So, my girlfriend’s brother is really into Guitar Hero and wants to try Rock Band. He currently has three PS2 guitars (including a wireless Kramer Striker). He would much rather buy Rock Band (PS2) for $160 than buying an Xbox 360 ($350), Rock Band ($170), and another guitar ($50).
Plus you’ll be able to extend the life of the game on both the PS3 and 360 versions by purchasing downloaded content. They haven’t announced any details on albums yet, but I’m really looking forward to “Who’s Next” and other albums.
I totally agree the PS2 is a dead-end platform for Rock Band. So how can we deal with this, without dropping another $170 into a no-downloadable-content sinkhole?
The 360 drum / microphone peripherals are USB and thus probably universal. The PS2 has two USB ports in the front, so that’s covered. Obviously, the game will support existing PS2 guitars that plug into the two built in PS2 controller ports-- and most people have two PS2 guitars by now.
So, if one has access to a 360 drum and mic, one might consider ways of borrowing these two items (or buying them seperately) and … er… booting an ISO of the PS2 version of Rock Band via something called “Swap Magic”. That’d be the full 4 player experience, with no expensive purchase of an Xbox 360 required.
Not that I, or anyone I know, would do such an illegal and dangerous thing, of course.
The PS2 is pretty much used as a GHII/GHIII/SingStar machine right now. I’m not sure what game will next get his attention.
Anyway, I told him of no DLC or online play and he didn’t seem to mind, especially because the PS2 instruments will likely work with the PS3 (only the wireless guitar has been confirmed to work on both but all instruments are indeed USB). I just want to know if the game is doing to get butchered or not.
Wow… if it is really possible to (eventually) buy the mic/drum kit/game separately from the guitar and have everything (minus the guitar) “forward compatible” that would be huge. I had zero interest in Rock Band because like the original poster I have a PS2 and no next-gen system on the horizon.
Yeah, I suppose it’s nice that there’s an upgrade path, but too bad it’s to the PS3. Who in their right mind buys a PS3? (On the plus side, it will make it FAR easier to sell the godawfully crappy Strat I’ll inevitably get when I buy this.)
Also, no mention in the article whether the game supports existing Guitar Hero PS2 guitars. I’m assuming it will, otherwise that’d be platform suicide.