With only two weeks left until Rock Band 4 is set to take the stage worldwide, Harmonix is preparing to unveil some of the game’s larger secrets. We can only hope the full track listing will be announced soon, but the studio did take the time to finally confirm the price of the Xbox One peripheral adapter. The Rock Band 4 device comes bundled in the core Xbox One package, but isn’t a requirement for those jamming on the PS4.
Harmonix had already confirmed that Xbox gamers would have to utilize a separate adapter to use their existing wireless instruments, but until now the cost of the adapter itself hadn’t been announced. As luck would have it, it looks like the cheapest way to get it will be through an exclusive Amazon deal which will be activated ahead of the game’s launch.
The adapter will run gamers a cool $25 when purchased separately in retail stores and through online shops. However, Harmonix has revealed that gamers purchasing through Amazon can enter a special discount code – ‘RB4ADAPTER’ – to secure a $15 discount on the adapter, which then totals in for a very manageable $10.
The adapter, which the Xbox One requires to communicate with wireless Xbox 360 instruments, is the reason why Xbox One gamers will be paying $79.99 for the base game package, and PS4 gamers will only have to pay $59.99, since their console doesn’t need any additional help to communicate with peripherals.
Microsoft changed the way the newest Xbox communicates with its wireless devices after the Xbox 360, resulting in an incompatibility with last-gen wireless instruments and controllers. The adapter currently only helps wireless instruments communicate, meaning those with wired Xbox 360 instruments are still out of luck. Thankfully, this limitation doesn’t include microphones, which are standard USB peripherals and won’t require the adapter to function.
The adapter will launch alongside the game itself on October 6th, 2015. As previously stated, it is included automatically in the core Xbox One version of the game, which is why it costs $20 more than the PS4 core version that comes without the adapter.
Things aren’t all bad for Xbox gamers, however, as Harmonix and Microsoft have also revealed that those who pre-order Rock Band 4 on the Xbox One will receive ten free tracks, notably including artists like “Weird Al” Yankovic, BABYMETAL and Marilyn Manson. Check them out below:
- All That Remains – “What If I Was Nothing”
- BABYMETAL – “Gimme Chocolate!!”
- Earth, Wind & Fire – “September”
- Interpol – “All The Rage Back Home”
- Jefferson Starship – “Jane”
- Linkin Park ft. Daron Malakian – “Rebellion”
- Marilyn Manson – “The Mephistopheles Of Los Angeles”
- Mastodon – “High Road”
- My Morning Jacket – “One Big Holiday”
- Pierce The Veil ft. Kellin Quinn – “King For A Day”
- “Weird Al” Yankovic – “My Own Eyes”
- The Wild Feathers – “Backwoods Company”
The game is set to bring forth some great new features which will bring freedom to how gamers play their songs, and we firmly believe the time is right for a return to the musical rhythm genre. Harmonix is due to reveal the full setlist soon rather than later, and it’s a list which has seen its fair share of good growth lately. We’ll keep you posted as the pre-release hype brings out more information.
Rock Band 4 is scheduled to release on October 6th, 2015 for PS4 and Xbox One.