VR headsets, 3D glasses — there are lots of peripherals that you pop on your head to interact with films and video games in different ways. But the Viture XR Glasses are something very different altogether — they essentially work as a projector that sits right in front of your face. And it works with the Switch.
Launching on Kickstarter back in 2022, these XR (Extended Reality) Glasses allow you to play games on the go — but you won't have to deal with the Switch's smaller, less powerful resolution in handheld mode, as you can play your Switch docked.
The lovely Alex over on our YouTube was sent a pair of these and he tested them out for us. By plugging the Switch into the XR Glasses' combined power bank and dock, it tricks the device into thinking it's plugged into a TV. Then, plug the glasses into the dock and voila! You're playing full 1080p, 60fps (where possible) on your Switch "portably".
Have a look at how it all works in the video up top — Alex came away pretty impressed, and we're certainly intrigued. And if you're curious, then check out the glasses over on Viture's website.
Would you wear these XR glasses to play Switch games? Let us know in the usual spot.
Technology like this is so wild. I love seeing it in action. Lol.
I backed 'em a while ago, just waiting for the delivery!
People don’t use the word ‘pillock’ enough.
Now the twitter users can stop crying bloody murder about the switch’s low power. Problem solved!
Wow, Alex is not joking about that price:
@Bunkerneath thats why you dont buy into the first generation of a tech… guarantee you will see versions of this for a quarter that price in a year or two…
Hell i could honestly see Nintendo releasing something similar as apart of its next system im really starting to get this feeling Nintendos next move is something VR/AR related
Oh that's a relief. I was worried they weren't.
@Williamfuchs420 they've already done AR on 3DS and dipped fingers into the glorified headmounted camera controllers that go for "VR" in our time with Labo, so who knows. They do something if they think they can make it profitable and fun.
I’m indifferent. People can grab an Oculus for Vr experience and I’m sure it is cheaper now. I believe you can get Nintendo games by messing around with it. I got Cave Story, Kero Blaster on it and I want to say Planet Robobot as well, albeit the controls felt funny playing Cave Story
Saw Woodsy check these out. Very interesting, but they are too pricey. Great idea, but to rich for my blood.
great idea but way too pricey!
Since there are two screens, could stereoscopic 3D technically work with these? Seems like a MUCH less cumbersome version of the Virtual Boy would be possible. It could also make for a much more immersive 3DS-like experience. A lot of interesting possibilities.
Thanks for the review, Alex.
$500 just for the glasses; they’re having a laugh.
theyve been trying to push this kind of thing since at least the 90s, and it seems like its always 500 dollars and just not that compelling.
@alexolney brilliant vid, as always!
Do they display the same image on both eyes? Could any of the labo vr updates for botw or smash bros etc potentially work on these?
Are the speakers loud? Would you bother other people on the train using the glasses at a comfortable volume?
I remember this sort of thing from a decade+ ago. It was so you could watch films on a plane without a screen, use them as a personal projector, etc.
It's a fun idea, but the screens still need to be WAY DENSER before the image will look as good as just a normal 1080p TV sitting in front of you...
I occasionally play my steam deck on my NReal Air glasses with an Xbox controller. Great when you feel like a lie down or want a bigger screen.
This system of using a dock converter sounds like a right faff though.
Why do I see someone's backyard with a trampoline???
How I hate websites that try to act like an in game client.. THEY SUCK and don't function at all.
My current sunglasses are also compatible with my Switch.
@MikeJones Yes, and it does support stereoscopic 3D natively.
I guess u can say I cant SEE myself ever purchasing this. drum fill. thank u thank u, u guys have been amazing give urself a pat on the back goodnight nintendolife.
I just checked and my sunglasses are also compatible with the Switch!
They didn't do anything but darken the screen though.
Now someone need to make a nice portable power bank "dock" that is compatible with these. I could see myself using these outdoors and in places without a wall outlet.
I do prefer playing with a pro controller over holding the system.
And here I thought I wouldn't see a variation of the Virtual I-O glasses again in my lifetime, but here we are.
Dude, you're literally talking about using like as a switch screen. On a switch site. I think "how close would you hold a switch to you're face for the same effect?" is a an easy equivalence for your audience to visualize.
I ordered these after seeing the video on them, but they don't ship til May.
So I also ordered a pair of Rokid Air Glasses, and just got them yesterday. They're really cool! I played Metroid Prime Remastered with them up to the final boss, Metroid Prime. It's super immersive.
I also like how these have a tiny little Switch dock dongle so you can play while Switch is plugged in charging.
It's hard to capture the actual image you see, so instead I'll capture the mini-1080p OLED screens in the top of the glasses that gets reflected and light bent by mirrors to make it appear farther away...
WELCOME10 code gets you 10% off the Viture One XR Glasses, and the Rokid Air Glasses are currently on sale on Amazon for $319 (marked down from the original $499 price), because Rokid is announcing a new pair tonight.
I, too, just got the Rokid a couple weeks ago. I’ve tested Dragon’s Dogma, MH:Rise, Groove Coaster, and Great Ace Attorney Chronicles. It was GREAT playing Ace Attorney in bed laying down. It was decent playing Dragon’s Dogma. But it was rather dizzying trying to play MH: Rise and Groove Coaster.
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