Verizon giving away free Star Wars-themed VR headsets

Select Verizon wireless retail stores will give away a limited number of Google Cardboard viewers to Verizon customers, the company announced today.

(Image courtesy Verizon.)

(Image courtesy Verizon.)

The giveaway starts tomorrow, December 2, with four different designs featuring BB-8, R2-D2, Kylo Ren, and the new First Order Stormtrooper.

There are also companion apps for iOS and Android that you can download and run without having the Verizon headset.

You can download the app now, but the virtual reality content won’t be here until Wednesday. Which is probably when you’re reading this article anyway.

The four cases. (Image courtesy Verizon.)

The four cases. (Image courtesy Verizon.)

 

There is also a 360-degree trailer for Star Wars available on Facebook, but it doesn’t work in Google Cardboard mode. There’s a low-quality version that has been ported to YouTube which does work in virtual reality mode, but I had problems watching it because it was so pixellated.

Google's Star Wars feature transforms Gmail, Google Calendar, YouTube, and other desktop Google applications.

Google’s Star Wars feature transforms Gmail, Google Calendar, YouTube, and other desktop Google applications.

Google also has a Star Wars themed experience for its desktop users.

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Maria Korolov is editor and publisher of Hypergrid Business. She has been a journalist for more than twenty years and has worked for the Chicago Tribune, Reuters, and Computerworld and has reported from over a dozen countries, including Russia and China.