The Ultimate Guide to Beat Saber VR: Tips & Tricks

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If you’re big on VR gaming, there’s a good chance you’ve already played Beat Saber. Beat Saber is one of the most popular VR games, enjoyed by new and veteran VR players. It’s a combination of frenetic action, good music, modability, and a simple-yet-challenging play style.

Beat Saber was released on Steam and Oculus May 1, 2018. it’s compatible with every single VR headset (list below). It’s also available on the Oculus Quest and PlayStation VR (PSVR) on the PlayStation 4. 

This is the first VR-only game to hit the top 100 Steam sellers in 2019!

In this guide, we will walk you through everything you need to know about Beat Saber.

Let’s get started.

What is Beat Saber? 

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Beat Saber is a VR rhythm game that combines original music with light saber slashing. It’s like Rock Band, Fruit Ninja, and Audioshield all mashed up into one.

Your VR controllers are swords that you use to cut blocks in time with the rhythm of the beat. The game includes a solo campaign with increasingly hard original songs as you progress. The real charm comes from adding custom songs to the game which let you play real songs in the game.

If you don’t mind getting a workout while you game, Beat Saber is perfect for you. It’s a title that’s simple to pick up and try but extremely difficult to master.

What Devices Can You Play Beat Saber VR On?

Beat Saber can be played on the following devices:

For all VR headsets except the Oculus Quest, a VR-ready gaming computer is needed. Storage of 200MB, NVIDIA GTX 960 graphics, 4GB RAM memory, and Intel Core i5 processor are recommended.

Beat Saber Song List

The following original songs come with the game:

OST Volume 1

  • Escape (ft Summer Haze)
  • Legend (ft Back Chat)
  • Country Rounds
  • Turn Me On (ft Tiny C)
  • Breeze
  • $100 Bills
  • Balearic Pumping
  • Commercial Pumping
  • Lvl Insane

OST Volume 2

  • Unlimited Power
  • Rum ‘n’ Brass
  • I Need You
  • Elixia
  • Be There For You

OST Volume 3

  • Origins
  • Reason For Living
  • Give A Little Love
  • Full Charge
  • Immortal
  • Burning Sands

What is your favorite song to play in the game? Comment down at the bottom of this guide!

Beat Saber Scoring

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Getting a high score is not as simple as making sure you hit each block. In fact, there are three aspects to the scoring. 

First, when you begin to swing at a block, you need to start the swing from at least a 90 degree angle. This will award a maximum of 70 points per block.

Secondly, once you’ve cut the block, you want to continue swinging the controller for at least another 60 degrees. This will add another 30 points onto your total. 

Thirdly, make sure you cut the block as close to the center as you can. This will give you another 10 points.

Beat Saber Ratings

When you finish a song in Beat Saber, you are given a score depending on how well you did. The following ratings are the game:

  • SS – 90-99.99%
  • S – 80-89.99%
  • A – 65-79.99%
  • B – 50-64.99%
  • C – 35-49.99%
  • D – 20-34.99
  • E – <19.99%

To get that elusive SS rating on a song, you’ll need to get as close to the maximum of 110 points for each block. Simply getting a full combo throughout the song is not enough.

Make sure you maintain your combo as much as possible. Also, don’t be distracted by the background that will regularly switch between calming blue and an alarming shade of red.

The red background does not mean you’ve failed! The developer just likes to keep you on your toes.

Beat Saber Tips: How to Get a Perfect Score

Keep the following tips in mind to get a perfect score in Beat Saber:

  • Understand how scoring works
  • Don’t focus too much on the arrow
  • Don’t be afraid to get into the music
  • Warm up with lesser difficulties
  • Try expert mode with “No Fail” enabled
  • Ensure motion controller button is spot on
  • Experiment with different motion controllers grips
  • Catch your breath and drink lots of water between rounds.

Best Beat Saber Mods

Custom mod can be installed in the game to improve performance. Some of the best custom mods you should consider installing are as follows:

  • Song Loader
  • Beat Saver (in-game website integration)
  • Score Saber (if you care about points)
  • Custom colors
  • CameraPlus (if you record/stream)
  • Custom sabers
  • Custom avatars

Beat Saber Demo Gameplay Videos

Check out the following demo videos to get a good idea of what to expect from the game.

Beat Saber beginner
Playing Beat Saber in Expert Plus

COMING SOON: We will show you how to load custom songs to Beat Saber, step by step.

What’s your experience with Beat Saber? Use the comment box below and share your thoughts with us.

About Ryan William

Ryan has been involved with augmented reality and virtual reality for over 7 years, building brand partnerships with Meta, HTC, and other companies. He has written over 2,000 blog posts and has covered the AR/VR industry extensively. His favorite VR headset is the Meta Quest 2 and he has played every VR headset and most games ever released.

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