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Explore this planet from ‘The Force Awakens’ right now on Facebook

Facebook unsheathes 360 video—and it's awesome.


Michelle Jaworski


Posted on Sep 23, 2015   Updated on May 27, 2021, 10:25 pm CDT

Star Wars: The Force Awakens may not come out for a few more months, but there’s at least one planet that you can explore now.

The Star Wars Facebook page published a new interactive video Wednesday from its virtual reality team, allowing fans a sneak peek at the desert planet Jakku from the driver’s seat of Rey’s speeder bike. You’ll catch all walks of life as the speeder travels through the wreckage in the desert, along with a cameo from an already-beloved new character.

But what makes this more than your average behind-the-scenes glimpse is the physical video itself. It’s a 360 Video—a new feature from Facebook that officially launched today—which means that you can now use your mouse to grab the video and move it in multiple directions to discover a wealth of detail while the video plays and it’s paused.

Go ahead and test it out. We’ll wait.

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The 360 Video feature been rolled out to a number of publishers already including Star Wars, Discovery, GoPro, and Saturday Night Live, and the videos are already appearing in News Feeds for Web and Android. It will come to iOS in the coming months.

“There’s also a whole world of video creators and storytellers who are at the cutting edge of exploring this medium, and over the coming days they too will be able to upload their 360 videos to Facebook,” said Maher Saba, Facebook’s engineering director of video. “We’re excited to see more innovative and compelling 360 videos being shared from these publishers.”

And while we may not be in that galaxy far, far away just yet—we’re one step closer to it.

Screengrab via Star Wars/Facebook

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*First Published: Sep 23, 2015, 5:18 pm CDT