Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Arcade Machine is rhythm game which primarily makes use of Vocaloids, a series of singing synthesizer software.
As the game is a port of the PlayStation Portable games, the gameplay is relatively the same as the original. The signature PlayStation buttons, cross, circle, square and triangle are now the 4 large buttons on the machine's panel, and players push those buttons to play the games.
Unlike the handheld versions of the game, players can hold a button or buttons for an unlimited time when the game indicates to hold a certain note. This will allow players to receive a bonus which continuely increases the score until the player releases one of the held button.
Another difference is that multiple buttons can be hit at the same time up to all four buttons. The arcade version features songs from both Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA series and Hatsune Miku and Future Stars: Project Mirai, along with a variety of original songs not included in either of the handheld versions.
The Promotional Videos (PVs) for the game, which are the videos playing in the background during a song have been updated and re-rendered for the game bearing a similar resemblance to the Dreamy Theatre versions of the PVs.
Players have the ability to choose from a reel of songs and select their difficulty before playing a song, similar to a Dance Dance Revolution arcade game. The four difficulties are Easy, Normal, Hard, and Extreme, as seen in Project DIVA 2nd.
This arcade game utilizes an IC card function. Players can select to obtain a Project DIVA Arcade access card from any machine. This card will open more functions for use in Project DIVA Arcade. With an access card, players will be able to save and load arcade data, select module outfits for use in the game, select a player name, and more.
Vocaloid Points (VP) can also be accumulated through successful plays. VP can be used for gaining features, like modules, or changing your player name. Access Card holders can also participate in trials, similar to the console versions of Dance Dance Revolution.
In these three-tier trials, named "Clear Trial", "Great Clear Trial", and "Perfect Clear Trial" by difficulty, the player must bet a certain amount of VP. If you pass a trial, you get to keep your VP, and receive the amount you bet. If the trial is lost, the amount of VP bet is deducted from your total. Clearing "Perfect Clear Trial" will also net you a large sum of VP.
Also, during Access Card creation, you will be asked to create a user name and password. This will be registered on the Internet and allows an Access Card holder to gain access to the Project DIVA Arcade Diva.Net. Here, an Access Card holder can edit data and perform many and more of the functions that a Project DIVA Arcade machine can do.
However, an Access Card holder must first accumulate 10 non-consecutive plays on any Project DIVA Arcade machine with an Internet connection before they can use many of Diva.Net's functions. Once 10 plays are accumulated, the access card holder will gain 30-day access to all of DivaNet's functions.
Access to Diva.Net can only be performed this way, and one gains another 30 days of access every 10 plays. This "access" is known as a Diva.Net Right. Upon first play, a Card holder can automatically obtain a Diva.Net Right once. Losing one's Right does not affect your data, but you are unable to change it through Diva.Net until another Right is obtained.