Yesterday, I was approached with a question from Harmonix alumni @BritishPhill:
I got a lotta @rockband people following me. How much would it be to buy the game, instruments, all DLC and all UGC? Is it a record cost?
— Phill Hunt (@britishphill) July 12, 2012
I’ve never tallied this number before, and to be honest, I’m kinda scared to find out. While I don’t buy ALL the DLC that comes out, I’ve invested quite a bit in duplicate (and sometimes high-end) peripherals and multiple DLC purchases (used to play on both PS3 AND Xbox 360). But I’m up to the challenge on this, and decided I would figure out how much some of the pure “Rock Band completionists” have spent if they have been around since Day 1 like myself.
Here is the list I prepared (and PLEASE, feel free to audit this list and let me know what updates are necessary so we can get the most accurate number as of 7/12/2012). This list assumes you play on the Xbox 360 (so Unplugged and the iPhone apps are not included), and have purchased all official accessories and DLC at full MSRP the day they were released, not including tax.
[table id=23 /]
[table id=25 /]
GRAND TOTAL OF HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE
OHMYGOD… I need to sit down for a little bit…
BIG thanks to @BritishPhill for the question, as well as @bse523 and @kitlerc for running similar analyses. We used the following sources as reference: