PS2 Rock Band Guitar Works on PS3; No USB Hub for PS3
Some good news and some bad news was spotted by Game|Life in today’s press release about Rock Band going gold. PS2 and PS3 owners will want to read on, as you may have missed these tidbits in Stephany’s news story earlier today.
If you buy the PlayStation 2 version of the game, you’ll be able to use the wireless guitar with a PlayStation 3, should you ever opt to upgrade. And while it isn’t stated explicitly, it seems likely that the drum and microphone should also be compatible, as they run on a standard USB connection.
The unfortunate bit of news is for those who may have just recently picked up the 40 GB PlayStation 3. As the system is only equipped with two USB ports, you’ll need to pick up your own USB hub, as the game won’t ship with one (as the Xbox 360 version does, since every version of the system requires more USB ports than are provided.) The PS2 version, on the other hand, will ship with the hub.
Editor’s Note: The PS3 version of Rock Band will not require a hub on any version of the PS3, as it ships with wireless guitars that do not need ports. This only applies to carrying the PS2 version over to the PS3.