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Sony working to make Rock Band, Guitar Hero instruments compatible

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August 20, 2008

Guitar Hero and Rock Band peripherals set to make beautiful music together

Guitar Hero and Rock Band peripherals set to make beautiful music together

August 20, 2008 Every now and again Sony does something that makes me love the PS3 (and them) even more - here's an example. Sony has been working with rhythm based games developers Neversoft, Activision, Harmonix and Konami to ensure compatibility between the various companies’ peripherals on the PS3. SCEA director of publisher relations Michael Shorrock has stated on the PlayStation.Blog that they have been working for several months to “ensure PlayStation 3 guitars and drum sets will all feature a basic level of gameplay compatibility” across Rock Band 2, Guitar Hero: World Tour and Rock Revolution titles.

Such cross-title functionality had already been announced for the games on the Xbox 360, but the announcement ensures that PS3 gamers looking to purchase more than one title won’t face the expensive prospect of incompatible peripherals littering their lounge room. In more good news for closet warblers, Guitar Hero: World Tour and Rock Band 2 will both support SingStar microphones.

Shorrock also stated that Sony was working hard to ensure compatibility between current Guitar Hero and Rock Band titles with an announcement on that front expected “shortly”. The only caveat of the announcement lies in the wording of, “basic level of gameplay compatibility”, with Shorrock pointing out that, “each of these great games have their own specific cool features that may not be compatible with the other controllers”. Still, the announcement is definitely good news for gamers.

For further info visit PlayStation.Blog.

Darren Quick

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Darren Quick Darren's love of technology started in primary school with a Nintendo Game & Watch Donkey Kong (still functioning) and a Commodore VIC 20 computer (not still functioning). In high school he upgraded to a 286 PC, and he's been following Moore's law ever since. This love of technology continued through a number of university courses and crappy jobs until 2008, when his interests found a home at Gizmag.   All articles by Darren Quick
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