The recent launch of the official Star Wars app on both the Android and IOS platforms has created a stir in the digital world. The launch comes with the first look at the reality experience at the Jakku Spyvirtual developed by the studio behind the Star Wars films. Jakku Spy is the first widely available official Star Wars virtual reality experience. It has been made available now through the Star Wars app on both the Android and iOS platforms.
The experience developed by ILMxLab, the interactive arm of the studio behind the Star Wars films, consists of 9 snippets which will be released over the next several days on the lead up to the recent movie release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The first of the 9 is unlocked today.The first segment of Jakku Spy is undeniably authentic, the app begins with the classic opening crawl which eventually fades to a rather gorgeous landscape of the desert planet of Jakku. In a transition that would be out of place anywhere but Star Wars, the planet below you gently fades into the ground as a desert view surrounds you. This 360 degree video rendering around you is reasonably high quality but doesn’t appear to be stereoscopic.
After the app launch, you’ll see a landspeeder of some sort which passes by what appears to be your own aircraft parked in the desert. Within a few moments after the start of the game, the Millennium Falcon comes racing out of the sky with enemy craft in pursuit.In the blink of an eye, the aircrafts have left the scene and up comes a droid in the style of BB-8, the droid developed has been kept quite similar to that seen in the trailers of the forthcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens. After presenting you with a collectible card, the droid projects a short message before you which signals the end of the segment.
The first segment of the Jakku Spy app provides an experience that is pretty and authentic, but disappointingly short timed which also includes the slow opening crawl as the entire loop lasts for just 60 seconds. With 8 more moments to unlock over the next two weeks, likely each with a similar runtime, the totality of Jakku Spy is likely to be more satisfying. It’s clear that the segmentation of the application was designed in such a way so as to keep you coming back to the app for more and more entertainment which practically speaking means breaking up what would otherwise be a single large download into more bite-sized bits.
As an addition to this Star Wars app, this experience can also be viewed with Google Cardboard or in a non-VR mode using the phone’s full screen to explore the scene at arms-length using the phone’s on-board sensors. The Cardboard implementation is official, meaning you can scan any ‘Works with Cardboard’ code to optimize playback for your specific viewer.
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