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