iPhone Users Can Now Play Star Wars' Dejarik Holochess in AR Without a Headset

By Tom Pritchard on at

It's been a good few months since Lenovo released the Mirage, a mobile-powered AR headset, alongside the Jedi Challenges app. In said app you could fight lightsaber battles, play Dejarik holochess, and play a tactics-based minigame in augmented reality. Obviously back at launch you needed a headset to do all that, but now Jedi Challenges has been updated to let iOS users play Dejarik without having to spend £250.

That is assuming your device can run Apple's ARKit, you can load up the latest version of the app and start playing the game without having to wear anything. It's all there on the screen in front of you, with all 18 levels offering 2-3 hours of gameplay. From the looks of things everything is exactly the same as it is if you wear the headset, the only real difference is that you don't need to do that.

It's a small update, but if you were wary about dropping £250 on a headset that only has the one app then it's worth checking out. The app is free, so if you're a Star Wars fan then there isn't really all that much to think about. Unfortunately for Android users this update is nowhere to be seen, and clearly Lenovo has some work to do before it adds ARCore comparability to Jedi Challenges.

Jedi Challenges is available to download from the iOS App Store, where it costs absolutely nothing. Android users can also get it from Google Play, assuming you've spent £250 on the headset and related accessories.

And remember, let the wookiee win.

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