Star Wars is getting the VR treatment

Star Wars is getting the VR treatment

Lightsaber battles, space dogfights and the Force… if there’s one major franchise that seems ripe to adopt the techno-wizardry of virtual reality, it’s Star Wars. And that’s exactly what’s happening.

Soon enough, anyway. A video shared by Industrial Light and Magic shows how its effects gurus are working with Lucasfilm and Skywalker Sound to create the ILM Experience Lab – a new division focused on virtual-reality story telling.

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Given the teams are all intimately associated with Star Wars, it’s no surprise most of the assets shown off in the demo video include Star Wars properties – but that doesn’t make it any less awesome. The live motion capture at 0:30 being rendered in real time is amazing, and the the hologram-like projections at 2:23 looks like something – well, out of Star Wars.

There’s no word on when any of this will actually reach consumers – but we sure can’t wait until it does.

ILMxLAB Launch [ILMVisualFX via TechCrunch]

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