Force Friday is just around the corner and Lenovo is helping to spread Star Wars mania with a new augmented reality experience shown off at IFA 2017.
No, it’s not another Window 10 Mixed Reality headset, but Star Wars: Jedi Challenges: a completely separate experience that combines an AR headset with a lightsaber controller.
But rather than being fully immersed in a virtual experience, the phone projects digital characters onto your field of vision using a one way mirror.
From there, you plop down an augmented reality anchor onto the floor and wield the lightsaber in your hands to play. As childish as it might seem, a few of our editors got way too into a lightsaber duel with Kylo Ren that involved slashes, blocks and deflecting laser fire.
In case lightsaber duels aren’t your thing (which is weird), Jedi Challenges includes a few other games.
Holochess was one of the most iconic board games to appear in the movies – basically chess with holographic monsters for readers young enough to have never seen Episode IV – and you’ll be able to play a fully realized version of the game with the AR headset.
Alternatively, players could turn their living room into a giant strategy game between the Republic, Rebel Alliance, the Resistance, the Separatists, the Empire and the First Order.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Given a smartphone app powers all the games, we may see more experiences come through if Star Wars: Jedi Challenges is updated through the years.
You’ll be able to buy the whole experience – including the Lenovo Mirage AR headset, Lightsaber Controller, Tracking Beacon and the app itself – for $199 (about £150, AU$250) starting this November.
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