Earlier this year, Disney and Lenovo announced a new AR headset and Star Wars game at the annual D23 celebration. The Star Wars: Jedi Challenges game running on Lenovo's new AR headset finally went up for pre-order yesterday in anticipation of today's Force Friday event. In addition, we now have some more details about how it will work.
The AR Headset and game is priced at $199.99 and include the Lenovo Mirage AR heaset, lightsaber controller, and tracking beacon. The AR headset will work like a Google Cardboard or Samsung Gear VR and requires a compatible smartphone inserted into the headset to work. The Mirage will includes fisheye sensors for inside-out tracking, navigation buttons, and a micro USB port for charging and data input/output.
Compatible smartphones include the iPhone 7 plus, 7, 6s Plus, and 6; the Samsung Galaxy S8, S7, and S7 Edge; Google Pixel and Pixel XL; and the Moto Z. More devices will be compatible in the future.
People who have already tried out the headset confirm that the game includes fights with famous Star Wars villains like Kylo Ren and Darth Vader. And just like it was announced earlier this year, Holochess is also included in the game.
Now that the VR conversation has cooled a bit, it seems AR is gearing up to take center stage. Although it seems to me that AR sits in a strange middleground between game developers and toymakers. Still, if Pokemon GO can be as successful as it's been, why not Star Wars?