You'll want an Oculus Contact to play 'Rock Band' in VR
We already knew Rock Band VR was coming to the Oculus Rift, however now we’ve a bit extra details about the undertaking. In a gameplay demo at an Oculus Recreation Day occasion lately, we discovered that the sport will primarily require that you simply connect an Oculus Contact to a guitar controller by way of a clip adhesive (seen above), which confirms what we noticed within the promo video that Oculus and Harmonix launched a couple of months in the past. That is primarily how the sport will talk your actions and controls to the pc. We additionally discovered that each one Bluetooth controllers ought to work with the VR model of the sport, as would Xbox, PS3 and PS4 controllers.
I attempted a quick demo of Rock Band in VR, however it was nonetheless principally restricted to regular gameplay and never the complete VR remedy. There was a tiny little bit of immersion although: I used to be advised by a disembodied voice to activate the amp, examine my audio ranges and watch for a cue from my drummer after which there I used to be, in entrance of an keen crowd at a live performance venue — all of which provides to that stagefright really feel. However then as soon as the music began, there was that very same ol’ acquainted word freeway on the backside and that was what I ended up watching more often than not.
“That is undoubtedly our largest problem” stated Josh Harrison, Harmonix’s social and group lead. “We would like VR to get you absolutely immersed. We would like you to stay out that rock star fantasy.”
In accordance with Harrison, we’ll see a extra immersive model of VR gameplay at E3, the place he says we might not be slave to the notice freeway and have the ability to rock out for actual. Oh, and apologies to drum lovers — it seems to be like, at the very least for now, Rock Band VR is only for lead guitars. And no bass guitars both. Solely guitar god wannabes might apply.