Beat Saber

Beat Saber makes exercising fun

About two months ago, we got an Oculus Quest 2 VR headset. I was a bit hesitant at first because I get really bad episodes of motion sickness, and thought using VR would affect me. Surprisingly, that wasn’t the case.

We purchased popular titles for VR like Beat Saber, Vacation Simulator and Job Simulator. One game that stands out is Beat Saber, a very cool VR rhythm game where you slash beats as they approach you using light sabers.

I’ve always dreaded exercising because it becomes incredibly boring after a while. However, using gaming as a way to exercise, makes it challenging and fun. It ‘masks’ the fact that I’m physically exercising because I’m more concentrated in following the objective, or surpassing my high score.

I’ve set up the fitness tracking feature in the Oculus to add some goals to my sessions. At least 45 minutes of exercise and at least 250 calories burned in the process. I’ve found that I can easily reach both goals and sometimes surpass them without even noticing.

An aspect that really helps the experience are the music packs you can acquire. There are packs featuring bands like Linkin Park, Imagine Dragons, Green Day, and others. A lot of tracks I like and make the session more enjoyable. One thing to note, I’ve noticed that music packs tend to be harder in general. The beats are faster and higher in quantity compared to the music that comes with the game.

I’m hoping they keep adding more music packs to the game, similar to what Rock Band did back in the day so there’s always fresh content to consume. If you have a VR headset, and like rhythm games, I recommend you look into playing Beat Saber.

If you have a VR headset, what is your favorite game or experience?

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