Supernatural Aims To Use VR To Make Home Exercise More Exciting

Supernatural is a new fitness app for the Oculus Quest, combining the fundamentals of VR movement games like Beat Saber with personal trainers and progress tracking. Supernatural is out now in the US and Canada, and promises to shake up isolation exercise–if you already own a Quest, that is.

In an interview with GameSpot sister site CNET, the app’s creators said Supernatural was built around the concept of making exercise so fun that it doesn’t actually feel like exercise. “When you’re surfing or snowboarding, you’re never squatting in a wave like, ‘Oh man, I wish this squat was over,'” Aaron Koblin, co-founder of Supernatural developer Within, said in the interview. “Dancing is primal, moving your body is fun, and–key for an antisocial person like me–it’s doing it at home in the dark with nobody watching. That’s what allows me to be liberated.”

Supernatural operates similarly to Beat Saber, a dancey VR game many VR players have already been using to keep active in isolation, getting players to hit flying targets and move their body through shapes in lunge-like motions. Unlike Beat Saber, the point of Supernatural isn’t technical mastery, but physical fitness.

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