Awaken your Inner Jedi!
For all you Star Wars fans and just general VR lovers, Star Wars: Jedi Challenges poses to be one SERIOUS bit of kit!
It comes with the VR headset (which uses your phone as a display), a replica lightsaber which looks and feels AMAZING and a tracking beacon for accurate location data.
The VR headset is quite smart looking in itself, and far exceeds the look and feel of other similar devices.
Your phone sits in a tray that is slid into the headset and it just does it’s magic from there, very simple setup.
It doesn’t just have you look at your phone screen, it uses a mirror and glass array that projects the image onto the front clear casing, giving you a real world view with augmented reality additions.
Truly has to be seen to be believed.
There are 3 buttons, volume up and down and a select button, once again a simple setup that is efficient.
The pride and joy of the set for me is the replica lightsaber, it’s a heavy duty, well thought out controller and looks beautiful on it’s own.
There is a power switch, an ‘activation matrix’ and a control button, so you don’t have too many buttons to worry about when focusing on gameplay.
All very intuitive and explained in tutorials etc.
It has a nice weight to it, not being too heavy but not being light plastic either.
The hilt is lovely, but the actual saber end is just a little silicon nub which looks odd at first but once you get the headset on and get in game it all makes sense.
Your saber is part of the AR experience and you see it shoot out of the hilt and into it’s full glory with the headset on, with all the sounds and force feedback to make it feel real.
The tracking beacon is a fairly simple bit of kit to the eye, it’s a light up ball on a platform, in which you insert the batteries that are included.
Turn it on, slide it on the ground and that then gives the headset a tracking position and spatial awareness to position the AR games in your vision.
Now onto the actual AR gaming review, I have to say considering I had no clue what to really expect, I was very impressed with this first out of the gate approach to AR gaming.
You have 3 primary games built in, one being Holochess which is the classic as seen in the movies, whereby you play a Star Wars themed chess game.
There is also a real time strategy style game mode whereby you control forces on the ground to defeat your enemies.
This is rather unique as you are looking down on the battlefield like some sort of god and controlling all the action, that is pretty awesome in itself!
Finally you have the lightsaber battling, which sees you taking on forces ranging from droids, all the way up to Kylo Ren himself.
It is a unique mix of defense and attack, deflecting lasers and stopping lightsabers before going in for the kill yourself.
All of these provide hours of entertainment and it is a BRILLIANT insight into the use of this technology in the future.
Can’t wait to see what comes around in the next few years.