The Beat Saber train just keeps on trucking. With its first arcade-powered tournament in the books it keeps flying off the digital shelves on Steam. There’s a robust custom song modding community already, the PSVR port is nearing release, multiplayer support tis coming, and people can’t seem to get enough of the energy sword-box-slicing fun. We’re even starting to see unabashed clones pop up. It’s a staple on my VR machine and one of the first games I put on for new users.
Now today, the official Beat Saber Twitter account tweeted a picture of a custom arcade machine setup created in partnership with SKonec Entertainment. The machine will make its debut next month at KVRF in Korea and GTI Expo in China, with more locations in Asia coming soon.
Here’s an example image of someone using the device (ignore the fact that she is facing the wrong way according to the footprints) spotted by VRFocus:
In the mock-up above and confirmed on Twitter you can see that the machines will be powered by Windows VR headsets rather than the Vive or Rift. Without knowing the reasoning behind the decision, I’d imagine flexibility of setup was a major determining factor since inside-out tracking makes it much easier to setup the unit wherever you want without needing to worry about cameras or lighthouses tracking. They’re also typically much cheaper.
Honestly, I could easily see something like this in a Dave & Buster’s right alongside Jurassic Park VR before too long. Fingers crossed.