The PlayStation VR has opened up a whole new way to game and it has also given developers an opportunity to try new things within the realms of virtual reality. Harmonix Music VR is one of those new things. Let’s get this sorted straight away, Harmonix Music VR is developed by Harmonix, the famed makers of Rock Band, but it’s not a music game. It’s a music experience.
Remember how music used to be a form of entertainment; people actually used to sit and listen to it. Now in this digital age music has shifted from entertainment to a sort of accompaniment; it’s on while you do other things, like going to the gym or driving. Harmonix wanted to dial this back a bit and give focus to the music once more, and what better way to do this than in virtual reality. With the PSVR you are given the freedom to listen to and explore music in a totally new and immersive way. Harmonix Music VR is like those trippy 2D music visualisations that we’ve all seen before but with you in the middle of it.
There are four different worlds to explore: the Beach, the Trip, the Easel and the Dance. Each one of them has a unique look and theme. The Beach as the name would suggest is a beautiful beach vista which you can explore and interact with by moving your head to different focal points. The Trip is an abstract, psychedelic kaleidoscope experience. In the Dance, you are in a high school hall and given the freedom to be a DJ, create havoc as a giant and choreograph the dance moves of some pretty weird characters. The crowning glory in Harmonix Music VR has to be the Easel. Here you can use your Move controllers to draw, create and manipulate wonderful 3D reactive doodles.
Harmonix Music VR does come with its own set of tunes; there are seventeen to pick from. However the real gem is the fact that you can play your own tracks. Just stick them onto a USB in a top directory folder called “MUSIC” and in no time at all you’ll be interacting with your own tunes.
Harmonix Music VR is not a game; it’s an experience, a whole new way to enjoy your music. I came into this review expecting to only have five minutes of enjoyment like when I first tried out the Windows Media Player visualisations, but then I tried The Easel. Listening to your own music while immersed in a virtual world full of your own doodles is something that everyone should try.
NelMaNo Rating – 8/10
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