When it comes to dancing Japanese characters in virtual reality (VR), Hatsune Miku tends to sit near the top of that tree. Hatsune Miku VR saw a PC VR launch via Steam in 2018 for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, followed by Oculus Store a couple of months ago. Soon it’ll be the turn of PlayStation VR, with developer Crypton Future Media making the announcement today.
Currently, support only seems to cover PlayStation VR in Japan with the studio making the videogame available to demo during the Magical Mirai 2019 event in Osaka this week (10th-11th), as part of the VR Game Experience Corner.
If you’ve not come across Hatsune Miku VR before it’s a rhythm action title featuring loads of Japanese pop songs, with Hatsune Miku singing and dancing on stage. You then can the melody symbols flying out of the speakers at the back of the stage to score points.
Assuming the PlayStation VR version will be the same as the PC edition, there will likely be 19 songs available and two difficulty modes to choose from. 7 dance stages compliment the songs plus the videogame features an enhanced music video mode, so you can watch any song from multiple angles with a choice of stages and outfits. Some of these songs are:
- Stella (by KotsubanP, illustration by KEI)
- Ievan Polkka (by Otomania, illustration Yukino Tamago)
- Singularity (by keisei, illustration rsk)
- Amagoi Miseinen (by Wada Takeaki ‘Kurage P’, illustration MONQ)
- Sharing The World (by BIGHEAD, illustration apapico)
- Senbonzakura (by 黒うさＰ)
- SLoWMoTIoN (by PinocchioP)
Hatsune Miku VR isn’t to be confused with Hatsune Miku: VR Future Live, a free title which has been available for PlayStation VR since 2016. While it still features the same high-energy, eternally happy Hatsune Miku, the interactive element is far more restrictive. This time you’re simply part of the audience watching her sing and dance. You do have a glow stick which can be waved in time with the music, as the intensity of the crowd reaches its peak players will then be transported on stage for a one-on-one performance with the singer.
When a release date for Hatsune Miku VR on PlayStation VR has been confirmed VRFocus will let you know.