You Rock Guitar brings real strings to rhythm gaming
Part of the reason for the drop in popularity of rhythm games in recent times may be because the appeal of the plastic, button-oriented peripherals is starting to wane, and indeed avid fans of the genre have been crying out for a way to play "real instruments" alongside a game. The solution could already be here in the form of You Rock Guitar, a multi-use peripheral that acts as a MIDI controller, can be plugged into an amplifier, headphones, or directly to a computer via USB for use with software like GarageBand and Cubase. Most interestingly it's compatible with Rock Band and Guitar Hero on all three platforms.
It features six steel strings, a full-sized neck, an electronic whammy bar and can be dismantled for carrying around. It also offers a wide range of presets, synth sounds, jam tracks and open tunings and is always in tune, so should appeal to beginners, musicians and gamers alike.
Those looking to replace a Rock Band or Guitar Hero guitar peripheral will need to pick up a Gameflex cartridge as well. This is basically a dongle that simulates a wireless controller for their particular platform, and two sets of color-coded frets then replicate the buttons on a standard gaming guitar.
You Rock Guitar retails for US$199 and platform-specific GameFlex cartridges will cost US$19.99 each. It’s currently available for pre-order from Inspired Instruments and shipping is expected within the next month.
Check out the video below for a quick demo, and there are plenty of resources on the official site if you want to know more.