Your "Rock Band" Questions Answered ("Guitar Hero" Compatibility, Bundles, Etc)

rockbandlogo.jpgWell… you can’t say we've never done anything for you. We went through your comments on our recent "Rock Band" post about the price and release date for the Harmonix/EA/MTV game, and did some digging to get some of your questions answered.

We went straight to the source (coincidently the source has the same bosses we do) and asked some of the lingering questions about hardware compatibility, USB hubs, and that little white box known as the Wii. Hit the jump to find answers to some of your burning questions.

Grandlear asked, "Is there a network ability to play with others across the internet?"

"Rock Band" PR rep: Yes, there will be multiplayer online functionality. It will be both cooperative and competitive.

imsneakierthanu2 wanted to know, "For the Ps3 version, the guitar from 'Guitar Hero III' won’t be compatible with 'Rock Band'? True?"

"RB": Harmonix has an open platform philosophy and their games will be compatible with third-party controllers that conform to the various platform controller standards.

mike hasn’t gone next-gen yet, and needs to know about his PS2, "So does the PS2 version work with Guitar Hero controllers?"

"RB": Harmonix has an open platform philosophy and their games will be compatible with third-party controllers that conform to the various platform controller standards.

Erwin was curious about the bass controller, asking, “What about the bass? Do we need to buy it separately?”

"RB": The Fender Stratocaster 'Rock Band' guitar will function as both the lead guitar as well as bass. In terms of getting another guitar to play either guitar or bass, consumers can either use another Fender Stratocaster 'Rock Band' guitar or use another guitar controller as Harmonix has an open platform philosophy and their games will be compatible with third-party controllers that conform to the various platform controller standards.

We got some clarity for Gazpachoking about the USB hub, "Does the 360 bundle come with a USB hub?"

"RB": Yes

Mr. Krinkle asked the obvious question that has been on a lot of peoples' minds, "Is there any Wii version in the works?"

"RB": We have only announced "Rock Band" for the Xbox 360, PS3 and the PS2. Stay tuned for more announcements.

I pwn n00bs (who was recently ousted out of his band) and darkbola , wanted to know about other hardware combinations asking, "Will there be a compatible microphone and lead guitar or bass guitar combo?"

"RB": We have not finalized the plans as of yet.

Hopefully this has helped answer some of your outstanding questions, but we are sure there are more. Ask away and we will can see what we can find out.