New 360-degree Star Wars trailer released

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A short, exclusive Star Wars clip is among the first 360-degree videos to be posted on Facebook, after the social media giant rolled out its new future the day before.

The 50 second clip, created by Lucasfilm’s special effects team, allows the user to look around the scene - in this case a space racer on a desert planet – using the mouse on a PC, or just moving the screen if on a mobile device.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Immersive 360 Experience

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, 23 September 2015

Since its posting less than 24 hours ago, the clip has already racked up over 1.6 million views.

Facebook is the latest entrant to the market for 360 video. Online video site YouTube, has already entered the new space.

While technically difficult to shoot, 360 degree cameras are slowly becoming more widely adopted.

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