Google is collaborating heavily with Disney for the upcoming release of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Not only has the search giant allowed you to dress up your Google services according to the Light Side or the Dark Side, but Engadget points out that the company has also developed a series of virtual reality experiences for the Cardboard viewer.
The episodes were created by ILMxLAB, the laboratory for immersive entertainment run by Lucasfilm, Industrial Light and Magic, and Skywalker Sound. Directly connected to “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the segments can be accessed through the Star Wars app for iOS and Android. Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait until Dec. 2 to watch them.
If you don’t already have a Cardboard viewer, you can get one now from Google itself. Or, you can wait until Dec. 2 and visit a Verizon store to purchase one of four Star Wars-themed viewers. If you’re feeling particularly crafty, you can even build your own Cardboard viewer.
Disney says that the Google Cardboard virtual reality experience “combines a compelling story, which ties directly into the opening of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’ with the very latest cutting-edge Virtual Reality technology.” I’m anxious to check it out, but haven’t decided if I’ll buy a cardboard viewer or just build my own. Without any pricing revealed for the Star Wars-themed viewers, I may just wait until Dec. 2 to make my decision.