R.E.M. coming to Rock Band 4?

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Did you watch the PAX stream for Rock Band 4 last night? If you did you might have caught a sneak song reveal. While nothing is officially confirmed from Harmonix, many eagle eyed viewers noticed a song that hadn’t appeared in Rock Band before. That’s right, alternative legends R.E.M. are bringing a long overdue song to Rock Band with their classic The One I Love! While this song had previously appeared in Guitar Hero World Tour, Guitar Hero: On Tour Decades, and as DLC for Rocksmith 2014, and R.E.M. had gotten a massive pack around the end of Rock Band 2’s lifespan, this particular song had never before shown up in Rock Band. It’s nice to finally see it show up in game, and hopefully more R.E.M. are coming soon!

This now makes three songs that leaked for Rock Band 4, which is noticeably better than how Rock Band 3 fared in that respect. This joins the (now officially confirmed) Arctic Monkeys song, as well as Neon Trees’ Everybody Talks.

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Check out Oscar Bernard on this week’s Living Room Clutter!

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Our own Oscar Bernard (also known as @OsagaTheGreat) appeared as a guest on the Rock Band podcast Living Room Clutter. This is my third appearance on the show, and it’s always such a good time that I jumped at the opportunity when I was invited back again!

This week we discussed such things as the 10 new songs unveiled for Rock Band 4, the RB4 pre-orders, whether or not the PowerGig and Rock Revolution drums will be compatible with RB4, as well as the new pre-order bonuses for Guitar Hero Live and a whole slew of controversial opinions about The Beatles and Cake.

Check out the show below:

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If you want more from Living Room Clutter’s hosts, you can follow Sidd over at @RockbandSam and on Rock Gamer and his YouTube page, as well as Dave over at @Dacespace and his website Dacespace Studios! Also be sure to check out NEO Community Radio, where you can hear this show streamed on Thursday nights at 8PM EST!

Additional Details Revealed About Rock Band 4 Instrument Compatibility

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Along with today’s song, and disc pre-order announcements, Harmonix has revealed more information about Rock Band 4 compatibility with older instruments.

Most importantly among that information is the following compatibility chart, showing what instruments from each platform will work within the same console family:

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It is noted along with the chart that Harmonix is still working on testing, and adding support, and that the list will be updated as more progress is made.

Also on the subject of instrument compatibility, an FAQ was posted about the Xbox One Legacy Game Controller Adapter that was officially confirmed today. Some of the notable pieces of information to come out of it include:

  • The adapter only supports wireless legacy guitar and drum controllers, but not other wired controllers
  • A full list of supported instruments can be found on the MadCatz site.
  • The Mad Catz Pro Drum Kit will be supported
  • Keyboards are not supported
  • Wired instruments using the MIDI box are not supported
  • The Fender Mustang Guitar is not supported
  • You can use a combination of native Rock Band 4 instruments, and legacy instruments
  • You will be able to buy the Legacy Adapter separately from the game bundle, with details about that coming closer to launch

The entire Legacy Game Controller Adapter FAQ can be found at the link below.

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Rock Band 4 Disc-Only Pre-Orders Announced, Including Xbox One Instrument Adapter

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In addition to confirming the 10 new songs found earlier, Harmonix announced today in a press release the availability of pre-orders for the disc-only version of Rock Band 4.

For the Playstation 4, the disc will retail for the standard US game price of $59.99, and will “support most legacy Rock Band and third party wireless guitars and drums with no additional hardware”.

The Xbox One version of the disc will retail for the slightly higher price of $79.99, because it will come bundled with the Legacy Game Controller Adapter. The adapter description in the press release says that it “supports up to four wireless Rock Band controllers simultaneously as well as many third party wireless instrument controllers for the Xbox 360″. No details are provided as to which third party controllers are supported. Update: Harmonix has released more details about instrument compatibility.

Pre-orders for both disc based versions are set to be available today, at select retailers worldwide.

RockBand4.com updates, revealing new Rock Band 4 songs!

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It looks like RockBand4.com updated ahead of schedule, announcing a bunch of new songs that will be featured on disc. This wave is a good mix of 90s alternative and more modern rock, with an 80s song thrown in for good measure!

Of course, last night @RockBand posted these three hints for artists we could expect to see in this batch, so perhaps the announcements aren’t done for the day. I guess we’ll find out once the official press release hits, but in the meantime here’s the 10 songs we discovered this morning:

  • .38 Special – Caught Up in You
  • Arctic Monkeys – Arabella
  • The Both – Milwaukee
  • Cake – Short Skirt/Long Jacket
  • Little Big Town – Little White Church
  • Lucius – Turn It Around
  • The Mighty Mighty Bosstones – The Impression That I Get
  • The Protomen – Light Up the Night
  • Soundgarden – Superunknown
  • Tijuana Sweetheart – Pistol Whipped

Van Halen are coming to Rock Band 4!

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Well, we were teased a “huge artist announcement” yesterday, and now we got it, and oh boy did they deliver! In one of those I never saw it coming moments that Rock Band 4 seems to keep delivering, Van Halen have been added to the setlist with the song Panama!

What’s more is that it was announced by Entertainment Weekly that Panama is just the tip of the iceberg, and that we’ll be seeing at least one DLC pack for Van Halen down the line. While we don’t know what’s in it, it’s good to know that a band with so many hits is going to see more representation down the line.

New Rock Band 4 song(s):

  • Van Halen – Panama

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