The game consists of mainly electronic dance music (EDM) tracks, as they fit it the best. Beat Saber is currently $30 on all platforms, and the default game comes with 16 tracks to get you started. You can also purchase the optional Monstercat DLC pack with 10 additional songs.
However, we all know why thousands upon thousands of players keep coming back: mods, of course! Mods allow you to customize Beat Saber with custom songs, extra counters, interface improvements, and many others. In this article, I will detail firstly how to get mods in your game, what happens when mods break, and what the most popular mods do.
How to Install Mods
Currently, only the SteamVR and Oculus Rift/S versions of Beat Saber can be modded. The Oculus Quest version released on May 21st is currently being worked on to see if custom songs are possible, but it is unclear if mods will also come to the platform. In this guide in particular, I will detail how to get mods working on the Steam version.
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First of all, you should always start the game without mods to allow your computer to create game files. Once this is done, feel free to close the game again and follow these steps:
1. Download a mod installer program. There are several choices currently available, but Mod Manager is the top choice right now because it can specifically download mods for your game version.
2. Run Mod Manager and click Agree.
Once you click on the Mods tab, you should see a checklist of all the mods that are currently available with the Beat Saber version you're running, as well as a brief description next to each. Simply check all the boxes next to the mods you want, and click Install in the bottom right corner.
3. Close Out of Mod Manager and Launch Beat Saber.
By this point, your mods should be fully functional within the game. Make sure you test this by playing a quick song. For troubleshooting, feel free to contact me and I'll be happy to help you as best as I can, or direct you to someone that can.
What Are the Best Mods and What Do They Do?
- Beat Saver, Song Browser & Song Loader
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- Score Saber
This mod lets you upload your scores to the leaderboards automatically. You can also view global, local, and friends leaderboards while you’re inside Beat Saber.
- Custom Colors/Avatars/Sabers/Platforms
These four are being grouped together for obvious reasons. Each of them do exactly what their titles indicate:
Custom Colors allows you to customize the colors of your sabers and user interface.
Custom Avatars gives you the ability to download custom avatars of a certain format to be used to play Beat Saber.
Custom Sabers allows you to choose customized sabers to play the game (Master Sword anyone?)
Finally, Custom Platforms lets you download custom environments to play the game in/on.
- Camera Plus
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What Happens When Mods Break?
Each major update to Beat Saber typically causes mods to break. In fact, Beat Saber came out of Early Access on Steam on May 21st of this year, meaning a release of their 1.0.0 version. A lot of people were distraught trying to figure out why they couldn't get their mods going again. The process to follow here is pretty simple.
As mentioned earlier, always start the game without mods before installing them. This also holds true when the game is updated. Once you complete that step, do the following:
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1. Launch Mod Manager. 2. Check off all mods you want to put back into your game.
It's important to note that there is a setting for the program to retain your checked items so that you don't have to do this every time.
3. Click Install.
4. Launch Beat Saber.
Should your mods not function as they are supposed to after following these steps, please feel free to contact me for troubleshooting. If I can't solve your problem, I'd be happy to direct you to someone that can.
What is Beast Saber?
Beast Saber is a great resource for those who enjoy playing the game with custom songs. It is the most popular website for finding custom songs, and has constant updates almost daily. The best part about it is the fact that you can simply bookmark the songs you want to play, and they’ll automatically download the next time you open Beat Saber! (Assuming you’re using the correct plugin.)
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You can also preview what a map is going to look like with an automatically generated video. These videos can be edited by difficulty, as well. If you don’t feel like watching a video, you can also just listen to the song itself. Beast Saber, in addition, has avatars, platforms, and sabers available, as well. You definitely don’t want to miss out on this website if you’re on a PCVR headset.
To conclude, there is definitely a learning curve when it comes to modding Beat Saber. However, with the correct tools and guides, anyone can figure it out. If you feel that I wrote any inaccuracies or missed any vital information, please don’t be afraid to let me know. Happy modding!