Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge is a new virtual reality video game experience from Lucasfilm, ILMxLAB, and Oculus that allows players to step into the world of Batuu, the planet where the Star Wars theme park expansions at Disneyland and Disney World exist in the franchise’s official canon. However, rather than creating an experience that just lets fans walk around a virtual version of Galaxy’s Edge, this is an action-packed video game shooter that allows you to explore areas surrounding Black Spire Outpost on Batuu, taking fans into more dangerous and wild territory where enemies are waiting at every turn and deadly creatures won’t hesitate to attack.
/Film was offered the opportunity to play through Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge on the Oculus Quest 2 headset before the game’s release on Oculus devices today. Though VR is still in the early stages of establishing its own corner of the entertainment market, this Star Wars VR adventure is immersive and fun enough to make a simple story and rudimentary gameplay feel more exciting and engaging than your average console game. Read More »
Not too long ago, we called your attention to a new collection of Rick and Morty merchandise from Loot Crate, including a replica of the Butter Robot from “Something Ricked This Way Comes,” a throwback to the ninth episode of the very first season. But Adult Swim is giving the piece of tech with an existential crisis an even cooler collectible by teaming up with Digital Dream Labs to produce a limited-edition, real-working Butter Robot that is more technologically advanced than it has any right to be. Read More »
Back in 2016, the short Gnomes and Goblins Preview teased a chance to step into a fantasy world created by none other than The Lion King director Jon Favreau. It was a fantasy adventure VR simulation that earned tons of buzz and excitement. It took nearly 4 years for a full-fledged PC virtual reality game to be developed by XR developers Wevr, but the full Gnomes & Goblins VR game is finally coming to PC headsets this September. Watch the Gnomes and Goblins trailer below.
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One of the most praised elements of HBO’s Lovecraft Country is its interweaving of America’s racist legacy with the cosmic horror of H.P. Lovecraft, resulting in a series that gracefully and powerfully tackles racism in the past and today. So HBO’s next step in tapping into the popularity of its new sci-fi horror series is to…turn it into a VR experience?
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AppleTV+ has tried free trials. It’s tried building out its back catalog with beloved classic movies and shows. It’s bought a big-budget Martin Scorsese film. So what else can the new streaming platform do to attract and retain new subscribers? It will reportedly introduce us to an augmented reality — that is, augmented reality content that will act as a companion to the AppleTV+ streaming service.
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The Amazon Echo Dot has become increasingly popular as people have gotten more lazy about finding information themselves by putting immense pressure on their fingers to type on a keyboard. With Amazon’s home assistant, you can get answers to loads of questions, check the weather, and even hear some jokes. But the devices themselves can be somewhat of an eyesore. Thankfully, if you’re a Star Wars fan, there’s a way you can spruce up your Echo Dot to make it look like the cute floppy-eared asset from The Mandalorian who is lovingly referred to as Baby Yoda. Read More »
Disney and Lucasfilm have been pulling back the curtain on the making of The Mandalorian and it never ceases to be impressive. The show’s “stagecraft” technology, where a rear-projected LED screen creates a reactive real-time environment for a film scene, is nothing short of mind-blowing, representing a whole new avenue for filmmaking in the years ahead. But this tech is not limited to major corporations and major productions like the first live-action Star Wars TV series. A new video shows the tech in action on a smaller scale, and it’s equally impressive.
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Since lockdown began, co-viewing parties have been all the rage, though the separate apps and plug-ins allowing for these kind of shared streaming experiences have been largely inconsistent. While unofficial parties have made Netflix viewing parties a regular occasion, official watch party options from Twitch and Hulu haven’t gained much traction. But Movies Anywhere, the digital movie library app operated by Disney, is attempting to unify the shared streaming experience with its newly unveiled Watch Together app.
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Amazon Fire TV just got a big upgrade for all the cord-cutters out there. One of the cons of giving up cable in favor of streaming platforms is that you miss out on live TV. But Amazon’s Fire TV platform is expanding to give its customers an old taste of live television again, with several key new services: YouTube TV, Sling TV, and Hulu’s live TV offering.
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Movie theaters still aren’t open, and most people aren’t too keen on sitting in close proximity with each other in front of the television. But in the middle of this pandemic, people have been taking advantage of spending time together virtually. Unfortunately, most of the major streaming services haven’t done much to help viewers connect with their friends online by allowing them to watch movies and TV shows online together. But now that’s changed: Amazon Prime Video has launched its own Watch Party extension which allows up to 100 people to watch something online simultaneously. Read More »