Nerf Guns just got a new look. Now, you can spend your summer fighting your friends with AR-enabled Nerf guns.

You might remember being a kid, jonesing for the latest Nerf gun releases. I coveted my peashooter while other kids (including my brother) touted the big weapons with all the bells and whistles.

Well, good news: not only are we now adults with money to buy our own Nerf guns, 2018 Nerf guns come with AR capabilities.

How does the Nerf Laser Ops Pro use AR to enhance the classic experience?

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The First Shot at Phone Integration Since 2012

Back in 2012, Laser Ops Pro models had integrated phone housings. But the newest models simply come with wrist mounts for your smartphone.

In fact, the Laser Ops Pro is the first laster tag related offering from Nerf since 2012.

As you can see in the image above, the design doesn’t differ wildly from the classic Nerf style we all know and love. It’s also reminiscent of my favorite brand of guns to use in the video game franchise Borderlands.

One of the most exciting things about the experience is that you can play without one of those clunky, ill-fitting, and sweaty laser tag vests. Nerf positioned the laser detectors at the end of the blaster for ease of use.

The companion app connects via Bluetooth, allowing for teams, score keeping, and tracking local/global leaderboards. But don’t worry: this isn’t like Destiny where you have to always have an internet connection. You can use the blasters without the app, too.

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Options for Different Types of Users and Gameplay

It feels odd to treat a Nerf gun and smartphone app like a video game, but here we are.

In 2018, the AR smartphone app allows you to link up multiple blasters or play solo. You can choose unique nicknames, set up custom games, and include set parameters such as time limits.

But here’s the really cool part: the single player mode takes place ENTIRELY in AR.

That’s right: you can have a solo laser tag AR experience at your house. Just affix your smartphone to the end of the blaster, then explore your surroundings. You can laser digital objects to your heart’s content.

You can pick up the Laser Ops Pro Alphaburst or Deltaburst models retailing for $30 USD and $50 USD respectively. Of course, that’s if you can tear yourself away from creating your own hideous dinosaur progeny in the Jurassic World AR game.

Could AR laser tag become more popular than VR laser tag in the future?

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