Finally: All New Music Game Peripherals Will Be Compatible With All Titles

Let’s face it: the music game genre is so muddled with peripherals now that it’s hard to keep straight just which ones will work for what games on what systems. To make matters worse, there’s a whole new batch of peripherals along with new games — Rock Band 2, Guitar Hero: World Tour, and Rock Revolution — set to hit store shelves later this year. At this rate, it was looking like anyone wanting to play all three games was going to have to buy all three sets of fake instruments. Thankfully, someone has finally stepped up to sort out this whole mess, and that someone is Sony.

Director of Public Relations with SCEA, Michael Shorrock, recently announced that they had reached an agreement with Activision, Neversoft, Harmonix, and Konami regarding the compatibility of their peripherals with each game. The result is — for the PS3 at least — universal compatibility between all new games and all new peripherals. That’s right: your Rock Band 2 drums and guitar will work with Guitar Hero: World Tour and Rock Revolution and vice versa. In addition, the SingStar microphones will also work for all these games. Sony’s still also “working hard to ensure compatibility between the Guitar Hero and Rock Band titles currently on the market.”

It’s nice to see some of this bickering finally put aside, since it really only seems to hurt the consumer. We’ll have to see if this same level of compatibility remains true on the Xbox 360 side.

Via Playstation Blog

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6 Comments on Finally: All New Music Game Peripherals Will Be Compatible With All Titles

ManOfTeal

On August 19, 2008 at 7:48 am

Hopefully we will see this universal compatibility on the Xbox 360 as well. Otherwise I’m selling all my Rock Band and Guitar Hero Xbox 360 crap and buying it all over again for the Wii. Not enough of my friends have a PS3 for it to make sense enough for me to buy it for the PS3.

All my friends, including my own parents and my in-laws have a Wii.

Go Marlins!!!!

Steve

On August 19, 2008 at 8:57 am

Unless things change in the near future, 360 has always had near universal compatibility here. The only exception that comes to mind is the Rock Band strat currently doesn’t work with Guitar Hero 2/3. Up until now, the PS3 was the lame duck when it came to mix & matching perhipherals.

Norbit

On August 19, 2008 at 10:07 am

“360 has always had near universal compatibility here”

It just as close to near universal INcompatibility :roll:

The Rock Band guitar doesn’t work with Guitar Hero 3 on either console. The Guitar from Guitar Hero 3 works with Rock Band on the 360 but not on the PS3.

Steve

On August 20, 2008 at 9:34 am

“The Rock Band guitar doesn’t work with Guitar Hero 3 on either console. The Guitar from Guitar Hero 3 works with Rock Band on the 360 but not on the PS3.”

And the reason for that is because neither company has any control, much less permission, to block any competing title from using any controllers from working via the 360 SDK. It is part of the contract they each sign when developing any title and perhipheral for the 360.

And as Sony has just now found out, giving the market free reign on 3rd party perhipherals doesn’t work without some kind of arbitration. Sometimes a proprietary design is a GOOD thing. It’s not just for Q&A.

So yeah, near universal compatibility. :roll:

Nothing stopping Activision from adding a few lines of code to make the RB controllers working. As far as the 360 platform is concerned, they never could legally do jack about their stuff being used by a competiting title. Complaining to Microsoft would have netted them a big “go frack yourself”. But, oh boy, could they pull a stunt like they did with the PS3 controllers. And afaik, they still legally can.

Steve

On August 20, 2008 at 10:47 am

Actually, now after thinking about it, it IS universally compatible. Someone’s just being apathetic about adding support to a certain title’s software side.

ManOfTeal

On August 20, 2008 at 2:14 pm

I’ve gone crosseyed thanks Steve….

Go Marlins!!!!