Lucasfilm VR demo lets you swing a lightsaber on Tatooine


— 9:28 AM on March 15, 2016

LucasFilm's ILMxLAB has prepared a virtual-reality demonstration called Star Wars: Trials on Tatooine for the HTC Vive platform. The experiment was made using Epic's Unreal Engine. Among other things, it lets the Vive wearer wield a lightsaber with the aid of a Vive controller.

The demonstration contains several familiar elements from the Star Wars universe. The experience puts the Vive wearer in the boots (but not behind the mask) of a young Kylo Ren on the planet Tatooine. After watching the Millenium Falcon land, Ren meets Han Solo and R2-D2 and assists with repairing the Falcon. Later, Ren grabs a lightsaber to help fight off some Stormtroopers.

The whole thing reportedly lasts about ten minutes, and Road to VR and and The Los Angeles Times have both produced detailed walkthroughs of the experience. The trailer is below. 

The ILMxLAB is charged with exploring new ways of storytelling using immersive technologies like VR, and the Trials on Tatooine demo is one of its experiments. This demo isn't intended for commercial release, but ILMxLAB told The Los Angeles Times that it's working on other more ambitious experiences that will eventually make their way to consumers.

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