This week at The Game Awards, Rock Band developer Harmonix and Palmer Luckey of Oculus revealed Rock Band VR for the Oculus Rift. Coming next week when the Rift hits the market, Rock Band VR will allow you to experience the classic Rock Band experience like never before.
Making use of the Oculus Rift VR headset, Rock Band VR will allow fans to step into the shoes of their avatar, and rock out on stage with whatever instrument they choose. The demo shown below only shows the guitarist being used, but you can also perform as the vocalist, bassist or drummer.
Harmonix are a studio who are not afraid to try new things when it comes to the music genre. With Xbox and Kinect, the studio made fantastic use of motion controls in games such as Dance Central and Disney Fantasia. With Rock Band VR, it’s another step in their creative development, and I always love seeing what they will do next. Will Rock Band VR prove successful? Will it bring Rock Band to the pc though? That’s the question.
Early this year, Daniel Sussman of Harmonix said that there were a few reasons that Rock Band hadn’t released on PC yet. One is the audience, and whether they would be willing to start playing on PC, with the game being available for 8 years on consoles already. The other reason, and a big one, is potential piracy of the licensed music, which is the biggest aspect of Rock Band.
“There’s something comforting about the closed network that comes along with the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. That’s important to our partners in the music industry. Not to say that’s an unsolvable problem.” Harmonix also added, in a comment made to Eurogamer during the summer.
“We’re not concerned about software piracy on PC. We have and will release games for PC. In fact, last year we released A City Sleeps for PC, Mac, and Linux. As Daniel stated, the security in question is related to licensed music in the game. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have robust functionality in that area. It’s added security that’s handled by the platform holders.
In the case of more open platforms like PC, we’re responsible for that. It’s something we can build. It’s not off the table for the future, however we’re first focusing on delivering Rock Band 4 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this holiday.”