If there’s one dream that almost every virtual reality (VR) enthusiasts and developer has had it must be a lightsaber VR experience. To capture the feeling of wielding the iconic weapon from the Star Wars franchise has long been a goal many have tried to reach and VR technology, paired with motion controls, represents the best opportunity yet to replicate it. Clearly Sixense, the company behind the STEM motion controllers for VR experiences, realises this.
The company has this week revealed a brand new video showcasing the STEM being used in a Star Wars-inspired experience. The player is able to realistically control a lightsaber using the controller as the hilt of the weapon. It is then used to deflect incoming fire in a training excersise that was first seen in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. The player even has a choice in which colour lightsaber they uses and at one point wields two at the same time.
The demo is also used with the Oculus Rift VR head-mounted display’s (HMD) second development kit (DK2). It was developed as a sample piece for what can be created with the Sixense VR software development kit (SDK) to show what can be done with the toolset. The demo and two others will be included in the SDK for Kickstarter backers. A launch date for the STEM System is still yet to be revealed. VRFocus will continue to follow the tech going forward, reporting back with any more updates.