Virtual reality and Star Wars fit together like bread and butter. The first thing any Star Wars fan ever wanted to do is to wield a lightsabre. As soon as VR tech started developing, we were patiently waiting for a title inspired by Star Wars.
Today, we have several Star Wars VR games available. While most of them aren’t VR compatible in their full length, there are few that will make you feel like a true Jedi!
The game is designed as a training simulation for using “lightblade” and is available on Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Obviously, on the official Steam webpage, there is a disclaimer stating that “Lightblade VR” isn’t officially connected with Lucasfilm LTD.
While the game doesn’t have the official Star Wars license, it does a great job of making you feel like you are wielding a lightsabre. Of course, you need to have motion controllers in order to run the game. As you progress and get to more difficult levels, you’ll be able to unlock different colours of your “lightblade” and even use two at the same time. Your final test in this small and simple game will be a lightsabre battle against a Sith Lord.
Star Wars Battlefront Rogue One: X-Wing VR Mission
Many claim that this is by far the best Star Wars experience you can possibly have in a VR headset at the moment. It is exclusive for PSVR, and you can download it if you own Star Wars Battlefront. The mission is very short, but the content it offers perfectly depicts the Star Wars realm, and it can hardly get any better than that.
As the title says, you get to fly an actual X-Wing and enjoy a space fighter dogfight. The cockpit is designed with a lot of care for details, and almost every part of it is interactive, so you can inspect it and push the buttons before you fly off to the battle. The mission lasts for only about 10-20 minutes, but from the start to the very end it is extremely polished.
Trials of Tatooine
When Lucasfilm’s ILMxLab first announced the release of this game in 2016, the hype was at the all time high. In the end, it turned out to be just a tech demo, but it still offers a high quality Star Wars VR experience.
Game obviously lacks real depth as it lasts for only about 10 minutes. You won’t be able to make any choices, as they are already predefined for you. While the game is very short and limited, sounds and especially graphics are incredible.
Trials of Tatooine is just a free to play demo, but it perfectly shows how much potential Star Wars legacy has inside virtual-reality environment. We hope that this was just a teaser for some more ambitious projects in the future.
Star Wars Jedi Challenges
This is the big one to look forward to! Lenovo and Disney officially joined their forces and announced the release of Lenovo Mirage augmented reality headset, that is available for pre-order along with Star Wars Jedi Challenges for $199.99.
In the box you get a lightsaber controller (that’s correct), tracking beacon, Lenovo Mirage AR headset and all the additional equipment required to set the device up. Your lightsaber has three buttons on it, Power, Blade and Force. The developers announce lightsaber battles, but also some additional board-style games where you will act as commander against the Empire. Trailer looks promising, and we are just can’t wait to try out Star Wars Jedi Challenges!
Last, but not least, here are few honourable mentions.