Rock Band VR will release March 23 – get ready to rock out with your HMD out

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Rock Band VR has been demoing at various trade shows for a while, and it's pretty excellent. Best news then, as we won't have to wait long to fire it up at home as Harmonix has just announced the release date of this virtual superstar simulator, hitting store shelves on March 23.

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It appears that the game will initially only launch with support for the Oculus Rift, so HTC Vive owners won’t be able to jump around the stage like an elderly Mick Jagger. However, it does make the most of the Rift’s head tracking, so players will still be able to engage in a bit of head-banging to score bonus points whilst rocking along to the 60 tracks included with the game.

Along with the classic game mode, a new VR mode allows you to experiment with different chords, notes and strum speeds – this is what I got to try during my demo. While I was about as good at playing the virtual guitar as a one-armed chimp, the sense of being in a live music venue in front of a frothing crowd was simply amazing.

You’re going to need a Rock Band guitar, Rift HMD and Touch controller to play the game, which makes it the most expensive Rock Band experience yet, though it was never the cheapest gaming experience around.

Pre-orders are live now for the March 23 launch date from the official site.

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2 Months ago

Why.... WHY.... WHY?!?!??!?!?!!!!

It took them over a freaking year just to implement online multiplayer in a party game on consoles that were designed from the ground up for online functionality.

Then they tried to crowdfund a PC port -after- convincing the market niche that kept them going for years to repurchase / upgrade their collections (including a loss of all Rock Band Network DLC). And even offering legitimate investment opportunities like profit sharing for large contributions the fund raising effort was a failure.

So now they ported the game to high priced VR setups on a platform that doesn't actually support the core title?

What the actual fuck drugs are the clowns at Harmonix on?

And I'm posting this rage as a MASSIVE fan of rhythm games (15 GH / RB discs in my PS3 library - 100s of DLCs) who also spent good money on a Roland TD9 drum kit ($2500) predominantly to play video games.

This announcement just further reinforces the idea that I made the right choice in keeping my PS3 and ignoring RB4.

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