Console news roundup for March 8, 2019
Nintendo Switch getting Labo VR, Xbox One S disc-less system may be coming and PlayStation 4 Remote Play now works on iOS
This past week saw several announcements in regards to the big three consoles and we’ve rounded up the news for you here in one story.
VR is finally coming to Nintendo Switch, iOS users can utilize Remote Play on PS4 as part of a new firmware update and Xbox One S is apparently getting a new disc-free option for those who want to spend less on the hardware and keep their software library digital.
For more information on each news item, see our summaries below.
Nintendo announces fourth Labo kit and it’s a VR headset for the portable/console hybrid
Launching on April 12, the Nintendo Labo Kit 04 includes cardboard creations that transform the Nintendo Switch into a VR headset. The included game features minigames and comes in two variations.
The complete VR Kit set includes the ability to build six Labo VR projects — VR Goggles, Blaster, Camera, Bird, Wind Pedal, and Elephant — and the starter set includes just the materials required to build the VR Goggles and Blaster. Both versions include software as well as a safety cap and a screen holder for playing the games in good-ole 2D.
If you pick up the starter kit, you’ll be able to buy two separate add-ons later that each include two of the other VR creations. The pricing is as follows:
Complete VR Kit – $79.99
Starter and Blaster Set – $39.99
Expansion Sets (Elephant/Camera and Wind Pedal/Bird) – $19.99 each
You can learn more at Nintendo’s official Labo website.
Sony releases PlayStation 4 firmware update 6.50, adds support for iOS Remote Play
For those who’ve been wanting to play their PS4 games on iPhones and iPads, Sony finally has a solution.
Remote Play, which has been available on PlayStation Vita, Android and PC for years, has come to iOS devices in a new firmware update for the PlayStation 4. The functionality works with most PS4 games and requires an app download on the iOS devices.
Firmware 6.50, which clocks in at 442 MB doesn’t do much else aside from allowing players to remap the X (cross) and O (circle) buttons in some regions.
Microsoft might launch disc-less Xbox One S All-Digital Edition in May
This one hasn’t been officially confirmed, but it looks to be just about there. It’s been rumored for a while now that Microsoft would be launching a disc-less, all-digital edition of the Xbox One S and it looks like it could hit store shelves as early as May.
PC Mag and other sites circulated more reports this week that the console could be real. What do you think of the idea? Would you buy a disc-less Xbox?