Not to be forgotten in time, Ubisoft have announced that Rocksmith 2014, the leading real guitar game on the market, will be hitting home consoles again this November. The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 will soon have rockin’ tunes for you to riff out to.
Important bits to realize are as follow:
- You will be able to import your DLC, but only within the same console “family” (i.e., Xbox 360 DLC will work with Xbox One copies of the game, PlayStation 3 DLC will work with PlayStation 4 copies of the game; your purchases do not travel between systems under any circumstances)
- This is essentially the same game as it was on the previous generation of consoles (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3); updates include video output at 1080p and some Remote Play features on PlayStation Vita via PlayStation 4
- Buying DLC for Xbox One/PlayStation 4 does NOT entitle you to the same DLC on Xbox 360/PlayStation 3
- Since the current generation of consoles do not have analog audio out, it’s recommended that you still use an external audio source that IS NOT your television via HDMI
- Your Rocksmith RealTone Cable from the previous generation of consoles WILL work on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4
- Score Attack and Learn A Song cannot be streamed using the on-console streaming applications
Here’s the fact sheet directly from Ubisoft.
Rocksmith 2014 Edition
PlayStation 4 & Xbox One FAQ
When will Rocksmith 2014 Edition be available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One?
The release date is November 4 in North America and November 6 in the UK, Europe, and Australia. The physical edition comes with the required Rocksmith Real Tone Cable for a suggested retail price of $79.99. The game will also be released as a digital download, without the Real Tone Cable, for a suggested price of $59.99. Please note the Real Tone Cable is required to play Rocksmith 2014, so if you don’t already have one, you will need to purchase one separately. More on that in a bit.
How many songs are included with Rocksmith 2014 Edition for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One?
Rocksmith 2014 includes 55 songs, plus an additional 10 bonus songs, which are unlockable as you progress through the game and achieve specific goals.
A complete list of all 55 songs that are immediately playable in Rocksmith 2014 is available here. For the move to PS4 and Xbox One, no songs have been added to or deleted from the core game.
Can I import my existing DLC from Xbox 360/PS3?
Yes. You will be able to import any DLC you have purchased within the same console family for no additional charge. That is, any DLC you have purchased on Xbox 360 will be downloadable on Xbox One, and any PlayStation 3 DLC will be downloadable on PlayStation 4. If you own a lot of DLC, this may be time consuming, but you only have to do it once.
I bought the Import Pack to bring most of the songs from the original Rocksmith disc into my Rocksmith 2014 library. Will I still be able to access to those tracks?
Yes. You’ll be able to re-download them as if they were any other DLC in your collection.
If I bought DLC on 360 but I now own a PS4, can I import my DLC across platforms?
No, sorry. You can only import DLC from within the same console “family.”
If I buy DLC on a new console (PS4 or Xbox One), can I also download it for my previous system (PS3 or Xbox 360)?
No, sorry – but it does work the other way around. If you want to own the DLC on both platforms within a console family, you’ll want to buy it on the earlier console, then download it on the newer one.
Will DLC from the original Rocksmith be available for sale on the new consoles?
Yes. All of the DLC released for the original Rocksmith is compatible with Rocksmith 2014 and will be made available for purchase on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. If you’ve already bought it on your previous console, you can download it on your new console at no additional charge.
Do I need to buy the official Rocksmith Real Tone Cable?
Yes, as you cannot use Rocksmith 2014 Edition without the Real Tone Cable. The physical/retail edition of the game comes with one, and if you would like additional cables (for instance, for multiplayer mode), you can buy additional cables from participating retailers or directly from Ubisoft.
I already own a Real Tone Cable from another edition of the game. Can I use that?
Yes – the cable is universal and will work on any of the six supported platforms – PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC, and Macintosh. If you already own a Real Tone Cable, you might want to get the digital download edition, which will be priced at $59.99.
What’s new in the PS4 and Xbox One editions of the game?
Both new versions output graphics at 1080p, so the visuals will look nicer if you have a 1080p television set. Additionally, the PlayStation 4 version supports Remote Play via the PlayStation Vita, so you can practice the songs in another room even though you aren’t being tracked or scored.
Can I use the console’s streaming functionality to broadcast my Rocksmith 2014 gameplay?
In some modes, yes. You can broadcast your free-form jams in Session Mode out to the internets as often as you like, show off your skills by streaming Guitarcade games, and hold sonic clinics online in Tone Designer.
I connected my existing console using analog audio outputs, as recommended. But there are no analog audio outputs on PS4 or Xbox One. What do I do?
We never recommend using only an HDMI connector to play Rocksmith 2014. Instead, we suggest you send the audio signal to an external receiver, speakers, or headphones using a separate cable, and only use HDMI for the video signal. In order of preference, we’d recommend one of these options:
– Connect your optical output jack to a receiver. Both the PS4 and the Xbox One feature optical audio outputs, but you’ll need an optical Toslink cable to use them, not to mention a receiver or headphone system with an optical input.
– If you don’t have an optical connector on your receiver, you can convert the optical signal to an RCA analog signal with an adapter likethis one.
– You can also use an HDMI audio converter like this one (which features a 1/8” output jack and includes an RCA adapter cable) or, if you also have need for an HDMI switcher, this one (which features hardwired RCA jacks).
Then, just turn the TV volume down so you don’t hear both.
The main idea is to avoid sending audio to your TV via the HDMI cable directly. Just about any other way you choose to reroute the audio signal before it gets to your TV will likely yield a better experience when you play Rocksmith 2014.