Play Star Wars for realsies

Lenovo and Disney today unveiled Star Wars™: Jedi Challenges, a new augmented reality Star Wars product that allows fans to experience Star Wars in ways never before possible.

Jedi Challenges features a smartphone-powered Lenovo Mirage AR headset, Tracking Beacon, Lightsaber controller, and hours of Star Wars gameplay.2


The product is compatible with iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6s, Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, Samsung Galaxy S7, Google Pixel XL, Google Pixel, Moto Z so far.

Additional devices are expected to be added.

The Lenovo Mirage Star Wars pack is available for pre-order now on Lenovo online and at local retailers.

“With Star Wars: Jedi Challenges, Lenovo and Disney are bringing Star Wars to fans in ways they could previously only imagine,” says Jeff Meredith, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Lenovo Consumer PCs and Smart Devices. “Augmented reality has always been an important part of Star Wars, and it’s exciting to bring these key moments to life by marrying Lenovo technology with Disney’s storytelling.”

Players will hone their Jedi talents across a variety of augmented reality-based experiences, each offering multiple levels of deep and immersive gameplay.

To guide the player on this journey, Jedi Challenges will introduce an all-new Star Wars character, the Archivist.

The Archivist instructs players in the ways of the Force™ and the knowledge of the Jedi.

Throughout these challenges, users will train to perfect their lightsaber skills by taking on some of the most menacing villains the dark side has to offer, command armies in combat missions to defeat the Empire, and outwit their opponents in Holochess, all in augmented reality.

Lenovo Mirage headset allows for a phone to be inserted and act as the visual headset
Lenovo Mirage headset allows for a phone to be inserted and act as the visual headset

Users start by downloading the Star Wars: Jedi Challenges app3 onto their compatible phone and sliding the phone into the tray of the Lenovo Mirage AR headset.

Tracking beacon is used to stabilize as well as track users movements
Tracking beacon is used to stabilize as well as track users movements

The headset also comes with a Tracking Beacon, which is placed on the floor and acts as a stable base for the headset’s sensors to detect the user’s movement during gameplay.

Equipped with two built-in fisheye sensors to provide inside-out positional tracking, the headset allows for free and natural motion for the player to move around as they duel opponents or direct their forces and pieces across the battlefield.

The headset pairs with a collectible-quality Lightsaber controller, modeled after the one wielded by Anakin Skywalker, Luke Skywalker, and Rey.

Designed to be a key part of the experience, the Lightsaber acts as a controller and pointer, allowing players to navigate the user interface, with all controls, actions, and commands activated with a simple two-button configuration.

The Mirage Lightsaber
The Mirage Lightsaber allows users to summon the force 

Through visible light-tracking technology, the headset’s sensors work together to lock onto the position of the Lightsaber controller, allowing players to see a beam form above the “hilt”, which they can use to block and interact with the universe in-game.

Haptic feedback is activated as players strike or block their opponents, while an inertial measurement unit sends rotational information from the controller to the smartphone to assist the beam in remaining stable mid-swing.

Challenges will vary from country to country with the game due to be released in November.

 

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