Is there a science-fiction franchise more ripe for an augmented reality game than Star Wars? Disney and Lenovo don’t think so, hence Star Wars: Jedi Challenges, a new gaming system that promises lightsaber battles, Holochess, and more in your own home, powered by your smartphone. Affordable VR has had its tipping point; now, it’s time for AR to do the same.
The Star Wars: Jedi Challenges system isn’t the first augmented reality system we’ve seen, but it’s probably the most inexpensive. Compared to, say, Microsoft’s HoloLens, Lenovo’s $199.99 headset is a fraction of the price. Then again, even the company and partner Disney are upfront about this not being the be-all and end-all in enterprise-grade graphics. The goal here is affordable fun.
The headset – Lenovo is calling it the AR Mirage – weighs just over a pound, and has three adjustable straps to fit over your head. It recharges via microUSB, and has three controls on the side: menu, select, and cancel. Courtesy of the light weight and the cushioned pads, it’s comfortable enough for extended sessions.
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