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Industrial Light and Magic creates a VR experience for Star Wars fans

Star Wars fans listen up! ILM has created a VR experience where you can 'literally step into an alternate reality'

By Anthony Garreffa on Jun 14, 2015 03:33 am CDT - 0 mins, 47 secs reading time

With Oculus VR unveiling the Oculus Rift CV1 last week, it should come as no surprise that the special effects arm of Lucasfilm, Industrial Light and Magic, has worked on a photo-realistic AR and VR experience that throws Star Wars fans into the middle of a new world.

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USA Today had some hands-on time with the demo, with ILM showing them the new experience at their ILMxLab development studio. The AR system was powered by iPads, while the VR experience used the Oculus Rift. With an iPad, users can watch a 360-degree scene from any of the characters' points of view, while the VR experience pitted users into a virtual X-wing cockpit, where they can steer the fighter craft through head tilts.

Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy told USA Today: "With image-quality rivaling film. You'll be able to literally step into an alternate reality." Both versions are expected to debut alongside the new film this Christmas".

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Anthony Garreffa

Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games to be built around consoles. With FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with high-end, custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU technology is unwavering, and with next-gen NVIDIA GPUs about to launch alongside 4K 144Hz HDR G-Sync gaming monitors and BFGDs (65-inch 4K 120Hz HDR G-Sync TVs) there has never been a time to be more excited about technology.

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