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Nintendo Files Patent For New Labo VR Headset


Let’s Go Digital discovers patent for more permanent version of Labo VR Goggles.

A patent filed to the Japan Patent Office August 22nd indicates that Nintendo has been exploring the development of a new rendition to their Labo VR Goggles, one that would replace the current model’s cardboard material with a plastic body.

Discovered first by Let’s Go Digital, the patent—entitled ‘3D image display system and 3D image display device,’ features concept art of a head-mounted display, similar to that of the Labo VR Goggles. In order to play, users would simply insert the Switch tablet into the device and hold it up to their faces like they normally would. Like the original cardboard goggles, this new rendition would not feature a headstrap, instead requiring users to hold the goggles up to their face, either by the goggles themselves or Joycon controllers, in order to play. 

Nintendo Files Patent For New Labo VR Headset 1
Image Credit: Let’s Go Digital, Japan Patent Office

The housing itself features plenty of shielding for blocking out any troublesome sunlight, keeping the user better immersed in their experience. Other than that the design doesn’t appear to deviate too heavily from the original formula. There are no additional amenities; all the visuals and sound are still emitted through the Switch itself, with the goggles serving as mere housing. 

While it would make sense for the company to release a more permanent version of their current cardboard-made offerings, the decision to once-again ignore any form of head strap support is an interesting one. Perhaps this is a move designed to bypass the weight of the Switch tablet, which could put a strain on the user’s neck after extended use. Still, it’d be nice to be afforded the option. 

Nintendo Files Patent For New Labo VR Headset 2
Image Credit: Let’s Go Digital, Japan Patent Office

While the VR add-ons to existing Nintendo properties have proved hit-or-miss with consumers, the dedicated Labo VR minigames have received overall positive reception. Nintendo’s VR Plaza has also proven a success, currently serving as an active platform for users looking to create their own VR games and experiences. 

This patent publishing follows directly on the heels of the reveal of a bizarre new Nintendo Switch accessory that involves a flexible belt-like device that appears to be designed for more physically-active gaming experiences. It’s unknown at this point whether or not the device has anything to do with Labo VR, but knowing Nintendo we’re not ignoring any possibilities.

Feature Image Credit: Nintendo

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