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Rock Band 4 won’t let you throw away your Guitar Hero controllers

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Guitar games are back baby, and I for one couldn’t be happier. I hopped aboard the Guitar Hero train when it had a head full of coal, collecting those plastic instruments by the truckload whenever a new game came out. The recently announced Guitar Hero Live will disregard my previous fandom in exchange for a more modern peripheral – but Rock Band doesn’t want you or me to throw away anything just yet.

Guitar Hero Live might not be giving love to your instrument collection, but Harmonix have let slip that they might have use for them still. They’re currently working on Rock Band 4, which is going to be compatible with all of their previous plastic guitars. What’s interesting is that they’re also getting their latest reboot to work with rival controllers as well.

Project director Daniel Sussman confirmed that Rock Band 4 will support old Guitar Hero controllers, making it an even more enticing title for previous franchise virgins.

“Our position is really all about respect for our consumers and for the money that they have spent to get into the game space in the first place. They spend a fortune on games: on consoles, on hardware, and we’re sensitive to that.”

“We play those games too. We buy all the same stuff. A world where you need to have three different guitars and two drum sets and all this stuff is…we don’t want to support that world.”

“We’re planning to support everything that we can: That includes all of the old ‘Rock Band‘ controllers, and all the old ‘Guitar Hero‘ controllers.”

Better still, Haramonix is looking at maybe supporting the new Guitar Hero Live controller as well, although there’s no confirmation that it’ll work out in the end, What is clear is that Rock Band 4 is a far more inviting experience right now, allowing Guitar Hero and Rock Band fans of old and new alike to get into the solo shredding fun with little buy-in.

Considering I have a heap of controllers collecting dust, this is the perfect excuse for me to finally get in on the Rock Band fandom. Have they swung you over to team Rock Band or are you still a Guitar Hero purist?

Last Updated: April 17, 2015


  1. What I felt, what I’ve known
    Never shined through in what I’ve shown


    • Hammersteyn

      April 17, 2015 at 15:50

      Never be Never see
      Won’t see what might have been


      • Dutch Matrix

        April 17, 2015 at 15:52

        Die schönen Mädchen sind nicht schön
        Die warmen Hände sind so kalt
        Alle Uhren bleiben stehen
        Lachen ist nicht mehr gesund, und bald


        • Hammersteyn

          April 17, 2015 at 15:53

          Must be Rammstein


          • Dutch Matrix

            April 17, 2015 at 15:55

            Ich suche dich hinter dem Licht
            Wo bist du
            So allein will ich nicht sein
            Wo bist du
            Ich such dich unter jedem Stein
            Wo bist du
            Ich schlaf mit einem Messer ein

            Wo bist du

        • Guest

          April 17, 2015 at 22:00

          ??????????I RECEIVED FIRST DRAFT OF $13000!@ak30:




  2. Matthew Holliday

    April 20, 2015 at 09:03

    rockband 3 worked on guitar hero controllers aswell, whats surprising about that being the case now? more surprised that they used the term “old” rather than “guitar hero”. its nice that theyr supporting old gen.

    I never liked rockband though, their timings and combinations were always off. and on higher difficulties it was all too predictable.
    i do like how the devs play on easy/medium in the promo video though, that gives me alot of hope… right.


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