Mar 152017
 

Hatsune Miku has been opening the gateway for many new topics of interest in technology for Vocaloid fans, and one of those recent interests has been the rise in virtual reality technologies. With the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PlayStation VR, and even simple phone-powered HMDs (head mounted displays), VR is everywhere these days. But it’s still in its infancy, while developers and game companies experiment to figure out what will truly make VR a staple in the modern gaming world.

A group of talented developers and devoted Miku fans in Japan have figured that the best way to enjoy the world of virtual reality is with our favorite virtual idol (Miku of course!). At last year’s Snow Miku, the team showed off a simple VR demo with the Oculus Rift, where you could have your picture taken with Snow Miku. As simple as this demo was, it put the biggest smile on my face, and was one of the standout moments of my visit to Snow Miku 2016.

When I saw the team had returned to Snow Miku 2017 with yet another demo, this time with Oculus Touch controls, I knew I would be in for another treat. This time they were presenting an all new Snow Miku demo called “Miku Tsuku”, which means “Making Miku”. The demo booth was so popular, there was over an hour estimated wait time. While waiting, I spoke to some of the staff to learn about the demo. The demo was developed in a matter of just 3 weeks with a team of 5~6 people. That was truly impressive!

After observing other players, and having the staff explain the run down on the game controls, it was soon my turn to jump back into the virtual reality world.

Miku Tsuku Gameplay Demo

In Miku Tsuku, you are presented with a desk with a figure-sized Snow Miku and various objects scattered around you. The purpose of the demo is to decorate the stage with the various objects, as well as position the Snow Miku figure (which is actually alive and watching you!) however you like. At any time, you also have the ability to instantly shrink down in size and join Snow Miku on the stage by tapping the smart watch that’s on your left hand inside the game. There is a sudden shock and surprise when you do this for the first time, and the feeling of having Miku right there in front of you… It’s truly surreal.

The interactive experience was so joyful and fun, the 5:35 time limit felt like it passed too quickly before I could try everything that I wanted to do. Like the previous year, I was left with the biggest smile on my face once my turn was finished, and I had nothing but praise for the developers of Miku Tsuku. I also played with the rhythm VR game presented by Crypton themselves, as well as the Google Tango AR demo. But neither of these could compare to the marvelous experience of Miku Tsuku.

 

The team of Miku Tsuku is hopeful that there will be interest and support from fans to help encourage further development of this idea, along with a release on Oculus and Steam stores, and other platforms. I hope they succeed, and that many more Hatsune Miku fans will be introduced to the world of VR. I can really see this concept going somewhere in the future, and Hatsune Miku will help lead the way.

Aug 092016
 

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As promised by SEGA, the free demo for Hatsune Miku: Project Diva X is now out in EU and NA regions on the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita platforms! You can grab it from the links below:

US Vita: https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/hatsune-miku-project-diva-x-demo/cid=UP0177-PCSE00886_00-PJDX393PRPRTRIAL
US PS4: https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/hatsune-miku-project-diva-x-demo/cid=UP0177-CUSA04636_00-PJDX393PRPRTRIAL

EU Vita: https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-gb/games/hatsune-miku-project-diva-x-demo/cid=EP0177-PCSB01009_00-PJDX393PRPRTRIAL
EU PS4: https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-gb/games/hatsune-miku-project-diva-x-demo/cid=EP0177-CUSA05768_00-PJDX393PRPRTRIAL

Latest Game Trailer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrAU6Dcfx0w

Also curious what DLC will be available for the game after itsa full release? SEGA hs announced those details as well. The full game releases in NA and EU on August 30th:

DLC: Concert Editor for Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X
Price: Free
Availability: 8/30/16
Description: Create and watch concert footage of your favorite singers! The PS Vita Concert Editor will add Concert Editor functionality to the PlayStation Vita edition of Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X. This feature makes you the producer of your own music videos!

DLC: Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X – Sharing The World
Price: $2.99
Availability: 8/30/16
Description: “Sharing The World,” the first single released by BIGHEAD, was the main theme of “HATSUNE MIKU EXPO 2014 in LA&NY.” Now that it’s available as a rhythm game song for Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X, you can bring the MIKU EXPO experience into your home!

DLC: Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X – Hand in Hand
Price: $2.99
Availability: 8/30/16
Description: “Hand in Hand,” written and produced by kz(livetune), was the official theme of Hatsune Miku Magical Mirai 2015. Now that it’s available as a rhythm game song for Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X, you can bring the live concert experience into your home!

DLC: Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X – Snow Miku 2016
Price: $1.99
Availability: 8/30/2016
Description: Celebrate the 7th annual Snow Miku festival with this Snow Miku 2016 module for Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X! Miku’s ready to hit the slopes! Hokkaido’s winter sports have never been livelier!

DLC: Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X – Snow Miku 2010-2015 Pack
Price: Free for a month, then $7.99
Availability: 8/30/2016
Description: Celebrate Hokkaido’s annual Snow Miku festival’s history with the Snow Miku 2010-2015 module pack for Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X! Features 7 wintry costumes, including designs by: Nanaka (2012), Nijita (2013), dera_fury (2014), and taran (2015).

DLC: Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X – Extra Character Module Pack
Price: $2.99
Availability: 8/30/2016
Description: It’s a bird… It’s a plane… No! It’s the Extra Character Module Super Pack for Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X! Supersize your songs with 12 Extra Modules: Akita Neru, Yowane Haku, Sakine Meiko, and Kasane Teto each come with 3 Classic Aura costumes!

DLC: Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X – Mikudayo
Price: $2.99
Availability: 8/30/2016
Description: When you gaze into the eyes of Mikudayo, Mikudayo gazes back into you. Unsettlingly adorable, this Classic Aura module is our most creepy-cute Extra Module for Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X. Better stock up on otoro, in case she comes for you next…

DLC: Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X – Classic Modules Unlock
Price: $2.99
Availability: 8/30/2016
Description: The Classic Modules Unlock for Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X makes every Classic Aura module costume (not including DLC) instantly available for all six singers, including the iconic Original, V3, and Append series, plus their set of Ultimate forms!

DLC: Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X – Cute Modules Unlock
Price: $2.99
Availability: 8/30/2016
Description: The Cute Modules Unlock for Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X makes every Cute Aura module costume (not including DLC) instantly available for all six singers, including the absolutely adorable “Star” series and other seasonal sets that are sugar-sweet!

DLC: Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X – Cool Modules Unlock
Price: $2.99
Availability: 8/30/2016
Description: The Cool Modules Unlock for Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X makes every Cool Aura module costume (not including DLC) instantly available for all six singers, including the amazingly awesome “Stone” series and gear that’ll light the fire up in the night!

DLC: Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X – Elegant Modules Unlock
Price: $2.99
Availability: 8/30/2016
Description: The Elegant Modules Unlock for Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X makes every Elegant Aura module costume (not including DLC) instantly available for all six singers, including the alluring “Butterfly” series and both the Electronica and Pâtissier pairs!

DLC: Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X – Quirky Modules Unlock
Price: $2.99
Availability: 8/30/2016
Description: The Quirky Modules Unlock for Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X makes every Quirky Aura module costume (not including DLC) instantly available for all six singers, including the mysterious “Ivy” series and the entire Urotander, Underhanded Rangers team!

DLC: Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X – Unlock all Module Keys
Price: $12.99
Availability: 8/30/2016
Description: Unleash the true potential of Miku and her friends with the ability to Unlock All Module Keys! Once you unlocked every module in Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X (excluding DLC), the only real challenge will be choosing what to wear out of ~300 costumes!

DLC: Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X – Classic Accessories Unlock
Price: $1.99
Availability: 8/30/2016
Description: The Classic Accessories Unlock for Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X makes every Classic Aura accessory instantly available. Includes fan favorites such as Puyo headgear, the charming Tako Luka and Hachune Miku, and the… unique Shiteyan’yo and Larval Rin!

DLC: Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X – Cute Accessories Unlock
Price: $1.99
Availability: 8/30/2016
Description: The Cute Accessories Unlock for Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X makes every Cute Aura accessory instantly available. Lovable pieces include a pink motif, animal parts like cat whiskers, rabbit ears, duck bills and dog tails… and LOTS of flower power!

DLC: Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X – Cool Accessories Unlock
Price: $1.99
Availability: 8/30/2016
Description: The Cool Accessories Unlock for Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X makes every Cool Aura accessory instantly available. This killer gear sports rad stuff like a blue motif, multiple masks, stylish goggles, devil-may-care details, and mechanical equipment!

DLC: Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X – Elegant Accessories Unlock
Price: $1.99
Availability: 8/30/2016
Description: The Elegant Accessories Unlock for Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X makes every Elegant Aura accessory instantly available. Some of its most high-brow highlights include refined regalia, extravagant jewelry, regal crowns, and even a fancy fake mustache!

DLC: Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X – Quirky Accessories Unlock
Price: $1.99
Availability: 8/30/2016
Description: The Quirky Accessories Unlock for Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X makes every Quirky Aura accessory instantly available. This big ol’ box of swag contains the game’s most epic loot, like a clown nose, gag glasses, a dinosaur tail, and even an ocarina!

DLC: Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X – Unlock all Accessory Keys
Price: $7.99
Availability: 8/30/2016
Description: Take the virtual world by storm and conquer all five Clouds with the power to Unlock All Accessory Keys! This download lets you master the Classic, Cute, Cool, Elegant, and Quirky Auras by giving you every accessory from Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X!
DLC: Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X – Cabin Attendant Style A
Price: Free
Availability: 9/06/16
Description: “The singing stewardess soars on stage! This Cool Aura costume, designed for Miku in collaboration with AIRDO, sports a sharp uniform and short hair in a bun. Fly to new heights with the Cabin Attendant Style A module for Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X! “

DLC: Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X – Cabin Attendant Style 39
Price: Free
Availability: 9/06/16
Description: The singing stewardess soars on stage! This Cool Aura costume, designed for Miku in collaboration with AIRDO, sports a sharp uniform with iconic twintails. Fly to new heights with the Cabin Attendant Style 39 module for Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X!

DLC: Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X – Racing Miku 2016
Price: $1.99
Availability: 9/13/16
Description: On your mark… Get set… SING! The Racing Miku 2016 module rolls onto the racetrack of Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X! Aerodynamically designed by Koyama Shigeto, this Cute Aura outfit is inspired by a fiery phoenix with a serious need for speed!

DLC: Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X – P4: Dancing All Night Miku
Price: $1.99
Availability: 9/13/16
Description: The Persona 4: Dancing All Night Miku module was designed by Shigenori Soejima, the Persona series’ character designer! Miku first lit up the Midnight Stage as DLC in P4D, but now her Elegant Aura costume is available in Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X!

Jul 222016
 

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Heads up, Hatsune Miku and Project Diva fans in the EU! Hatsune Miku: Project Diva X is coming to the PAL region on both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita platforms in digital download on August 30th, the same day as the North American release! Additionally, the free playable demo will become available in both regions on August 9th.

The demo will contain 3 songs in up to normal difficulty (Satisfaction, LOL -lots of laugh-,and Raspberry * Monster), along with some modules and accessories that can be unlocked! There is also an “Event Request” where you can create a short music festival to play the 3 available songs non-stop. Be sure to grab the demo once it becomes available to familiarize yourself with some of the game’s new play-style mechanics!

Official Diva X English Page: http://miku.sega.com/divax/

Mar 212016
 

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It’s just one more day until Hatsune Miku Project Diva X launches in Japan (March 24th, JST), so it’s now or never to choose if you want to preorder to receive the extra bonuses! On top of the Aime game card featuring artwork by KEI, preorders will also include a DLC code for the AIR DO collaboration module “CA Style A”, which gives Miku a flight stewardess outfit (which is gorgeous!). The code is good for 39 days after the game release. A version with twintails called “CA Style 39” will be a famitsu-exclusive benefit via a DLC code included in the April 7th edition magazine (releasing March 24th). The code is also included with the digital magazine!

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Preorder bonus AIR DO collaboration module

A Snow Miku 2016 module will also be available be available as DLC on day 1 (as much as we hate to say it) for 300 Yen. She’s not the only one, however, as Mikudayo is also being tossed in as a module for good measure, at a cost of 500 Yen. You can also get Akita Neru, Yowane Haku, Sakine Meiko and Kasane Teto with 3 different modules for each in a sizeable character DLC pack for just 600 Yen.

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Mikudayo Module

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Akita Neru, Yowane Haku, Sakine Meiko, and Kasane Teto Modules

If you were hoping for a demo version of the game to be available, you’re in luck! It will be available the same day as the game’s launch on March 24th. Use it to get in some practice, since the game is arriving soon! You have one more day to preorder Project Diva X on CDJapan to get an additional microfiber cloth with art by LamazeP as a free extra. Check out SEGA’s official game introduction videos below!

Aug 192015
 

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SEGA has rolled out Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX demo on Nintendo eShop starting today. The demo comes with two tracks in three difficulties: “Senbonzakura” and “LOL -lots of laugh-“. Players are provided with 30 uses in total for North America region, with Europe’s to follow soon in a short moment.

(The current demo for Europe is out, but it’s believed to be bugged due to 1 use provided)

The full version of the game will release in North America and Europe on September 8th and 11th, respectively. In addition to local release, SEGA has offered a special physical Launch Edition at retailers nationwide in North America. Follow the QR code below to begin your download.

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