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Slowly but surely, Facebook’s Oculus Quest virtual reality headsets are making a stronger business case for VR, and music game Beat Saber is at the forefront of that.
A new blog post from VP of content Mike Verdu revealed the latest stats for the game, which “has sold over 4 million copies across platforms and over 40 million songs from paid DLCs”. The latter figure is up from 10m songs sold by May 2020, indicating that Beat Saber has averaged more than 3.4m monthly song sales since then.
The post also gave the latest overall stats for Oculus Quest apps and games. “At Facebook Connect, we also shared that over 35 titles on the Quest platform had generated revenue in the millions,” wrote Verdu, in reference to Facebook’s developer event in September 2020. “About four and a half months later, that number is now more than 60 titles generating revenue in the millions, nearly twice as many as a few months ago. Put another way, that’s one in three paid apps on our store making over $1M in revenue.” That’s a decent hit rate, although the carefully-curated nature of the store plays an important part in that.
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So you’ve just got an Oculus Quest 2, and you’re wondering what to buy after you’ve exhausted all of the best free games and experiences available on the standalone headset. Whether you’re into active games, puzzles, or just want to slice or shoot the ever-living crap out of something, we’re here to help you settle into your new headset with a few games that should keep you playing for tens of hours yet to come.
Note: Don’t forget that you can also play Rift games with an Oculus Link-compatible USB cable and a VR-ready PC. Find out if your PC is ready for Link. There’s plenty of Rift games and SteamVR games that are just waiting to be played through Link.
This list below is a great starting point if you’re looking to burn pretty close to a single Benjamin, although you should definitely check out our list of the best and most rated Oculus Quest games now available, which also includes prices to help you whittle away your hard-earned cash.
Each genre section breaks down pretty close to $100 bucks, which includes games to get your heart pumping, shooter fans, puzzle nerds, fantasy swordplay geeks, and much more.
Music & Move
Beat Saber – $30
If you swear you don’t have any rhythm, maybe you’ve never had the chance to slash a pair of light sabers at flying directional blocks before. Rest assured, you’ll find yourself honing your new Jedi skills to heady EDM beats. Get too good, and you’ll find yourself sweating!
‘Beat Saber’ on Quest
Pistol Whip – $25
Although you might think it belongs in the ‘Shooter’ category by virtue of… well… the guns, this is all about keeping flow, dodging, ducking, and diving to the beat of some seriously awesome music. Cloudhead Games has poured a lot of love into Pistol Whip with a bunch of updates that have brought new levels to the game too, making it a must-have if you want to burn some calories without knowing it. Glutes, quads, arms, and cardio.
‘Pistol Whip’ on Quest
Synth Riders – $25
Synth Riders is a bit like Beat Saber, but has a much more ample multiplayer mode, which lets you not only compete for the higher score while actively playing against friends, but with its new ‘Power-up’ update, you’ll be able to do much more. Now in the multiplayer mode is a Mario Kart-style power-up system that lets you boost through songs for the high score, or send special abilities at you opponents to slow them down in their tracks. Heavy on electrifying synthwave music.
‘Synth Riders’ on Quest
Audica – $30
Harmonix, the studio behind Rock Band and Dance Central, kicked out one of the first rhythm-based shooters alongside Pistol Whip. Instead of John Wick-style action, you’re more of a space pirate zapping abstract orbs in the sky to some seriously heavy tunes.
‘Audica’ on Quest
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The Oculus Quest 2 Is the Best VR Headset for Beat Saber and It's on Sale Today
The Oculus Quest 2 has so far been the best value when it comes to VR gaming. It has phenomenal tracking, it doesn't need to be tethered to a PC, and it boasts a huge library of games. It's also the best VR headset to buy if you want to get into Beat Saber, one of the best VR games out there (as well as a fantastic exercising tool). The biggest reason to jump onto the VR bandwagon with a Quest 2, though, is the fact that it is hundreds of dollars cheaper than its competitors. The Quest 2 normally starts at $299.99. Oculus recently doubled the amount of storage on the base model (from 64GB to 128GB) and, for a limited time, they've sweetened the deal even more if you buy two.
Last Day to Buy an Oculus Quest 2, Get a 2nd for $100 Off at the Oculus Store
Today is the final day to take advantage of the Quest 2 promotion exclusive to the Oculus Store. If you buy an Oculus Quest 2 VR headset at the regular price of $299.99, you can get a second one for $100 off. The Oculus Quest 2 had always been an attractive purchase from a VR standpoint. As a comparison, the HP Reverb G2 and HTC Vive Cosmos cost $600 and the Valve Index costs $1,000.
On a personal note, I own the Oculus Quest 2 specifically for Beat Saber. I purchased the original Rift CV1 headset back in 2016 and since then I've clocked 400 hours in Beat Saber. As a player who values tracking fidelity and controller ergonomics above all else, I was a firm believer that nothing could match the 3-sensor setup of the Rift. I skipped over the Rift S and original Quest for that reason. The Vive, Index, and Reverb G2 were simply too expensive for me, since I only really play Beat Saber and little else (the exception being Half-Life Alyx, which is an exceptional game). When the Quest 2 came out, I was happy with my Rift, but the price point had me intrigued. I purchased it expecting to be disappointed, but was I wrong.
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In my opinion, the Quest 2 has superior tracking over my Rift 3-sensor setup. Whereas on the Rift I could score at least an "S" on every song in Expert+ on Beat Saber's official setlist (including all the DLCs), on the Quest 2 I've been able to score an "SS" and/or full-combo most of them. If you've played Beat Saber for a while, you're probably aware that the offical setlist is very limited and you'll want to download the thousands of modded songs available on the internet. I purchased the Oculus Link cable so that I could play all of my modded songs that I've accrued over the years (I have almost 1,000 downloaded songs). As of now, it works perfectly at the full Quest 2 native resolution, 90Hz refresh rate, and no perceptible lag. It also allows me to play my Rift copy of Beat Saber without having to buy a separate copy for the Quest 2. Nowadays I exclusively play in PCVR mode.
The Quest 2 and the controllers are definitely heavier than the original Rift and Touch controllers, but I was able to get over that after a couple of days. To be perfectly honest, buying a VR headset to play essentially one game is still a pricey proposition. In my defense, it was and still is my preferred form of exercise. I'm a pretty lazy guy when it comes to exercise, and I've tried to break that habit by getting at-home equipment like a pair of adjustable dumbbells, a power tower, and a fancy rower, but Beat Saber is really the only form of exercise that I return to again and again. So if you're like me and you're looking to get a VR headset specifically for Beat Saber, in my opinion there is no other headset to consider.
2018 virtual reality rhythm game
2019 video game
Beat Saber is a virtual realityrhythm game developed and published by Czech game developer Beat Games. It takes place in a surrealistic neon environment and features the player slicing blocks representing musical beats with a pair of contrasting-colored sabers. Following an early access release in November 2018, the game was officially released for PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Windows on May 21, 2019, and supports most virtual reality headsets.
Main article: List of songs in Beat Saber
The game includes several songs with up to five levels of difficulty, starting from Easy all the way to Expert+. The player uses VR motion controllers to wield a pair of glowing sabers, which by default are colored red and blue for left and right respectively. In each song, the game presents the player with a stream of approaching blocks, laid out in sync with the song's beats and notes, located in one of the 12 possible positions of a 4x3 grid.
The game also features the option of playing some songs in certain orientations where blocks approach from around the player. Each block varies in color, corresponding to the color of the saber that should be used to slash it. Each one may also be marked with an arrow indicating one of eight possible directions in which the block may be required to be slashed through. There are also blocks with dots instead of arrows, which players may hit in any direction. When a block is properly slashed by a saber, it is destroyed and a score is awarded, based on the length and angle of the swing and the accuracy of the cut.
In addition, there are occasionally bombs that the player should not hit, and obstacles in the form of oncoming walls that the player's head should avoid. Underneath the path where the blocks travel is a white bar that slowly fills up as the player hits notes correctly. If the player hits any note in the incorrect direction, this 'health bar' will decrease by a small bit. If the player completely misses a note, the bar will lose a larger amount. If the bar becomes completely empty, the game will end.
Since its early access stages, the game included a single-player mode as well as a party mode, which features a leaderboard with the player's names, which are entered after each song is played. Additionally, the game includes a level editor and a practice mode that allows the player to alter the song's speed, or start playing it from any point in time, and not just the beginning. The game added a multiplayer mode in which anywhere between 2-5 players can play a level together, with the person with the highest score winning.
Beat Saber shipped with ten songs, but has been expanded with several downloadable content packs. Several of these include original songs, but several package are licensed songs featuring music and special stages from bands such as Imagine Dragons,Panic! at the Disco,Green Day,Linkin Park,BTS, and musicians signed to Interscope Records. In addition, the community has created modifications for Beat Saber, allowing custom songs and maps.
Beat Saber began after the completion of Beat Games' (Hyperbolic Magnetism at the time) previous title, Chameleon Run. Vladimír Hrinčár and Ján Ilavský began creating demos and prototypes, and some of these were posted on Facebook. The composer, Jaroslav Beck saw some of these prototypes and met the team in Prague in order to convince them to let him create the soundtrack for the game. After around two years of development, the game was released in early access on May 1, 2018.
The game was first released in early access on Microsoft Windows on May 1, 2018. The game was released on PlayStation 4 on November 20, 2018. An editor was announced for release in May 2018, which would allow for the creation of custom user songs, but it was postponed, and added in May 2019.
In March 2019, Beat Games released its first paid song pack, featuring 10 songs from electronic music record label Monstercat. "Crab Rave" was added as a free update on April Fools' day that year. On May 2, 2019, to celebrate the game's first anniversary, a prototype version created three years prior was released to the public as Beat Saber Origins. The game was fully released out of early access on PC on May 21, 2019. On January 29, 2020, the game received a free pack featuring three songs by Japanese artist Camellia.
Facebook via Oculus Studios acquired Beat Games in November 2019. The company stated that the purchase would not affect future development of Beat Saber on third-party VR platforms besides Oculus. Beat Games will continue to operate in Prague as an independent studio, although under the umbrella of Oculus Studios. The studio released the new 360-degree levels on December 14, 2019.
During its early access phase, Beat Saber received numerous positive reviews, becoming the highest rated game on Steam less than a week after its early access release. The game sold over a million copies by March 2019. By February 2021, the game has sold over 4 million copies and 40 million songs have been sold through paid DLC.
Edge thought the game was an excellent fit for VR as a medium, writing "At this point in virtual reality's development, it's still rare to encounter a game that feels native to the technology. Beat Saber is an exception."IGN noted that while the game "doesn't push the limits of [VR tech] too far", the game is extremely effective at communicating the appeal of VR, and considered the game "a go-to for introducing anyone to virtual reality."Gamespot noted that at launch the supported song library was "slim", but nevertheless concluded that "Beat Saber is an exhilarating rush and an exhausting game to play in the best way."
Beat Saber has grown a strong following since its debut, and users have created numerous mods to enhance the game. Also, a number of websites have surfaced, where users distribute beat maps they created themselves, some of them even allowing for this content to be sideloaded onto the Oculus Quest.
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Welcome back to a busy VRecap! Missed the VR headlines over the past 7 days? You’ve come to the right place…
This week we’re talking Facebook updates, ad the company held another earnings call. Mark Zuckerberg himself delivered some encouraging news about sales of the Oculus Quest, which has been routinely out of stock for the past few months. Stock is becoming more widely available though, so keep an eye out.
Elsewhere we dive into a next Beat Saber extension that adds an AI track maker to the game. It uses YouTube songs to convert music into maps, so you can finally try some of your favorites inside VR’s biggest game. It doesn’t work especially well with absolutely every song, though, so choose carefully.
Finally we have some smaller game updates. There’s news on both Echo VR on Quest and Lone Echo II on Rift. Also Cloudhead Games popped up to provide an update on Pistol Whip VR.
Over in releases, Cortopia’s Down The Rabbit Hole finally hits PSVR and Rift and Quest owners can try their hand at VR pottery. For this week’s community comments, we’re looking at ???.
Finally there’s our competition. This week you have a chance to win the SteamVR version of hero shooter, Megalith! Enter in our Gleam competition embeded on this page.
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We’ve had plenty of other big stories this week, so here are some that didn’t make it into the VRecap:
Right, that’s us sorted for another 7 days. See you next week!
Jamie has been covering the VR industry since 2014 having come from a gaming and technology background. While he loves games, he's most interested in experiential VR that explores narrative, human connection and other such themes. He's also the host of Upload's VR Showcases, which you should definitely watch.Twitter
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