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SCEA Announces Music Peripheral Cross-Compatibility

All you music fans out there have probably looked down at your Guitar Hero guitar, looked over at Rock Band, and said to yoruself, "damnit, why won't this work with that? Well, Sony has heard your cries and complaints.

Thanks to a recent post by SCEA Director of Publisher Relations, Michael Shorrock, over at the official PlayStation blog, those days of frustration will soon be gone. Rather than just explain it to you, we'll just let Shorrock give you the good news:

For the past several months, we have been working closely with Neversoft and Activision, Harmonix and Konami to ensure that PlayStation 3 guitars and drum sets will all feature a basic level of gameplay compatibility. For the most part, this means that the titles with musical peripherals will work with the others software. A few specific examples include: Guitar Hero: World Tours guitars and drums will work with Rock Band 2 and Konamis Rock Revolution software.

And yes, you guessed it, Rock Band 2s guitar and drum set will work with Guitar Hero: World Tour and with Rock Revolution. Conversely, Rock Revolutions drum set will work with both Guitar Hero: World Tour and Rock Band 2. In addition, Guitar Hero: World Tour and Rock Band 2 will both support the SingStar microphones. Were still working hard to ensure compatibility between the Guitar Hero and Rock Band titles currently on the market, and we hope to have an announcement on that shortly."

Now that's what we wanted to hear! Those music game packages cost plenty as it is, so at the very least, the instruments should be cross-compatible, right? So many of you out there have been waiting for this news; it'll likely make upcoming titles like Guitar Hero: World Tour and Rock Band 2 that much more enticing. Sweet!

8/18/2008 Ben Dutka

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Troy Powers
Monday, August 18, 2008 @ 12:54:16 PM
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YES!!!

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Jojoman
Monday, August 18, 2008 @ 1:13:39 PM
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I like both Rock Band and Guitar Hero, but I prefer Rock Band. Since I already have Rock Band there was no way I was going to purchase Guitar Hero along with new peripherals, but now I wouldn't mind picking up the software.

The only question now is will they be able to make Rock Band 1 peripherals work for all software the way Rock Band 2 peripherals will?

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Minishmaru
Monday, August 18, 2008 @ 1:33:47 PM

Yeah that was my concern too. I mean if I buy Rock band now...will those be compatible with Rock band 2 and the other games or is it for the unreleased music based games that this takes effect.

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MarvelZombies
Monday, August 18, 2008 @ 1:41:21 PM

@Minishmaru

Just pick up RB2 when it comes out and then pickup the software for RB1/GHWT...if this is true, then you shouldn't need more than one set of music peripherals...

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pavlovic
Monday, August 18, 2008 @ 1:40:55 PM
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"Were still working hard to ensure compatibility between the Guitar Hero and Rock Band titles currently on the market, and we hope to have an announcement on that shortly."

It's only for the future games, no news in the current peripherals. Sad, I won't be buying another plastic drum set

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MirrorSoul
Monday, August 18, 2008 @ 3:09:56 PM
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Wait Wai...*Reads Carefully*...Will GH:WT Guitars work with Rock Band. Cause it seems like its only for Rock Band Guitars? If it is Guitar Hero might lose a little money if people buy Rock Band 2 and only buy the Guitar Hero Game.(I jus prefer Guitar Hero Guitars over Rock Band thats why)

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MarvelZombies
Monday, August 18, 2008 @ 3:16:44 PM

...But RB Guitars are cooler...more buttons and finer detail

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Joema
Monday, August 18, 2008 @ 3:49:51 PM

yes, but at the cost of functionality marvelzombies

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m2tbo
Monday, August 18, 2008 @ 3:44:12 PM
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They already have the patch to use GH controllers with RB but activision hasn't been paid, so they don't want it released. I really want to use the GH3 guitar with Rock band. Right now I'm using a converter for the ps2 GH controller to play rock band.

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jonny_bolton
Monday, August 18, 2008 @ 4:32:55 PM
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I may well be more inclined to buy these games now...nice work Sony

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Reccaman18
Monday, August 18, 2008 @ 10:23:08 PM
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Yay! Now all I gotta do is buy one set of instruments and both games! I was concered about getting RB or GH, but now I can get both. And Joema, RB guitars are so much better than GH's. In my opinion.

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LightShow
Tuesday, August 19, 2008 @ 4:21:54 PM
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this is good to hear.

Kudos to Sony for keeping their consumer's interest at heart. Excellent PR.

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