Beginner Tips For Beat Saber

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Beat Saber is one of the best VR games out there, but it can be a bit intimidating if you’re new to virtual reality, or don’t feel entirely comfortable with rhythm games. Either way, there are plenty of little things you can do to make the learning process a little bit easier on yourself, from using the game’s practice mode to taking the time to clear out an obstacle-free play space.

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All you have to do is put in some good practice, and it’s only a matter of time before you’ll be a real pro and start working your way up the leader boards.

8 Try Out The Practice Mode

A screenshot of the Beat Saber practice mode menu

Beat Saber actually has its own built-in practice mode, which is an incredibly helpful feature not only when you’re first getting started, but also when you’re training yourself up on a new song or a harder difficulty.

You can skip to any section of a song, slow down or speed the song up, turn off the fail state, and more. If you need a nice low-stakes environment to get your practice in, this is a great feature that’s already built into the game and ready to go.

7 Start With The Easiest Difficulty

A screenshot of a simple Beat Saber level

This one may sound slightly obvious, but once you get the game up and running, it can be easy to get excited and want to jump into some of the game’s harder difficulties. As tempting as it might be to want to prove yourself (especially in front of friends), sticking to easy mode at first is a must before you get used to the game.

The last thing you want is to get frustrated at the start and give up altogether, and the best way to avoid that is to take it slow until you build up some confidence.

6 Try Out Some Modding And Download Your Favorite Songs

A screenshot of a modded Beat Saber level

Beat Saber does have a great line-up of original songs, as well as some nice licensed song packs you can purchase, but sometimes you really just want to jam out to your favorite tunes — that’s where modding your own custom songs comes in.

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You’ll want to check out sites like BeatSaver or BeastSaber, which are not only platforms for players to upload their custom song maps, but also include instructions and downloads for you to get started on modding your console.

5 Find The Grip That Works For You

Two angles of a Beat Saber player holding an Oculus controller with a claw grip
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This is a more advanced tip, so take this one slow when you first get started. However, as you start to improve and require more speed and precision, try experimenting with different grips on the controllers.

There are a variety of different grips for each kind of controller, so do some research and find the one that works best for you. You can also buy some controller accessories like extenders that can make for a more comfortable experience, as well.

4 Get Ready To Sweat… A Lot

A promotional image of a woman playing Beat Saber

It’s kind of gross, but it’s an inevitability — if you’re playing Beat Saber for more than a few minutes at a time, you’re going to need to have a towel on hand. Add on the fact that you have a heavy piece of plastic strapped to your face, and things can get pretty swampy pretty fast.

For those with sensitive skin, you’ll want to wash your face well after your play sessions, because the headset can cause some breakouts where it sits against your face.

3 Make Sure To Prep

An image of a woman playing Beat Saber inside a virtual reality environment

It’s nerdy, but preparing adequately can make a world of difference — that includes stretching, hydrating, and having some water ready to go, and making sure your play space is clear of furniture or anything else you might hit while wildly swinging your arms around.

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It can be easy to forget when you’re having fun, but Beat Saber still makes for a pretty vigorous workout, so taking care of yourself and preparing as you would for regular cardio is imperative.

2 Don’t Move Your Feet

An image demonstrating the Oculus Quest's built-in boundary

If you’ve never played VR, this one might sound a bit silly. However, you’re going to save yourself and your belongings a world of pain by remembering to always keep your feet in one place.

This is another one of those tips that you’ll get used to with practice, but when first starting out, it’s super important to fight the instinct to shuffle your feet. It’s easy to want to move around, especially when you’re grooving along, but you have to be careful not to hit any furniture or anyone else.

1 Go With The Flow

a facing the camera playing Beat Saber on an Oculus Quest 2, with an AR background of a Beat Saber stage

One of the most challenging aspects of learning Beat Saber in the beginning is getting used to the types of movements that the game often throws at you. It can be intimidating to see a tightly-packed cluster of colorful blocks coming at you, but well-designed Beat Saber maps facilitate movements that flow seamlessly, one into the other. It can feel counterintuitive in the beginning, but the best thing you can do when learning the shapes and flow of the game’s choreography is to relax your body as much as you can.

When performed correctly, you should be able to groove easily along to the music — it’s what the game is designed to have you do. There are few rhythm games that engage you in flow state so easily and quickly; if you can remember to loosen up your arms and allow your weight to shift side to side naturally as you play, you’ll not only look a lot cooler, but actually save yourself some grief and upper-body soreness in the process.Next: The Best Virtual Reality Games Of All Time

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