Jakku Spy, a Google Cardboard experience presented by Verizon, is available as part of the official Star Wars app. Developed by Lucasfilm’s ILMxLAB studio along with Google and Verizon, Jakku Spy immerses viewers into the Star Wars universe like they’ve never experienced it before. Take on the role of a Resistance secret agent on Jakku (the desert world from Star Wars: The Force Awakens) as you explore the lore of the upcoming film via a series of story-driven installments. Integral to Jakku Spy is the Google Cardboard viewer, which StarWars.com announced as a “retro-fun, fold-and-assemble frame for smartphones that enables virtual reality immersion. Holding the viewer to your eyes, the outside world fades away. There’s only the Jakku skies, sands, and the curious things happening in the surrounding 360 degrees.” Four limited edition Star Wars: The Force Awakens-themed Google Cardboard viewers, including BB-8, Kylo Ren, First Order stormtrooper, and R2-D2, will be available exclusively at Verizon stores. Check out the Star Wars virtual reality device in the video below:
“ILMxLAB’s whole foundation and mission is about creating immersive entertainment, and that includes virtual reality,” Rob Bredow, Lucasfilm’s head of New Media/VP, Advanced Development Group, told StarWars.com in an exclusive interview. “We think a lot of people are going to get to experience virtual reality in Google Cardboard for the first time with Jakku Spy. It’s a great opportunity because there’s this familiar content — characters and vehicles that you’ve seen in trailers — but you’re seeing it in a completely new way.”
As one of these first time Google Cardboard users, I’m already both impressed and intrigued. TheGeeko.com was sent a few viewers and after downloading the Star Wars app and launching Jakku Spy, I found myself among the sand dunes of Jakku. To anyone watching me, I was spinning wildly on my couch in my living room, holding a piece of cardboard to my face, when in (virtual) reality I was watching the millennium falcon fly by as it evaded its attackers. The lovable BB-8 then presented me with the first of 9 messages.
TheGeeko.com will be reporting throughout the month of December as we embrace our new role of spy and see what Jakku has in store for us – make sure to stop by for the play by play. We’re also going to be giving away a few Google Cardboard limited edition Jakku Spy viewers so make sure to follow us on twitter (here and here) and facebook for all the details.