Rock Band/Guitar Hero Can't Play Nice
Rock Band 2 is definitely coming - even though it will debut first on the Xbox 360 - and as it turns out, the great peripheral caper continues.
While original Rock Band instruments will be compatible with the upcoming sequel, the two publishers still refuse to make the instruments for RB and GH (that's Guitar Hero, music geniuses) cross-compatible. According to Joystiq, someone has already tried to use their Rock Band guitar with the Xbox 360 version of Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, which just released this past weekend. Not surprisingly, he got the following unfortunate error: "An unsupported guitar peripheral has been detected. Connect either a Guitar Hero guitar or Xbox 360 controller and press START to continue." Well, that figures. The Rock Band guitar never worked on any version of Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, if you remember. And if the 360 guitar don't work, we're pretty sure the PS3 guitar won't work, either.
All of this may resolve itself in the future, and it does help that both Rock Band and Guitar Hero will have multiple instruments from now on (most likely). The instruments for each franchise will be compatible with sequels, but it's unlikely they'll be cross-compatible between the franchises.
Related Game(s): Guitar Hero: Aerosmith
6/30/2008 Ben Dutka