Ubisoft announced this week that it is bringing its learn-to-play guitar title Rocksmith 2014 to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The game, which originally released on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 last October, will now support 1080p visuals. But the biggest new feature may be the built-in support for the consoles' streaming capabilities.
The game comes packaged with the Rocksmith Real Tone Cable, a 1/4" to USB connection, which is what allows a real guitar to be hooked up to your system of choice. The cable converts the guitar's analog signal to digital so that it works with the console. Ubisoft claims Rocksmith 2014 can teach a novice how to play guitar in just 60 days.
Rocksmith 2014 comes with more than 50 songs to start, and gamers can unlock another 300 tracks as DLC. Ubisoft stated that Xbox 360 users can transfer their track library to Xbox One and PlayStation 3 users can transfer to PlayStation 4.
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PlayStation 4 owners who also own a Vita get an extra bonus with Remote Play. The mode is designed for players "looking to review a song in its entirety or to play along with a song without feedback or scoring," according to Ubisoft.
But its the built-in support for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One's video capture and streaming features that will most likely get gamers to re-buy this title. Just think, your under appreciated garage band could potentially reach thousands of viewers on Twitch if you're good enough.
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The ability to easily stream live guitar music comes at an interesting time. First, this could mesh nicely with Twitch's recent push to expand to other types of content. The site launched a new music channel this past summer and a live concert performance by DJ Steve Aoki was featured on the front page of the site.
But this also raises some intriguing questions on how Rocksmith 2014 will work with Twitch's new policy regarding copyrighted music. Streamers who play music in the background sometimes get a huge chunk of their video on demand automatically muted if Twitch's software detects a copyrighted song in their large database. Twitch has stated they don't intend to mute music that is part of the game itself, but games that play licensed music might still get hit by the copyright crackdown. It should be noted that the crackdown is currently on archived videos only, and that the actual live streams are not censored. Amazon purchased Twitch for $970 million in August.
Rocksmith has come a long way since its initial debut two years ago where we loved its innovative concepts but saw it as a failed learning tool. It didn't take long before the title was patched with significant improvements and have been impressed with each new release since.
Rocksmith 2014 releases for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One November 4, 2014.
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