, oh say, $20, that’d round out the price to about $270 total. Not too shabby if I say so myself.
Even if this headset accessory is more expensive when being sold, it’s doubtful that that it’d go anything over $50. At the highest price it’d probably be somewhere around $300 for both the headset and Switch, STILL making it at least $100 cheaper than Sony’s PSVR. The only thing really worrying me about how cheap this VR could be is that it might fall more in line with Phone VR than Console. As long as Nintendo can make the console maintain a steady frame rate and speed during the games though, this shouldn’t be a problem.
Time for Bets
In 2 days during the Switch event, not only will we get the confirmation that the Nintendo Switch will be VR compatible, but that it will also be launching in the summer AND that it will be the 2nd VR system to get full support for Resident Evil 7: Biohazard. The slide in attachment will $20 separately, and $80 with RE7 as a pack in. Lock it in!
Well, I think that just about does it for Day 10 of Switchmas. We’ve only got one more day for regular articles. Tune in tomorrow for the return of Josh to see what else he has to say about the Switch, and don’t forget that Geekscape.net will be holding a live reactions event at 7:00PM PST.