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Lenovo’s Star Wars AR game makes you feel like a real Jedi

Episode 8 is a little over a month away and Lenovo is helping spread Star Wars mania with a new augmented reality experience initially shown off at IFA 2017.

To mark the official arrival of the kit in the UAE, Lenovo held an event in Dubai today. And no, it’s not just another Window 10 Mixed Reality headset, but Star Wars: Jedi Challenges: is a completely separate experience that combines an AR headset with a lightsaber controller.

The Lenovo Mirage AR headset is similar to the Google DayDream View and Samsung Gear VR in that you slip your phone inside to power the experience. 

But rather than being fully immersed in a virtual experience, the phone projects digital characters onto your field of vision using a one way mirror.

From there, you plop down an augmented reality anchor onto the floor and wield the lightsaber in your hands to duel with Kylo Ren, Darth Maul or the main man himself- Darth Vader.

In case lightsaber duels aren’t your thing (which is weird),  Jedi Challenges includes a few other games.

Holochess was one of the most iconic board games to appear in the movies – basically chess with holographic monsters for readers young enough to have never seen Episode IV – and you’ll be able to play a fully realized version of the game with the AR headset. 

Alternatively, players could turn their living room into a giant strategy game between the Republic, Rebel Alliance, the Resistance, the Separatists, the Empire and the First Order.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Given a smartphone app powers all the games, we may see more experiences come through if Star Wars: Jedi Challenges is updated through the years. 

You’ll be able to buy the whole experience – including the Lenovo Mirage AR headset, Lightsaber Controller, Tracking Beacon and the app itself – for AED  1,199 starting on the 15th of November.

Abbas Jaffar Ali

Abbas has been living and breathing technology before phones became smart or clouds started storing data. He also has commitment issues towards mobile phones.

Driven by tech and passion, he has successfully negotiated into bringing the largest gaming and tech publications to the Middle East that include IGN, CNET and TechRadar.