Science fiction and digital actuality go collectively like medieval fantasy and LARPing. Two intergalactic peas in an area pod, if you’ll. So naturally, the recognition of the most recent and biggest type of interactive leisure – VR headsets – means it was solely pure that one of many largest and beloved sci-fi properties on the planet  – Star Wars – received in on the motion.

But regardless of that apparent overlap, we nonetheless don’t have a complete, commercially launched, AAA-quality Star Wars VR expertise in the marketplace. Fingers crossed unannounced VR assist makes Battlefront 2 that sport.

We’re nonetheless ready on that epic jedi VR simulator that everybody desires deep down of their coronary heart of hearts, however there are a couple of ideas sprinkled round to satiate a little bit of the urge for food. Below, we’ve compiled a sampling of the easiest Star Wars VR experiences that we’ve seen thus far – most of which you possibly can expertise proper now, some you possibly can’t fairly but. May the 4th (and the drive) be with you!

Star Wars Battlefront Rogue One: X-Wing VR Mission

This is the large one. After you attempt to say that identify 5 occasions quick, simply have a look at it. You get to fly an precise X-Wing and shoot down Tie Fighters! It doesn’t get a lot better than that. It’s extremely quick and at present unique to the PlayStation VR (PSVR) however it’s by far the perfect Star Wars expertise you possibly can have inside a VR headset proper now. Easily.

The entire mission will solely final you possibly 10-20 minutes, however every thing from the way in which it begins to the way in which it ends is extremely polished. You can examine the ship beforehand, go searching inside an insanely detailed cockpit, and actually really feel such as you’re flying an X-Wing into battle. This is free in the event you personal Star Wars Battlefront and it’s completely price a obtain.

Star Wars: Trials on Tatooine

When phrase got here out that Star Wars would have an enormous presence at GDC in 2016, pleasure was at an all-time excessive. Would we lastly get a full sport announcement that lets us use the movement controllers as lightsabers? Can we pilot ships in area dogfights now? Can now we have multiplayer lightsaber duels?

Well, type of, probably not, and no are the solutions to these questions, however Star Wars: Trials on Tatooine continues to be a superb tease at what could possibly be coming in a full expertise some day. Developed by ILMxLAB, Trials on Tatooine is type of just like the Bullet Train of the Star Wars universe – a tremendous tech demo that might result in a bigger expertise down the road.

Rogue One: Recon – A Star Wars 360 Experience

The new hotness is releasing a 360 video to coincide with the discharge of your new film and the oldsters behind Star Wars are not any totally different. Since this one is uploaded in prime quality on YouTube with as much as 8K decision it’s positively one of many prettiest movies we’ve seen.

It’s solely rather less than two minutes lengthy, however is a superb teaser of what could possibly be. The content material is just like the X-Wing VR Mission from Battlefront, because it places you behind the controls of an X-Wing throughout a routine recon mission, throughout which issues naturally take a dramatic flip.

Lightblade VR

Remember that scene from Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope the place Luke is coaching with a floating orb, deflecting blasts? Lightblade VR is that, however not formally licensed by Star Wars. It’s a easy little sport, however it actually does an excellent job of creating it really feel such as you’re holding a lightsaber.

The larger issue ranges are nuts and you’ll even unlock totally different “lightblade” colours and hilts as you progress by the ranks.

 

Star Wars: Jedi Challenges AR

Augmented actuality know-how simply isn’t as superior as digital actuality know-how but, however it’s getting there. This system, which was created in collaboration between Disney, Lucasfilm, and Lenovo, makes use of your smartphone to venture photographs onto lenses that hold in entrance of your eyes within the headset in such a method that it appears to be like like holograms exist in the actual world round you.

Combined with a monitoring beacon to heart your environment and a lightsaber hilt reproduction, you possibly can have interaction in intense lightsaber duels, epic war-themed conquests, and even play a couple of video games of holochess. The lightsaber fights are the actual spotlight of the bundle and the brand new upcoming content material from The Last Jedi early subsequent yr makes it a enjoyable Christmas current.

You can learn our full overview of the system and platform proper right here.

Raw Data

I do know that Raw Data, a cooperative multiplayer wave-based survival sport by Survios for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, isn’t a Star Wars expertise. But come on. If you watch the trailer or play it for your self and expertise the satisfaction of reaching behind you to tug out the hilt of a laser sword, press down on the activation button, and see an extended crackling blade ignite from the bottom earlier than you mow down advancing evil cyborgs, you’ll begin to really feel like a Jedi very quickly.

They can’t name them lightsabers and it’s not primarily based on Star Wars, however the feeling these lightning swords gave me was not like something I’d skilled earlier than or since. I might deflect lasers again at flying robots to destroy them and pulling it out from the holster on my again established such a convincing sense of presence I by chance punched my sofa at one level as a result of issues received so intense. ILMxLAB and Disney ought to positively be taking notes.

Robo Recall’s Lightsabers Mod

If you haven’t had sufficient unofficial Star Wars VR content material, don’t fear: there’s extra! Robo Recall is among the hottest and talked about VR video games to this point, which isn’t too stunning when you think about it was created by none aside from Epic Games. As a totally moddable sport, gamers are already laborious at work tweaking issues and including in their very own content material.

One such mod is that this Star Wars one from Oculus Forums person tonsta31 of MGS Studios. Since the above video was uploaded they’ve additionally added in additional areas and stormtroopers.

Star Wars: Droid Repair Bay

This is the most recent VR expertise on the entire listing and is partially supposed as a advertising and marketing piece main as much as the discharge of Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi. As an embrace of the extra lighthearted components of Star Wars (particularly the droids) it does an excellent job of providing one thing a bit totally different for followers.

It’s extraordinarily quick (solely about 10 minutes lengthy, just like ILMxLAB’s different Star Wars venture, Trials on Tatooine, which is talked about above on this listing) however it’s laborious to not smile the complete time. Since it’s free and on Steam you actually haven’t any motive to not give this one a go in the event you’ve received the means.

Here’s our full write-up about it.

Original Star Tours Recreation From Disneyland

There are a couple of constants on this world: dying, taxes, and Disney updating its rides each few a long time to one thing that’s impressed by, however virtually solely totally different from, what it was. The newest sufferer of this fixed drive of “updating” is the Tower of Terror in California Adventure and I’m nonetheless not over it. Before that, loads of different rides have been up to date, one such being Star Tours, some of the in style sights in Disneyland’s Tomorrowland space that allows you to expertise what it’s wish to fly within the sequence’ most iconic ships.

Well fortunately for you, by the immersive energy of VR, you possibly can relive the unique 1987 model of Star Tours in superb 4K decision! Unfortunately watching this gained’t drive your chair to bounce and transfer round prefer it does on the park, however hey, it’s fairly shut.

Honorable Mention – Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire

We haven’t tried this expertise but and it’s not even open till early 2018, however we needed to embody it on the listing. Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire is a location-based solely expertise created in collaboration between The Void, Lucasfilm, and ILMxLAB to deliver a warehouse-scale Star Wars-themed VR arcade expertise to followers.

Not gonna lie: we’re actually excited to see how this pans out! We even made an inventory of issues we actually need to see when it launches.


December 15th, 2017 Update: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi launched at this time! We’ve up to date the listing by including Jedi Challenges AR and Droid Repair Bay to the listing, whereas eradicating Jakku Spy and the Star Wars Battle Pod to make room. We additionally added an honorable point out for Secrets of the Empire from The Void since that’s not launching till 2018.

May 4th, 2017 Update: This article was initially printed final yr on May 4th, 2016, however we’ve up to date it for this yr’s “May the Fourth” with the higher Star Wars VR experiences we’ve seen over the past yr.

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