If you managed to get your hands on the Star Wars: Jedi Challenges AR headset that Disney and Lenovo teamed up to sell starting last year, then you’re in for a treat.
The augmented reality headset lightsaber kit app is getting a free update called “Lightsaber Versus Mode”. The update will allow users to have epic multiplayer lightsaber battles, assuming that everyone pitches in for their own headset, of course.
Lenovo unveiled the new mode in a press release earlier today, calling it a “first-of-its-kind”. Needless to say, we look forward to seeing who is the Chosen One in these multiplayer battles.
How does the Lightsaber Versus Mode work?
The Lightsaber Versus Mode requires two of the Lenovo Mirage AR kits, which will set you back $199 USD each. The kits include a Lenovo Mirage headset, a lightsaber controller, and a tracking beacon, along with all the necessary cables and batteries.
Players need to download the Jedi Challenges app once they have their brand-new headset using a compatible smartphone. The two duelers then stand a few feet apart, just like in a regular duel (LARPing fans will understand), and the headset will project a lightsaber beam over their controllers.
Remember that this is AR though, so you’ll be able to see your opponent in your setting as well.
The AR headset doesn’t let you slash your opponent to pieces, but instead it brings in familiar elements from the single-player mode.
“In Lightsaber Versus Mode, players are guided by visual cues indicating when and where to block, dodge, and strike. As players face off, the battle increases in difficulty until one player claims victory,” Lenovo wrote.
For example, one person will see visual cues when they can strike, and the other person will receive cues to block that same area. If you duck or block at the right time, you get a turn to strike, otherwise, you lose HP.
Players wanting to become Jedi Masters can still play the three single-player classics included with the app. These include Lightsaber Battles, Holochess, and Strategic Combat, in addition to the new Lightsaber Versus Mode.
“One of the most popular fan requests since the launch of Star Wars: Jedi Challenges is to enable 1-on-1 local multiplayer mode for fans to duel one another in lightsaber battles,” says Senior VP of Lenovo Consumer Devices, Jeff Meredith. “We’re excited to continue collaborating with Disney to fulfill fans’ wishes by testing the frontiers of augmented reality.”
Once you have the Lenovo Mirage headsets, you can download the Jedi Challenges app from the buttons below.
Will you be picking up one of these headsets now that Lightsaber Versus Mode is here? Let us know in the comments!