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Beat Saber Review: A Classic VR Workout

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Beat Saber is a virtual reality game that has taken the world by storm, with millions of players worldwide. Its popularity is not just due to its fun and immersive gameplay, but also because it has become one of the most popular VR workouts available. In this review, we will explore what makes Beat Saber such an effective workout, and how it has become the go-to choice for fitness enthusiasts and VR gamers alike. From its fast-paced upper body movements and side-to-side leaning, to its occasional squats to avoid obstacles, Beat Saber provides a full-body workout that is both challenging and enjoyable.

We’ll also delve into the different gameplay modes and features that make Beat Saber a perfect choice for players of all skill levels, and how it can be customized to fit your specific fitness goals. So if you’re looking for a fun and effective way to get in shape, read on to find out why Beat Saber is the most popular VR workout on the market.

Verdict

8.6
Gameplay:
9.5
Fitness Intensity:
7
Audience score:
9.4
Graphics and Audio:
7
Replayability:
10

About Beat Saber

Release Date1st May 2018
DeveloperBeat Games
Oculus rating with # of Reviews4.6/5
Steam % of upvotes with # of reviews96%
GenresMusic & Rhythm, Fitness
Replayability Extremely High
Steam Store Oculus Store

Gameplay

Beat Saber is a virtual reality rhythm game developed and published by Beat Games.

It is played by slicing luminous swords through blocks that represent musical beats using a pair of virtual reality controllers. The blocks are either red or blue, and the player must slice them while avoiding obstacles in the color-designated direction.

beatsaber gameplay

The songs become more difficult and the pace at which the blocks are delivered quickens as the player advances through the game. Beat Saber also includes a level editor, allowing players to create and share their own custom levels.

How many calories can you burn playing Beat Saber?

The Virtual Reality Institute of Health and Exercise conducted an experiment to measure the energy output while playing Beat Saber. The experiment found that the game’s potential as exercise is impacted by the player’s skill level, with more skilled players able to achieve higher levels of energy expenditure. The game was found to be consistent and playable for extended periods of time, and raters felt that their sample was likely representative of a typical play across most moderate to expert skill levels.

The game was observed to have an energy expenditure of 6.55-7.45 calories per minute, and had a peak sustained metabolic equivalent (MET) of 7.18 and an average MET of 6.24.

Beat Saber was rated as providing moderate intensity exercise or the equivalent of playing a game of tennis.

Fitness Intensity

I did a 30 minute session of Beat Saber taking a small break between each song and recorded the results on my Garmin Forerunner watch. In 30 minutes, I burnt approximately 297 calories with an average heart rate of 124 BPM.

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Heart rate while playing 30 minutes of beat saber

Upper Body vs Lower Body

Beat Saber is without a doubt upper body focused. Primary exercise in Beat Saber comes from fast upper body movement when slicing the boxes and occasional squats. It does not require much movement of the feet unless users opt for the 360 degrees mode.

Beat Saber for Mobility and Stretching

One of the problems with a sedentary lifestyle is tight shoulder and hips from so much sitting. I’ve recently started using Beat Saber as a means of mobility and stretching. So I’ll pick any song on the easiest difficulty, stand in a wide stance (literally splits for me), and use a full range of motion slicing all the way through the block and stretching up to really open up the shoulder.

When dodging I’ll lean side to side which stretches out the inner thigh and to duck under obstacles I’ll forward fold to hit the hamstrings. This is the perfect way to warm up for or unwind after an intense VR workout session

Immersion

Beat Saber’s immersive experience has been significantly enhanced by its evolving graphics. Over the years, the developers have consistently updated the visual elements, adding a vibrant and dynamic feel to the game. These enhancements go beyond mere aesthetics; they contribute to the player’s sense of presence within the virtual world.

Players find themselves not just playing a game, but being a part of an exhilarating rhythmic adventure, which is a testament to the game’s design, graphics and large library of audio tracks. It’s why so many games try to copy Beat Saber.

Replayability

The replayability factor of Beat Saber is incredibly high, a credit to its active modding community and the availability of user-generated content. Mods have introduced a wide array of custom songs, environments, and gameplay tweaks, ensuring that the game never feels stale.

This aspect of user-generated content adds a personal touch to the game, as players can engage with tracks that resonate with their musical tastes or challenge their skills. The level editor feature further encourages creativity among players, allowing them to create and share their own levels, which continuously fuels the game’s ever-growing content. This aspect ensures that Beat Saber remains a fresh and engaging experience, keeping players returning for more rhythmic slicing action.

My Steam show 55 hours but it’s not uncommon to see people that have racked ups 100’s or even 1000’s of hours in beatsaber alone.

Is Beat Saber worth it?

The game’s simple concept and high skill ceiling make it accessible for players of all skill levels. The ability to download your own custom songs, the consistent updates and paid DLC releases ensure that there is always new songs and content to explore.

Beat Saber Tips

  • Take your ego out of it. Go for slower songs while learning.
  • Using strong and precise strikes will increase the effectiveness of the workout.
  • You can complete the song half squat. This will massively increase the workload on your legs.
  • Use the string tie to secure the controllers to your hand. Don’t send one flying across the room!
  • Use the “No Fail” augment to ensure the song doesn’t cut out half way while learning.

Beat Saber Video Review

Video Review of Beat Saber