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Star Wars: Battlefront Beta opens today at 10AM PST

Star Wars: Battlefront Beta opens today at 10AM PST

Thursday the 8th of October, 2015, the Star Wars Battlefront BETA began opening its doors to the public. This open invitation will be brought to users on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, including several modes of play and environments. This BETA test will be sent out for two reasons. The first is to test the servers - any game that's based primarily in an online environment such as this needs time to make certain it'll be able to be handled at scale. The second reason this BETA exists is that the game itself must be tested for flaws by a large number of users - tiny flaws like bonus icons disappearing when you throw a thermal detonator - that's what they'll looking for.

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HP Star Wars Special Edition is the Sith of notebooks

HP Star Wars Special Edition is the Sith of notebooks

Star Wars: The Force Awakens may still be several months out, but HP might have the limited-edition PC to tide over your sci-fi needs. The new HP Star Wars Special Edition notebook may have a Pavilion at its core, but it's been thoroughly customized with external graphics, accessories, and a whole catalog of digital content.

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Princess Leia ‘slave’ bikini auctioned for $96K

Princess Leia ‘slave’ bikini auctioned for $96K

It's no surprise that an authentic prop or costume from the original Star Wars trilogy sells for a high price during an auction. In the latest case, it was the gold bikini worn by Princess Leia when she was enslaved to Jabba the Hutt in Return of the Jedi, and the lucky bidder won it for $96,000. The costume, which was to be used by actress Carrie Fisher, was sold through the auction house Profiles in History on October 1st.

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Jabba the Hutt inflatable lawn decor launches for Halloween

Jabba the Hutt inflatable lawn decor launches for Halloween

The month of Halloween is upon us, and with it comes lawn decorations — commonly the tacky, giant inflatable ones that flap around in the autumn wind. If you’re into tacky inflatables, we’re not judging — they’re fun, especially when they come in the form of Jabba the Hutt from Star Wars. The inflatable is pretty big — it measures in at 6ft x 10ft, making it big enough to see from any direction.

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Star Wars The Force Awakens toys cover only film’s “first third”

Star Wars The Force Awakens toys cover only film’s “first third”

As you may have guessed, the Star Wars merchandise revealed for The Force Awakens thus far is not the full shebang. Steve Evans, Hasbro's design director for their Star Wars line of toys, spoke this week on the future of the toy line. He revealed that the Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys released thus far had been purposefully restricted in their detail. The detail they'd reveal about the film, not the detail in their plastic. They are, in fact, only from "the first third of the film."

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Seasons of the Force opens in Disneyland staring Nov. 16

Seasons of the Force opens in Disneyland staring Nov. 16

No, this isn't yet the dream come true Star Wars themed lands. That is going to take a lot more time and won't even begin until next year. But to cash in on all the hype and excitement that the upcoming Star Wars film will generate, Disney will be giving Disneyland visitors a foretaste of what's to come. Starting November 16 in Disneyland Parks in South California and Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida, visitors will be treated to one of a kind "Seasons of the Force" Star Wars experience with some of the franchise's most iconic characters.

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Star Wars VR trailer released to Google Cardboard on YouTube (unofficially)

Star Wars VR trailer released to Google Cardboard on YouTube (unofficially)

Today we begin to see what it'll be like to be part of the Star Wars universe in virtual reality. While we saw the Facebook release of a 360-vision speeder journey through a shipyard on Jakku yesterday, today we're going to the planet with VR goggles on. Today we don't just imagine what it'll be like to look around this environment - we can really do it! And you can too - all you'll need is a pair of Google Cardboard goggles and your smartphone.

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Star Wars Rogue One PS4 VR helmet bundle is fake, but not that far off

Star Wars Rogue One PS4 VR helmet bundle is fake, but not that far off

Today a magnificent forgery has gone viral - one that shows the possibilities with a Star Wars game with its own virtual reality helmet. Not only does this helmet look and feel like a real Rogue Squadron X-Wing pilot helmet, it also incorporates Sony's Project Morpheus - or better known now as PlayStation VR. Again, this bundle isn't actually real - it's a clever construction - but it's not that far off point. ILMxLAB will soon be making products like this a reality.

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Star Wars 360 video sends you speeding on Jakku

Star Wars 360 video sends you speeding on Jakku

This morning the first 360-degree immersive Star Wars: The Force Awakens experience was released - and what a doozie it is. This experience comes in the form of a 360-degree Facebook video, created with the technology described in our first ILMxLAB feature. Here you'll be jamming along the sands of Jakku on the speeder you saw in the first couple of teaser trailers for the new movie. You're driving as Rey would, and if you listen closely, you'll hear that the droid BB-8 is along for the ride as well. Watch out for desert marauders while you're out there.

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New Millennium Falcon, Tie Fighter wireless Bluetooth speakers debut

New Millennium Falcon, Tie Fighter wireless Bluetooth speakers debut

Just in time for Episode VII: The Force Awakens — well, actually, with plenty of time before the movie the hits theaters — a new pair of Star Wars-themed wireless speakers have arrived courtesy of iHome. Available from ThinkGeek starting today for $60 each are the Millennium Falcon and Tie Fighter speakers, both supporting Bluetooth and the ability to stream music from 30 feet away. And when you're not blasting the Star Wars soundtrack through them, they can even be used as a speakerphone for calls.

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Star Wars original theatrical cuts tipped for re-release

Star Wars original theatrical cuts tipped for re-release

This evening the re-release of the original Star Wars movies - the theatrical cuts of the movies, that is - has been tipped. Not announced by Lucasfilm or Disney, but tipped, by film director John Landis. Landis is a friend of George Lucas and apparently suggested to him that the original cuts of the first three Star Wars films would be re-released. Not necessarily on any sort of format - DVD, Blu-Ray, or anything specific that we know of - just re-released.

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Boeing’s R2-D2 themed 787 Dreamliner hits the skies next month

Boeing’s R2-D2 themed 787 Dreamliner hits the skies next month

Get ready to book some airline tickets, Star Wars fans, as Boeing's new R2-D2 themed 787 Dreamliner will begin service next month. The droid-designed aircraft represents one of the first big international marketing pushes for the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens film. The plane will be operated by Japanese airline ANA, which has also revealed several other Star Wars themed aircrafts that will take to the skies soon.

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