Oculus Tips & Tricks: Beat Saber

Oculus Blog
September 25, 2020

Welcome to another installment of Oculus Tips & Tricks. Each episode will deliver score-boosting intel from the developer community to help new players maximize their performance.

Today, we’re taking a look at Beat Saber on Quest and the Rift Platform. The Beat Saber community is always looking for ways to sharpen their cube-slashing skills. Experimenting with modifiers and jumping into new maps is an excellent choice, but so is mastering the basics of virtual swordplay. The tips below — from Beat Games Lead Level Creator Josh ‘Freeek’ Joynes — will help you do just that.

Grab those sabers and prepare to climb the leaderboards!

Tip #1

“Your best friend when starting the game is the tutorial. The game is notoriously easy in it’s ‘pick up and play’ appeal, but there are additional rules the tutorial can show you that you may not have picked up, even if you have completed the game entirely! Learn why you’re only achieving a ‘B’ score when you hit every note, and don’t be someone who stabs the dot notes!”

Tip #2

“If you find the notes are arriving too quickly, you may not be ready for this challenge just yet. ‘Reading’ skill takes time to build. If you find the difficulty you play too easy, try it with the ‘disappearing arrows’ modifier to help build up the reading skill. If you’re still mastering this and finding you are stuck at a song’s current difficulty, play that song in practice mode and slow the cubes down. You want to find the point where you are learning to read notes, instead of memorizing sections of a song. The ultimate read goal is the Ghost Notes modifier.”

Tip #3

“As you go up in difficulty, you’ll find situations where your hands may need to ‘cross over’ to the side you’re not used to. This technique is the next step of the reading skill. If you’re finding it tough to ‘reach’ the notes, remember the sabers you’re holding are quite long. You don’t need to touch the cubes with your hands directly. If two notes of opposite colors approach at the same time, and you are struggling to cross your arms to hit them, remember you can cross the sabers themselves (almost making an ‘X’) to hit double note crossovers.”

Tip #4

“An additional reading skill is stamina. Once you reach Expert and Expert+ difficulties, your arms may struggle to keep up! It’s easy to say stamina will build up over time, but here are a few tips that can help. During fast sections, make sure to focus on the ‘down’ notes of your dominant hand. For example: If you are right-handed (blue saber), focus on the notes that have a down momentum (down, down-left, and down-right). It’s common for faster sections to follow a 4-note parity-pattern, which goes blue-down, red-down, blue-up, red-up. Focusing on the down note of your dominant hand lets you adjust your swings’ timing to match this specific note. It’s also beneficial to use more of the wrists instead of large swings. This may impact score, but it will build your stamina.”

Tip #5

“You’ll find the ‘Advanced HUD’ in player options. The Advanced HUD allows you to see additional elements, like your current Rank during a song, as well as the score percentage you’ve achieved so far. Many players (including high-skilled players) fail to use their bodies to move with the song, and instead always rotate their wrists to different angles. Only after you’ve mastered a consistent ‘SS’ rank on a song is when you want to introduce the modifiers Faster Song, Ghost notes, and Disappearing Arrows, all of which increase your score. The maximum multiplier you can get is Faster Song and Ghost notes together, commonly referred to as ‘FSGN.’ A ‘FSGN’ run, with an SS ranking at the end, almost guarantees a front-page ranking on the leaderboards.”

That’s it for this edition of Oculus Tips & Tricks. If you’re ready to slash your way to the top, jump back into Beat Saber todayon Quest and the Rift Platform.