Now, in a room near you – Star Wars: Jedi Challenges adds 1-on-1 local duels in AR

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.

source: Lenovo

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Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a Mazda MX-5 Miata, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three grown kids and a golden retriever.