The highly-anticipated Sword Art Online VR beta test is finally here! Gamers and anime enthusiasts are rejoicing as they embark on an immersive journey into the virtual realm of Aincrad, a world made famous by the iconic Sword Art Online anime series.
The excitement surrounding this groundbreaking release is palpable, with early testers raving about the stunning attention to detail and the captivating gameplay. VRelity’s very own host couldn’t contain their enthusiasm, exclaiming, “I can almost still not believe how good it really is!”
The Sword Art Online VR experience is a dream come true for fans of the series. Players can access the world of Aincrad and immerse themselves in its epic quests and challenges. Much like the protagonist Kirito, they must clear all 100 floors to escape the virtual realm, all while staying alive and mastering their skills.
For those eager to dive headfirst into the SAO universe, there’s excellent news: you won’t need the elusive NerveGear VR headset. The beta test is available on mainstream VR headsets, opening the doors for everyone to become beta testers and live out their SAO fantasies.
The beta test can be accessed through a demo version called “Subspace Hunter” on SideQuest, ensuring accessibility for all. For those unsure about the installation process, VRelity provides a step-by-step guide for a smooth transition into this virtual world.
While the game’s name may undergo changes to protect the original anime’s integrity, one thing remains constant—the demo is entirely free. It offers a taste of the SAO experience, granting access to interactive user interfaces, iconic weapons like swords and daggers, and thrilling battles in both VR and augmented reality.
Subspace Hunter bridges the gap between full-dive and augmented reality, offering a hybrid experience that’s nothing short of mind-blowing. Players find themselves in a blue VR space, wielding legendary swords and facing formidable foes, just like Kirito and Asuna.
For those who can’t wait for the official release, alternative options are available. The “Project Aincrad” team is diligently recreating the SAO world from the ground up. While it may not rival the beta test’s quality, it’s an exciting prospect for enthusiasts who crave a taste of Aincrad.
Additionally, some VR games already offer SAO elements, from iconic swords and items to the beloved interface. Gamers can wield Kirito’s swords and experience the SAO UI within their favorite VR titles.
Despite these exciting developments, some hurdles lie ahead. The small team behind Subspace Hunter may face challenges in terms of progress and licensing issues. However, creative solutions, such as porting the project to VR Chat or collaborating with Project Aincrad, could keep the dream alive.
Sony’s past involvement with a short-lived SAO VR experience and the upcoming PlayStation VR2 with advanced features like eye tracking and haptic feedback raises questions about an official SAO game’s potential.
Notably, the creators of Genshin Impact are also venturing into the SAO universe, hinting at future possibilities. With the metaverse gaining momentum and companies like Roblox entering the VR realm, it’s only a matter of time before more projects aim to recreate Aincrad.
As we eagerly anticipate the future of SAO in virtual reality, fans and gamers can’t help but wonder when Sony will announce an official game. The demand is undeniable, and the release of such a title could drive virtual reality headset sales to unprecedented heights.