Disney Announces a New Augmented Reality Headset and Several Star Wars AR Games

Disney Announces a New Augmented Reality Headset and Several Star Wars AR Games

Holochess is now real. Yay?

Mike Goslin, vice president of advanced development at Disney took the stage at Disney's D23 celebration to talk about Lucasfilm's new Augmented Reality (AR) project. And what better franchise to explore AR, than Star Wars?

Goslin introduced a new AR headset Lucasfilms developed in partnership with technology manufacturer Lenovo. Goslin cited the multitudes of holograms present in the Star Wars universe, such as Leia's SOS message, to the famous Holochess game that appears throughout the franchise. With those inspirations in mind, the new Lenovo AR headset will bring Star Wars-themed games, including Holochess, into your living room.

And of course, Goslin also announced a new Lightsaber game called Jedi Challenges, although the trailer reveals practically nothing.

Augmented Reality has been a big topic in the alternative gaming conversation recently. Thanks to the massive success of games like Pokemon Go, AR gaming is currently being chased by a variety of companies including Apple and Microsoft-with the company's Hololens project. The new Lenovo headset looks to function like the GearVR headset, where your smartphone powers the main tech within the AR unit.

No word yet on a release date.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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