Harmonix Music Systems, Inc. announced today that Rock Band VR, the highly anticipated VR entry into the Rock Band franchise for Oculus Rift, will be released on March 23, 2017. Pre-orders for the Rock Band VR Guitar Controller Bundle open today. Available in limited quantities on Amazon, this pre-order bundle features a digital code for Rock Band VR and a wireless Rock Band Fender Stratocaster guitar controller for $69.99. This pre-order bundle is perfect for Oculus Rift owners without a Rock Band guitar who want to be among the first to experience Rock Band VR.
If Rock Band VR’s classic mode is about the pursuit of a note-perfect studio recording, Rock Band VR’s performance mode, illustrated in the above gameplay video, represents the creative freedom of a live concert where no two performances sound exactly the same. In this mode, players experiment with different chords, notes and strum speeds to develop their signature sound and make each performance their own.
Underpinning the gameplay is an amazing sense of presence you can only get in VR. From the moment the player takes the stage, they’ll experience what it’s like to perform in front of sold out crowds – sweaty palms and all. To deliver this fantasy, Rock Band VR focused on the details – from working effects pedals to interacting with your bandmates to the ability to use your guitar to bang on the drummer’s hi-hat cymbal. It’s an incredibly immersive experience.
While the gameplay may have changed, scoring and leaderboards remain as central to the Rock Band experience as ever. Players will need to develop a mastery of Rock Band VR’s new gameplay mechanics if they want to claim a top spot. Chaining together chords and notes into musical phrases and combos will earn players points, while timely deployment of overdrive and signature rock moves, like head banging in time to the music, will trigger multipliers to boost scores even further, earning more stars. It’s a deep, complex system that rewards both technical proficiency and creativity.
Traditional Rock Band gameplay will have its own dedicated leaderboard at launch in Classic Mode.
Rock Band has a history of amazing soundtracks and Rock Band VR is no exception. The Rock Band VR mixed reality gameplay video features the first songs confirmed to appear on the Rock Band VR soundtrack. They are:
- Aerosmith – “Walk This Way”
- The Killers – “When You Were Young”
- Paramore – “Ain’t It Fun”
Required Controllers: Oculus Touch, Rock Band 4 Guitar Controller
Recommended Processor: Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater
Recommended Graphics Card: NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD R9 290 equivalent or greater
Recommended Memory: 8 GB
Compatible Guitar Controllers:
PlayStation 4 guitar controller: Bluetooth
Xbox One guitar controller: Windows 10, Xbox One Wireless Adapter for Windows