Beat Saber

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Beat Saber
Beat Saber logo.jpg
Developer(s)Beat Games
Publisher(s)Beat Games
  • Ján "Split" Ilavský
  • Vladimír "Loki" Hrinčár
  • Ján "Split" Ilavský
  • Vladimír "Loki" Hrinčár
  • Ján "Split" Ilavský
  • Jaroslav Beck
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows, PlayStation VR
  • Windows
  • May 1, 2018 (early access)
  • PlayStation VR
  • November 20, 2018

Beat Saber is a 2018 virtual reality rhythm game created by Czech-based indie studio Beat Games (formerly named Hyperbolic Magnetism) in which the player slashes blocks representing musical beats with a pair of energy blades resembling lightsabers. The game has been released in early access for the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Windows Mixed Reality on Microsoft Windows PCs,[1] and on PlayStation VR. Beat Saber is playable on Linux via Valve's modified distribution of Wine.[2][3]


The game includes several songs, each with four or five levels of difficulty. In each song the game presents the player with a stream of approaching blocks in sync with the song's beats and notes. The player uses VR motion controllers to wield a pair of lightsabers that are used to slash the blocks. Each block is colored red or blue to indicate whether the red or blue saber should be used to slash it (red for left and blue for right), and may be marked with an arrow for one of eight possible directions to slash through the block. There are also blocks with dots instead of arrows, which players may hit in any direction. When a block is slashed by a saber, it is destroyed and a score is awarded, based on the length and angles of the swing and the accuracy of the cut. In addition there are occasionally mines that the player should not hit, and obstacles in the form of oncoming walls that the player's head should avoid.[1]

In its early access version, the game includes a single player mode as well as a party mode which features a leaderboard generated based on names entered after each song played.


The game was released simultaneously on Steam Early Access and the Oculus Store on May 1, 2018, featuring two game modes (Single and Party) and 10 songs.

An editor was announced for release, which would allow for the creation of custom user songs,[4] but it was later postponed indefinitely. On June 25, 2018, the developers announced that multiplayer was being worked into the game.[5]

The game was released on PlayStation 4 on November 20, 2018.[6] The game uses the PS VR Headset and two PS Move controllers. A single-saber mode is also available.


Aggregate score
MetacriticPS4: 84/100[7]

During Early Access Beat Saber received overwhelmingly positive reviews, becoming the highest rated game on Steam less than a week after its early access release.[4]


Year Award Category Result Ref
2018 The Game Awards 2018 Best VR/AR Game Nominated [8]
Gamers' Choice Awards Fan Favorite VR Game Won [9]
2019 New York Game Awards Coney Island Dreamland Award for Best Virtual Reality Game Pending [10]
D.I.C.E. Awards Immersive Reality Technical Achievement Pending [11]
Immersive Reality Game of the Year Pending
Game Developers Choice Awards Best VR/AR Game Pending [12]


  1. ^ a b Hunt, Cale (April 5, 2018). "Beat Saber: Everything we know about the VR rhythm game". Windows Central. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  2. ^ Krishna, Swapna (August 22, 2018). "Steam Play for Linux now lets you play Windows games". Engadget. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  3. ^ Lanier, Liz (August 22, 2018). "Linux Users Just Got Access to More Steam Games". Variety. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Horti, Samuel (May 6, 2018). "VR rhythm game Beat Saber, now the highest rated game on Steam, releasing level editor next week". PC Gamer. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  5. ^ Jagneaux, David (June 25, 2018). "Beat Saber Developer Is Currently Working On A Multiplayer Update". UploadVR.
  6. ^ "Beat Saber". PlayStation. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
  7. ^ "Beat Saber for PlayStation 4 Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved December 23, 2018.
  8. ^ Grant, Christopher (December 6, 2018). "The Game Awards 2018: Here are all the winners". Polygon. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
  9. ^ "2018 Gamers' Choice Awards". Gamers' Choice Awards. December 9, 2018. Retrieved January 4, 2019.
  10. ^ Keyes, Rob (January 3, 2019). "2018 New York Game Awards Nominees Revealed". Screen Rant. Retrieved January 6, 2019.
  11. ^ Makuch, Eddie (January 10, 2019). "God Of War, Spider-Man Lead DICE Awards; Here's All The Nominees". GameSpot. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  12. ^ Good, Owen S. (January 4, 2019). "Red Dead Redemption 2 tops list of Game Developers Choice nominees". Polygon. Retrieved January 6, 2019.

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