So long foam darts, hello laser beams? Nerf's new Laser Ops Pro blasters are coming next month. They've got built-in IR receivers (so you don't have to wear a vest to get hit), force feedback when you shoot, and reload buttons you'll smash to refill their virtual magazines, too.
Last July, we wondered if Recoil challenge Nerf for blaster-toy-aisle dominance. Sure enough!and
Similar to Recoil, you'll pair Nerf's Laser Ops to a smartphone (one you'll strap on your wrist) to form teams and keep score -- but you may only need a single smartphone to play, Popular Science reports.
It sounds like it's not quite as sophisticated a laser tag system as Recoil (Recoil has players walk back to dedicated "respawn" zones and pick up powerups using GPS) but it's also a lot cheaper to get started. Nerf's blasters are coming in August for $30 (roughly £22 or AU$40) per Alphapoint pistol or $50 (roughly £40 or AU$70) per Deltaburst rifle, and you can also pick up a two-pack of pistols for a discount.
Both have lights and sounds, but the Deltaburst also has an LCD screen on the back to display your health and ammo count. You'll need 4 AA batteries for the pistol and 6 AAs for the rifle.
Popular Science got to try the blasters, so check out their story for more detail.
Originally published July 2.
Update, July 3 at 10:53 a.m. PT: Updated with official info from Hasbro and a picture of the Alphapoint pistol.