Sword Art Online: The Beginning first screenshots
posted on 03.16.16 at 11:55 PM EDT by (@salromano)
NerveGear uses an Oculus Rift DK2 and Kinect v2.

Sword Art Online: The Beginning

IBM Japan has released the first screenshots of Sword Art Online: The Beginning, its newly announced Sword Art Online virtual reality project.

In addition to the game world, the images show the real-life NerveGear, which is based on the Oculus Rift DK2 and is equipped with sensors that detect the movement of your feet, and uses a Kinect v2.

As previously announced, an alpha test will be held between March 18 and 20 in Tokyo. IBM chose 208 participants at random from an apparent more than 100,000 applicants.

View the screenshots at the gallery.

Thanks, Inside Games.

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  • DesmaX

    Looks kinda bad, but hey, it’s a prototype.

    The tech used should be enough for something interesting

    • quodvadis

      This kind of tech is best fit for amusement park. The novelty would wear off really fast in home (and you’d be hitting things left and right lol).

      • natchu96

        SAO Abridged Episode 1. ’nuff said.

        *alpha tester beats troll*
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      • LivingHam

        If and/or when a real-life nerve-gear is made that will be my dream come true.

        • quodvadis

          It’ll practically be The Matrix.

          • LivingHam

            I am hoping more for something like a .hack or SAO. You would most likely be able to look like the characters too. Character customization would be really interesting considering the change in perspective.

  • Retro Reloaded

    Not being a beta tester for this! Nope!

    • Mr Fwibbles

      Being a beta tester is fine, just don’t play the finished version!

      • Retro Reloaded

        Haha! Not a day one game by any means!

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    • DesmaX

      Well, there was nothing wrong with the beta.

      But I wouldn’t want to be called a “Beater” tho

      • LivingHam

        I am perfectly fine with being called a beater. In fact, I am a MASTER BEATER!

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    • TheNinjaArmy

      don’t worry, beta testers are only from japan

    • quodvadis

      I know you’re jesting, but again, this isn’t nothing at all like the nervegear which actually connect to your ‘nerve’ and consciousness. This is just a poor-man attempt at it for marketing purpose lol.

      There’s no way anyone would be able to explore even an average MMO world by moving their body in their home.

    • Satoshi Ookami

      I would if I could =D

  • On the Front Page!

    “Occulus”

    Uh, so

    I have to play this on a…uh….PC?

  • –ZERO–

    That logout option better stay there this time >_>

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    • ChieIsLifeButNaotoisBestWaifu

      but i want the game with no sweat like u only lie down in the bed like the real SAO

  • Tetsu

    Alright, something to look forward to on PSVR!…

    …Occulus
    …Kinect

    :(

  • ElementaB

    Call me when this is about .hack/

    • TheBlackRabbit

      rip

    • DashingGoodLooks

      i miss the .hack series, i still don’t know why namco would choose sao over .hack

      • Frii

        Maybe because SAO is much more popular than .hack in this generation. Many new anime fans don’t even know .hack.

      • Bobby Jennings/GodlessChaos

        Cause SAO sells and .Hack doesn’t.

        The last game they released, .Hack Versus sold poorly I heard.

        • Mace

          VS was a fighting game (like the naruto games) that was only available in a bluray bundle with the movie. I don’t think that can be blamed. The game was fun though, just a lil light on content.

          • Bobby Jennings/GodlessChaos

            I wouldn’t blame it either but it was the last game that released and the sales were pretty bad. I loved the game, in fact I picked it up day one

    • Shinobu Oshino

      sao -> hack

  • ZealotWindblood

    It looks like if you drop the prototype its GG. It kinda looks heavy too. I’m most likely wrong though.

  • James Reilly

    Pretty funny when looking at the context of the work.

  • Renaldi Saputra

    Call me when this is Digimon World 3

    • Budgiecat

      Why not VR Troopers

      • Renaldi Saputra

        no coz I wanna do card battles and fight A.o.A.

        • Budgiecat

          card battles in VR sounds lame

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  • Zatekuyo

    Wait what? Kinect v2?

  • Shadzard

    Call me when I can control with brainwaves.

  • Zam

    Oculus Rift?… if it’s not going to work on PS VR…

    • Shinobu Oshino

      ps vr is for peasants

      • Darak

        so is the rift

        • neko

          so is a console

          • Darak

            so is the shitty pc most gamers own

  • Jinathin

    canr wait to see more, I hope BR really kicks off so in the future lots of other games also be using this tech

  • Willy Andrean

    Er…. isn’t this was said to be fake and only to give a look to what VR can do? It suddenly becomes a game again?

  • Pastmaster

    It’s time to wave the arms again? Terrible. I thought we were done with Kinect, it’s so gimmicky and Japan didn’t care about it.

  • LazyObelisk

    Looks awful

  • Jinathin

    from beta test room

  • Yukari-nii-chan *Zom-Fam*

    Looks somewhat awful and probably a long time before thing get flawless

    • KeiKlash

      This build probably is the fastest thing they could get up and running, i don’t think the minotaur can actually move, and if it can, its probably limited to a few movements to impress the user, also im sure the user can’t do much more than pose or walk around.

      • Yukari-nii-chan *Zom-Fam*

        Pretty much, they might not have been able to do anything within those 20 minutes other than walking around and touching the items.

  • ChieIsLifeButNaotoisBestWaifu

    i rather have sword art origins lol

  • Satoshi Ookami

    The guy on the opening post does not look like Kirito… this is weird o.O

  • jolmood

    By kinect V2 do they mean the Xbox One Kinect or is it a technology name?

    • Dystopiq

      The version two of Kinect. You can use them outside of the console.