How to Install Beat Saber Mods & Get Custom Songs

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Beat Saber is a widely popular game in the world of VR. Essentially, it is a rhythm game where you wield two sabers that you use to slash blocks that come towards you to the tune of the song. Beat Saber mods are the secret to getting the most out of this addictive VR game!


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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 Beat Saber Mods

Beat Saber modding is growing in popularity, in parallel with the growing success of BeatSaber. 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.

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
This allows for you to load custom songs into the game. Personally speaking, I wouldn’t be returning to Beat Saber as much at this point had it not been for custom songs. As mentioned earlier, you can only play the default 16 so many times, and the Monstercat DLC only gets you so far. More specifically, Song Browser allows you to browse for new songs while you’re inside the game, and Song Loader simply loads the custom songs you already have.

  • 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
Camera Plus is a very useful tool if you wish to either stream the game, or allow your friends to see what you are doing. Currently, it’s not working (as of 5:49pm EDT on May 29th, 2019), but there should be a fix for it soon enough. Camera Plus not only holds your screen still (as opposed to the shakiness that simply mirroring your headset causes), but it also has the ability to show your chosen avatar in a third person view. This allows your audience to relate to you quite a bit more. Additionally, the mirrored window won’t go black when the headset is removed like it normally would.


What Happens When Mods Break?

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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:

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 if Beat Saber Mods not working?

If Beat Saber's mods aren't working, the best course of action is to try to back up any Avatars/Platforms/CustomSongs etc.. to delete the modded beat saber user data folder, and to proceed with reinstalling the game.

There is a chance that the BeatSaber.exe file was incorrectly pathed, which can cause issues and errors that can be hard to debug, however using the procedure here may be enough to solve the problem.


How to Download more songs on Beat Saber?

To get more beat saber mod songs, you don't need to open the beat saber mod assistant. Instead, when you open the game you will see a button, "Get More Songs", which you can click to get access to new and custom beat saber songs. The beat saber custom songs download process is similar, but slightly different.


How to Get Custom Songs on Beat Saber?

This process is handled by the beat saber mod manager, and once the later version of BeatSaberModManager.exe has been installed, launch this program, and in the next screen check that the games directory is correctly designated, then select "Beatsaver Download" and Song Loader" from the installation options.

Now next time you launch Beat Saber, a new button on the menu will be available that says "BeatSaver", and this can be used to browse and download new custom songs. This is the most direct and simple way to access custom songs Beat Saber provides for gamers.


What is Beast Saber?

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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.)

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. Beat Saber, in addition, has avatars, platforms, and beat sabers available, as well. You definitely don’t want to miss out on this website if you’re on a PCVR headset.

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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!
 
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