On this unofficial holiday, Disney and Lenovo announced a new update to the Star Wars: Jedi Challenges app that makes it possible for two players to engage in a lightsaber duel against each other in an augmented reality experience. The new feature is called Lightsaber Versus Mode. Lenovo says the new feature is “the first time two players can play simultaneously while being able to see the other player’s lightsaber in AR.”
To make this AR magic happen, players will need a few things. Obviously they will need the Star Wars: Jedi Challenge app and a smartphone to run it on. They will also need a Lenovo Mirage AR headset, a Lightsaber Controller, and a Tracking Beacon. Finally, they will have to both be connected to the same WiFi network. With all of that in place, users will be able to duel each other.
Jeff Meredith, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Lenovo Consumer PCs and Smart Devices, says “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. We’re excited to continue collaborating with Disney to fulfill fans’ wishes by testing the frontiers of augmented reality. The introduction of the Lightsaber Versus Mode is another step in our journey to offering consumers one-of-a-kind, immersive experiences made possible by AR.”
This is the second free update that has been issued for Star Wars: Jedi Challenges since the original release in late 2017. In normal play, users train and duel as Jedi against virtual opponents like Kylo Ren or Darth Vader.