Soon you’ll be able to battle stormtroopers in virtual reality when ILM releases Trials on Tatooine for the HTC Hive.
Virtual Reality will go mainstream this year with the release of several VR headsets. Sony has developed a headset to work in conjunction with their PlayStation 4 console, known as Sony PlayStation VR (formerly Project Morpheus).
Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are the other two headset units to be released and work in conjunction with a home computer that meets the minimum specifications. Be warned, there hefty specifications requiring lots of RAM and high-end graphics cards.
Meanwhile the famous special effects company, Industrial Light and Magic (ILM), have set up a division to experiment with the latest immersive technology, the ILMxLab.
Later this year, ILMxLabs will release Trials on Tatooine, what they are referring to as a “cinematic virtual reality experiment”. As you can see from the brief trailer below, you’ll battle stormtroopers, interact with R2-D2 and apparently the Millenium Falcon will also make an appearance.
If you want to experience this for yourself, you can hop along to the HTC Vive official site and place a pre-order now. However, if you plan on being an early adopter of a VR headset, expect to pay a price. The headset will set you back £689 plus an additional postage and packaging charge of £57.60!