Disney and Lenovo Unleashing Star Wars AR This Holiday

Jedi Challenges will have you battling Kylo Ren with an augmented reality light saber.

Soon you’ll be trading blows with Darth Vader from the comfort of your living room, all thanks to the latest partnership between Disney and Lenovo.

The Star Wars Jedi Challenges AR experience comes with a lightsaber controller, a tracking beacon, and Lenovo Mirage AR headset, all for the price of $199.99. Available for pre-order now, Jedi Challenges will be hitting store shelves just in time for the holidays.

Lenovo’s Mirage AR headset is powered by a smartphone, so no high-powered PC necessary to get your Jedi training on. The headset itself weighs roughly a pound before slotting in your mobile device. Considering the price point, the 60-degree horizontal field of view and 30-degree vertical FOV is not a bad deal.

Equipped with two built-in fisheye sensors to provide inside-out positional tracking, the headset allows for free motion for you to move around. You’ll notice that the hilt of the lightsaber has a glowing blue light, that’s because the entire system uses visible light-tracking technology, allowing the headset’s sensors to lock onto the position of the Lightsaber controller. Haptic feedback is activated as you strike or block opponents, while an inertial measurement unit sends rotational information from the controller to the smartphone to assist the beam in remaining stable mid-swing.

When it comes to gameplay, you’ll be able to hone your Jedi talents across a variety of augmented reality-based experiences, where you’ll be guided through multiple levels. Jedi Challenges introduces an all-new Star Wars character, the Archivist, to help you along your journey. Instructing you in the ways of the Force, you’ll undergo training to perfect your lightsaber skills, command armies in combat missions to defeat the Empire, and outwit your opponents in Holochess, all in augmented reality.

You can watch a preview of actual in-headset footage in the trailer below:

Game Features:

  • Lightsaber Battles. With their very own lightsaber, fans can train against legendary dark side villains like Kylo Ren and Darth Vader.
  • Strategic Combat. Players marshal the forces of the Republic, Rebel Alliance, and Resistance against the might of the Separatists, Empire, and First Order in epic battles across their living room floors. Players can hone their skills in strategy and tactics as they engage in battles.
  • Holochess. Perhaps one of the most iconic board games brought to film, Holochess first leapt into moviegoer hearts when it was played on the Millennium Falcon in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. It has now been brought to life in Jedi Challenges. Fans can direct their holographic alien pieces across the board, wrestling for territory and control.

Considering this is a toy aimed for ages 10 and up — I am seriously jealous of what technology kids have access to growing up now. What am I even talking about—i’m still going to probably pick one of these up anyways—and this time I won’t have to share with siblings.

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Jonathan Nafarrete

Jonathan Nafarrete is the co-founder of VRScout.

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