The Oculus Go game, which sees players using a lightsaber-like blade to fight off waves of incoming enemy robots, is getting a new mode in the near future and, you guessed it, it’s pretty much a Beat Saber clone. You slice notes to the beat with Go’s motion controller. Check it out in the video at this link.
Looks more than a little similar, doesn’t it? To be fair, this mode is going to come with a cool feature, allowing you to store MP3 files on Go’s music folder and then upload them to the game, which will automatically generate beat maps for it. We can’t speak to how well this effect will be achieved, though.
It’ll certainly be interesting to see how Beat Saber’s gameplay holds up with Go’s motion controller, which only offers three degrees of freedom (3DOF) tracking. Judging by the gameplay, it looks like you’ll simply need to rotate and then tilt the controller to slash the single lightsaber, then, while Beat Saber’s 6DOF tracking on PC VR headsets allows you to fully wield two weapons.
Hardlight Blade isn’t the first game to take a page from the book of beats; back at Gamescom last month we saw a new arcade game named Holobeat that was essentially just Beat Saber for four players. We’re beginning to wonder what Beat Games makes of all the imitation, though Beat Saber itself obviously borrows from Star Wars as well as VR games like Audioshield.
The Hardlight update will be going live later this week.