Move, Star Wars. You are no longer the only Disney property that can be played with the Lenovo Mirage AR headset.
On Thursday, the superhero powerhouse unveiled Marvel Dimension of Heroes, a new mobile app for iOS and Android plugged into a Lenovo Mirage AR holster. Combined with a headset and a range of locating beacons and handheld controllers, three are being augmented – Reality game modes unlocked, which are full of heroes, bad guys and generic henchmen. Thor, Black Panther, Star Lord and Captain Marvel. The controllers project the individual forces of each character into the field of view of the AR headset, allowing players to hit, blast, or hurl their enemies, anchored by spacecraft beacons, into space.
In the story mode in Dimension of Heroes, players go through a story with known villains like Loki, Ronan the Prosecutor Ultron Prime and the Winter Soldier, with Dormammu as the big evil of the game; Players can also invite allies such as the Hulk in support of the story. For those who only want to fight hordes of evil, there is a solo mode. Finally, there is a co-op mode where friends with Lenovo Mirage AR headsets can connect to the same Wi-Fi network and play together.
Marvel's AR game is a kind of reboot for the Lenovo Mirage AR headset. Previously, the headset was only available as part of the Star Wars Jedi Challenge game set. Now, however, the headset, along with tracking beacons and a pair of universal controllers instead of the replica lightsaber for $ 249, is available on Amazon under its own name.
And what about those shopping for the Star Wars game in the headset? to have? There is good news and bad news. The good news is that according to Lenovo's FAQ, the Mirage headset also works with Dimension of Heroes. The bad news is that you still need the new universal controllers. These can be purchased separately from Lenovo starting on September 6 for $ 99.
Admire fans entering the Lenovo AR train with the new Mirage AR set; you too can play Star Wars Jedi Challenges, as one of the controllers in this game can act as a lightsaber.
In any case, interested players need a compatible smartphone. Any iPhone model that is newer than the iPhone 6 fits into the headset, and Lenovo introduces the Samsung Galaxy S9, S8, S7 Edge and S7, Google Pixel and Pixel XL, Moto Z2 Force, Moto Z, LG G6, Huawei Mate 10 and Mate on 10 Pro, Nova 2S, Xiaomi MIX2 and Sony Xperia XZ1 were rated as Android compatible. In general, smartphones should work with at least Android 7 or iOS, which fit into the docking station and meet certain hardware requirements.
To play the AR games, the headset and peripherals are required, which are in part powered by the technology of Ximmerse, there is a little content for those who install the free app. There is also a Photo Booth feature, which displays animated Doctor Strange stickers in the user's field of view. However, this part is a very basic AR experience without understanding the environment through ARKit or ARCore. Another 12 characters can be unlocked by users who are going through the story mode of the game. There is also a link to the game's website (not yet online) where you can buy the required hardware.
This is not Marvel's first attempt to play AR games. Last year, the Disney affiliate mimicked Star Wars: Jedi challenges with their own Iron Man AR helmet and Hasbro game. This year, Marvel AR has been integrated into an Iron Man robot.
But it's not as if Marvel fans have no experience with their favorite heroes. Marvel expands its entertainment empire between AR content for mobile platforms such as Google Playground, Facebook Spark AR and Snapchat, stand-alone mobile apps and brand connectivity across all areas of AR.
Marvel's latest AR offer comes with an interesting outcome in the development of AR hardware, where various options for end users are coming onto the market. A headset with limited use, such as the Lenovo Mirage AR, which has now doubled its compatible AR apps to a total of two, could attract Star Wars and Marvel fans, but it's not enough to reach the critical mass that has become A success in the mainstream would qualify.
The Mirage AR headset and its games are a footnote in the history of AR hardware, but for those looking for Marvel AR gaming experience now, Lenovo has one of the few tickets in the city.