A couple months back we told you how Facebook was going to have their own Star Wars 360 virtual reality experience. Well, it seems like that has expanded into a much bigger deal that any smart phone user can enjoy now. ILMxLAB, a new division focused on creating immersive entertainment, appears to have been working on this project for some time. And this is what they have in store for us:
This will feature the first-of-its-kind serialized Google Cardboard Virtual Reality (VR) experience that combines a compelling story, which ties directly into the opening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, with the very latest cutting-edge Virtual Reality technology. The Google Cardboard Virtual Reality experience will live in the official Star Wars app and is available on both iOS and Android devices.
Another tie-in for The Force Awakens, which already has so much hype that you might actually have gone into a state of mental shock at this point. And with how good Lucasfilm has been about not giving away too much plot, you can expect this to be a good primer to the film without it ruining anything you don’t want spoiled before opening day.
The tech behind this seems pretty rad, too. There’s always been some scoffing about the Google Cardboard experience, but for what it is, it makes for a fun grab-and-go VR experience. Also, there will be four different themed Cardboard goggles for you to rush to collect, because you know you’ll want them all. The catch is they will only be available at Verizon stores. It doesn’t mean you have to have a Verizon plan to use them, you just have to trek out to one and grab it (still unknown what the cost is) if you want the special Star Wars one. Of course, if you have any old Google Cardboard lying around, you can just use that.
The app will be available to download on December 2 for both iOS and Android users to soar through the skies as we count down the days to the debut of The Force Awakens. 16 days, 15 hours, 14 minutes, and 3 seconds at the time of writing this sentence.