BoxVR Workouts end up somewhere between these arcade punch boxes, a boxercise class, and maybe an arcade shooter. As soon as you have reached your posture (a footprint symbol on the floor indicates whether you put your right or left foot in the first place), the soundtrack and training begin.
The goal is to hit, block, or dodge anything that gets in your way. Successful actions stack up in the HUD on the left side of the screen. If you collect enough, these will increase your score. If you are hit (or miss something) your ̵
While many training games with wands or hand chasing focus on these areas, BoxVR tries to maintain the whole body workout. Yes, neon balloons are shooting towards you, demanding butts, hooks and top cuts, but these are connected by “walls” under which you have to duck. These seem to be set at a good level (assuming the game can measure your size) to feel the squat burn. It’s always a little deeper than comfortable, but that’s probably good for a workout.
Throughout the session, you will be asked to change your posture and offer a few seconds of rest before the next neon target barrage. I’m not a black boxing belt either (I know it’s not a thing), but these workouts are very cardio-centric. You won’t nail your shape and while it has helped me improve my fitness level and possibly my responsiveness, BoxVR does not lead to real sparring improvements. There are no coaching tips, and although the profiles of the fitness trainers are tailored to the classes, I’m not sure what benefit someone will get from it. Did you program the class?
The game tries to keep track of how many calories you burn based on your weight, height and movements. Expect to burn a few hundred calories for longer workouts.
It’s a VR cliché, but I appreciate escaping – a workout that’s neither boring nor pushups or handstands in my one bedroom apartment. I’m pretty tired of these four walls.
With BoxVR you will be taken to a digital boutique gym where (be happy!) There is nobody but you. It almost feels like it was designed for COVID-19, even though there are no virtual hand sanitizer dispensers.
If you choose the workout you want, whether it’s the intensity or length of the session, you can also choose the “look” of the gym, which includes a sci-fi landscape if you prefer to keep things playful would like .
After a few weeks of training with the Oculus Quest, I also tried my PSVR. Unfortunately, it doesn’t fit that well on the PS4. The headset is far too heavy, the cables irritate and tangle – everything is uncomfortable and unwieldy.
That’s why BoxVRLike most VR workouts, it works best with the latest (and crucially) lightest hardware. Even then, I found it a little too sweaty during longer training sessions – just imagine doing a fitness class with safety glasses. It doesn’t matter how light the VR hardware is if you still have to attach it to your face.
We recently tested the dance-centered supernatural compared to some other tracks, but you could add Hit Saber here too – I missed a soundtrack with more popular songs and mixes. Now when you play BoxVR on a PC, you can add your music to workouts – I was quite jealous of this feature.
I haven’t managed to exhaust all workouts, mainly because of the sweat during longer sessions, however BoxVR Now there are two different DLC extensions that add a wider range of music and workouts. Perhaps disappointing, it does not offer a significant change in the musical styles of movements, but generally these DLC workouts required a higher level of skill (not to mention fitness).
The makers of BoxVR just announced a new VR Fitness Hub, FitXR. Existing BoxVR Users receive a free upgrade to Oculus Quest’s new “studio”, which includes more than four hours of Boxercise training. These workouts are a bit more complex, fold up into longe moves and more classes, but it doesn’t seem to shake things up too much. I would have liked to have seen the opportunity to save with a trainer and a virtual punching bag, even if there is no physical feedback on your swings and bumps. (I imagine something like Sharon Stone being trained on her tennis serve in Total Recall.)
However, FitXR’s new hub could help you stay motivated. It offers virtual fitness classes with six other players (or even ghost dates) to keep you on your toes and to be at the top or in the middle of the leaderboards.
Three years later, the company appears to be holding on to punching on the rail. I hope that the VR hardware has evolved BoxVR (Or FitXR) can continue to do the same.