Anotherway and Vertigo Games have been developing one of the most interesting use cases for Oculus Quest’s hand tracking feature, an air guitar experience called Unplugged. Today, the teams have revealed that the launch isn’t too far away, with a date now stencilled in for next month.
Unplugged is all about taking that fantasy air guitar experience where you pretend you’re a rock god on stage at some crazy festival and making it that bit more real. Virtual guitar in hand, you’re taken under the wing of Steel Panther’s lead guitarist Satchel. He’ll show you the ropes before letting you loose on some classic tracks that celebrate over five decades of rock history.
Alongside confirming when Unplugged will launch, Anotherway and Vertigo Games have also listed the first set of songs you’ll be able to play.
- Bumblefoot – Overloaded
- Freak Kitchen – My New Haircut
- Louis and The Shakes – On One
- Lynch Mob – Wicked Sensation
- Ozzy Osbourne – Flying High Again
- The Electric Alley – Searching For The Truth
- The Offspring – The Kids Aren’t Alright
- The YeahTones – Lightning
- Weezer – Say It Ain’t So
As mentioned, Unplugged is all about freeing you from those controllers to offer one of the most unique rhythm action games yet. Suitable for left or right-handed players, you’ll have to get the feel for strumming along and matching your fingers to the chords. In true air guitar style, there are even moments where you can unleash and freestyle.
Previewing Unplugged earlier this week VRFocus said: “Unplugged is going to be the greatest test of Oculus Quest’s hand tracking and likely very divisive as to whether it can really offer a viable alternative to those physical, guitar rhythm action games of old. There’s no doubt that it works with some flashes of brilliance but the learning curve is huge, especially trying to complete those higher levels.”
Unplugged is due for release on 21st October 2021 for Oculus Quest. The developer has confirmed a PC VR version is on the way later this year but it’ll only support hand tracking enabled hardware or the Valve Index controllers with their finger tracking. For continued updates, keep reading VRFocus.