Disney just launched its first virtual reality “experience” to tie in with the launch of the upcoming “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” movie.
It features the show’s iconic title sequence — and the Millennium Falcon being pursued by fighters.
The movie studio and Google have teamed up to release a series of virtual reality “experiences” based on the sci-fi blockbusters series, the companies announced earlier in November. They are being developed by Lucasfilm lab ILMxLAB.
You watch the experience using Google Cardboard, Google’s DIY virtual reality headset made of — you guessed it — cardboard. It works on both Android and iOS. Access the experience itself using the official Star Wars app: Download the Android version here, or the iOS version here. You watch it using Google Cardboard, Google’s DIY virtual reality headset made out of — you guessed it — cardboard.
In the US, you can pick up a special version of Cardboard from Verizon shops starting from today. Alternately, you can get one directly from Google or its partners. It will work on both iOS and Android.
If you don’t have a Google Cardboard headset, that’s not a problem. There’s also an option to view it as a regular video, moving the phone to see from different angles.
The first experience — named “Jakku Spy” — went live at 8AM GMT on Wednesday morning. The roughly minute-long clip features Star Wars’ iconic title sequence and the Millennium Falcon being pursued over the desert world Jakku by fighters. It appears to be the same chase scene seen in an earlier trailer for the movie.
It’s the first in a series of these experiences — 8 more are still to come, with the next dropping two days from now.
The VR project is one of a number of tie-ins between Google and Disney ahead of the new movies. Google users can also choose a special theme for their apps based on either the Light or Dark Side, and Easter eggs have been littered through Google’s products.
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” opens in cinemas on December 17.
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