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Star Wars: Trials On Tatooine Brings Free Lightsaber Experience To Vive

Star Wars VR lightsaber battle experiment, Trials On Tatooine, is available free of charge for Vive as of today.

We actually had a hands-on with the experience way back in the mists of early 2016 while at GDC where Adam stood in a room in the Valve demo area and marvelled at the virtual Lucasfilm-iverse. It’s not a game so much as it is a virtual experience – they call it a “cinematic virtual reality experiment”. You can read the full hands-on account here but he says things like this:

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Hands On With Star Wars VR: Trials On Tatooine

I’m standing in a shadow cast by the Millennium Falcon, which just parked up next to me. I can’t hop on board but when a ramp unfolds to let an R2 unit trundle onto the small patch of Tatooine that is my home for the duration of this brief demo, I can hear Chewbacca roaring supportively somewhere inside. Han Solo is there as well, providing directions as I patch together the ship’s junky systems from the outside.

As I finished my playtime with Valve’s The Lab, Lucasfilm and Star Wars provided the outro sting. It’s a superb fanfare.

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The Force Of VR: Star Wars: Trials On Tattoine

Imagine what GDC looks like this year: hundreds of grown-ups living out their childhood VR dreams, feeling all cool and special on the inside, and looking extremely silly on the outside. And what better way to fulfill those dreams and forget how silly this all is, than with a Star Wars game?

Star Wars: Trials on Tatooine is a small VR experience that should hopefully lead to an actual game in the future. For now it’s little more than a proof of concept; but what a concept it is, to wield a lightsaber and reflect lasers and not care about what it actually looks like in Real Reality.

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