Speed Through Jakku in New Star Wars: The Force Awakens Interactive Video

(Photo: Facebook / Lucasfilm)

Facebook has teamed up with companies like Disney, NBC, Discovery, and even Lebron James to release new 360 degree video experiences. Star Wars: The Force Awakens got one of the first of these videos, with a ride on a speeder through the desert landscape of Jakku, the planet that Rey (Daisy Ridley) hails from in the film.

Speed across the Jakku desert from Star Wars: The Force Awakens with this immersive 360 experience created exclusively for Facebook.

Posted by Star Wars on Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The new videos let fans click and drag around the video to change the angle, controlling the camera as the speeder races through the ruins of the Battle of Jakku, a seminal moment in the war against the Empire that took place shortly after the Battle of Endor, and will be portrayed for the first time in the Star Wars: Battlefront video game. The fallen Star Destroyer, seen first in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, can be seen, as well as other wreckage from the battle. If you look to your right while passing by the Star Destroyer, you may catch a familiar roar and wave from a certain hairy friend. Lucasfilm also confirmed that this is Rey's signature speeder you're riding, the one packaged with toys of the figure that also makes an appearance in the trailer.

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Discovery, meanwhile takes you underwater with Adam Savage of Mythbusters to swim with sharks. GoPro takes you on a motorbike ride through sand dunes, Lebron James and pals take you through a workout, SNL puts you in the audience for the 40th Anniversay special, and Vice gets serious with a look at war-torn Afghanistan. More 360 "VR" experiences with Facebook are planned soon, with similar content developers. The videos currently work on computers and Android devices, with iOS support "coming soon."