Dance Central Spotlight Launches With 10 Songs for $10; Soundtrack and DLC Songs Confirmed

The download-only Xbox One dance game comes in at a cheap price and lets you add to it from there.

Update: Harmonix tells GameSpot that DLC songs will be available as individual downloads for $1.99.

Original Story: The upcoming download-only Xbox One Kinect game Dance Central Spotlight will cost $10 and include ten songs when it's released on September 2.

That's decidedly cheaper and less content-heavy than past Dance Central games, but you won't be restricted to just those ten songs. Instead, you'll be able to have a more customized experience by picking the music you like, as Harmonix plans to offer more than 50 additional songs as downloadable content. The first five DLC songs, along with the full "core soundtrack" were confirmed today and follow below:

Dance Central Spotlight core soundtrack:

  • Avicii -- "Wake Me Up"
  • Cher Lloyd -- "I Wish"
  • David Guetta ft. Sia -- "Titanium"
  • Jason Derulo ft. 2 Chainz -- "Talk Dirty"
  • Kid Ink ft. Chris Brown -- "Show Me"
  • Lorde -- "Royals"
  • OneRepublic -- "Counting Stars"
  • Pharrell Williams -- "Happy"
  • Rihanna -- "Diamonds"
  • will.i.am ft. Justin Bieber -- "#thatPOWER"

DLC songs:

  • The B-52's -- "Love Shack"
  • Capital Cities -- "Safe and Sound"
  • Emeli Sandé -- "Next To Me"
  • Icona Pop ft. Charli XCX -- "I Love It"
  • Lana Del Rey -- "Summertime Sadness (Cedric Gervais Remix)"

Pricing details and exact availability for the DLC songs--we don't know if they will be sold in bundles, individually, or both--were not announced, but we've followed up with Harmonix to find out more. DLC songs for the Xbox 360 Dance Central games will be re-released on Xbox One over time, and will be available as free downloads in Spotlight for those who purchased them on 360.

San Diego Comic-Con attendees later this week will have the opportunity to try out Spotlight for themselves, as Harmonix will be allowing the public to play it for the first time at the event. If you're interested in trying it for yourself, you'll want to head to to the Xbox Lounge being hosted at the Manchester Grand Hyatt.

I'd have personally preferred to see Weird Al's parody of "Happy," the recently released "Tacky," than the actual Pharrell song, but I've got my fingers crossed that it (and the rest of Weird Al's new album, Mandatory Fun) could eventually be released as DLC. What do you make of the $10 price and the confirmed songs? Let us know in the comments below.

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52 comments
the13stuff
the13stuff

I would buy every Weird Al DLC available if it happened. In fact I want a Weird Al game.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Can't wait! Although, the music selection is rather abysmal. But these games make even dull songs fun.

nighterrorx
nighterrorx

This is cool -- not my cup of tea...but my daughters love them.....$10 -- that doesn't anger me.


I think this should be the model moving forward. Since they just load you up on DLC anyway. give us a break on the front end. So we still feel like we are getting a deal when buying DLC later on.  

nicolasetespqr
nicolasetespqr

jesus, that has to be the worst coreography i have seen in a long time

Ahiru-San
Ahiru-San

confirmed for the next DLC:


- Sir Mix-A-Lot: Baby Got Back

- Mc Hammer: U Can't Touch This

- Yello: Oh Yeah

- Alicia Bridges: I Love the Night Life

- Francis Scott Key: The Star-Spangled Banner

homey_d_clown
homey_d_clown

I will be 100% honest and say, I have never played any dancing games and don't plan on getting this one.  But I would like to know for those who do play dancing games, which is the best?

tjkraz
tjkraz

Awesome that DLC transfers over from 360!!!


Had me worried when Zen said that Pinball FX tables wouldn't transfer over to the new system.  But just did a search and it looks like Zen and MS are trying to resolve that, too.  


This bodes VERY well for eventual transfer of Rock Band DLC!!!!!

Tigerbite2
Tigerbite2

$1/song for the first 10 songs (the ones you have to buy) $2/song after that.


PFFFFFFFT.


I'll stick with DDR for my PS2.  Hundreds of songs and it only cost me $40.

malachi
malachi

Cool, Nice and cheap compared to the others.  Shame I cant import my songs from DC 1,2 or 3.

calamityo
calamityo

Is this still going?. I know it kind of appeals to the more casual female players, but come on.

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

Couldn't  ps4 camera use the game?

shinrae5
shinrae5

I love this approach! Instead of spending 60 bucks and not like x amount of tracks, you only have to pay 10 for the core game and can buy as many or as little songs as you like to expand the list.

Add in the fact your 360 song purchases will be honored and that's a good approach.

pork7
pork7

Terrible songs, terrible game. Looks like the publisher is just looking to make some quick cash.

Back in the Wii days, this was known as 'shovel-ware'.

wisebeyondyears
wisebeyondyears

Dance central is the only way to go, u will get no skills from a mat, and just dance takes no skill, u can wiggle and win. Dance central was very accurate on old Kinect, can't wait for this one. I play tennis and games competitively, and this game is fun as hell and an amazing workout. I remember the first time I turned it on I thought it was the lamest thing ever, but after playing all that changed. Sorry for multiple comments didn't realize first one posted.

wisebeyondyears
wisebeyondyears

Dance central is far far ahead of any other dance game. You can actually get good at dancing by playing it, if all you use is dance mat you will have no skills on the dance floor. And just dance is a joke u can wiggle and get 100% pretty much.

dlCHIEF58
dlCHIEF58

@homey_d_clown

The Dance Central games are by far the best if you actually want to learn some dance moves. If you just want to waggle your hands or play hopscotch simulator, then go for Just Dance Wii or any DDR game. 

leakingdogmilk
leakingdogmilk

@homey_d_clown


The one with the dance mat. Just make sure you like the song or you will have little motivation to play.

dlCHIEF58
dlCHIEF58

@Tigerbite2


LOL, you compare Dance Central to DDR? LMFAO! So you would rather play a game for an old system that 90% of the songs are bad covers and the dancing is confined to stepping on spots on a floor pad. with no registering of your arm movements? You also better check your song list as well as none of the DDR games had "hundreds of songs" - none even had over 100 songs or even close to that number, you were lucky if they even got close to 50. 

dlCHIEF58
dlCHIEF58

@malachi

I wouldn't be so sure on that, since they did announce all your 360 DLC would transfer for free to the One. So by that, one could assume all your DC 1 & 2 songs will transfer (if you did the license transfer that is) and there will probably be a license transfer for 3 coming. 

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

I'm not a girl or casual and I love me some Dance Central!

Tigerbite2
Tigerbite2

@calamityo It's a fun little game that a lot of people (that aren't lazy) can enjoy.  I have dancing games so my friends and I can act like fools, but that's about the only time I play them.

shinrae5
shinrae5

That didn't come off as sexist or demeaning at all...

Beyond that, gaming is more than FPS games and Mountain Dew piles.

Sometimes it is fun to take a break from headshots and t bagging and play a more light hearted title.

Being a "hardcore" gamer doesn't mean you can only play "hardcore" games.

danielmbg
danielmbg

@calamityo No, it appeals to more people than that. I´m a hardcore gamer, and still love Dance Central.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Let me guess - you're a fatty, right?

WllDan7
WllDan7

So you want this dead but not the kim game?

Ahiru-San
Ahiru-San

@Kinguard73 the PS4 camera sucks, it's plain trash. sure, it looks cool for 2 minutes as a tech demo… after that, I feel like I wasted 60 bucks. (yes I do have one)

WllDan7
WllDan7

None of the dance games were $60. This is way if you want a lot of songs you will be paying more. Even the cheap price is kind of a ripoff. You should get more than 10. But I suppose with kinect not being highlight of the system no more they have to get as much money off this as possible.

danielmbg
danielmbg

@shinrae5 I like that too, but the DLC musics are expensive. Dance Central 3 had 46 musics, so 36 more than this one. if you would buy 36 musics to this new dance central you would be paying $82, instead of $60.


But I think it's better to choose the songs too. But they should do some packs with 5 songs, or something like that, that are cheaper than buying only individual songs.

sanchango
sanchango

@EasyComeEasyGo neither can I and yet I have the previous 3 games and it's fun to play with friends XD

frogiggy323
frogiggy323

@pork7 You don't sound like the kind that enjoys dancing in front of a camera to pop songs, so I'm betting this game isn't marketed toward you.  

Ahiru-San
Ahiru-San

@dlCHIEF58 @homey_d_clown Dance Central, hands down. by far the best and most accurate dancing game.

Just Dance is fun and casual, if that's what you're looking for. if played on xbox+kinect (I played on X1) it can also be pretty accurate and played with up to 6 players at once, which is also pretty fun.


but again, for more serious "gaming", Dance Central actually teaches you the moves and it does feel more like gaming, Just Dance is just a whacky party game.


DDR and the likes of it are plain boring in my opinion… you just memorize the sequence and do however you like the inputs… you don't even have to "dance" at all. leave that to those asian dudes that do some freak stuff while playing...

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

No - mat games are now obsolete. Along with Wii controllers and whatever that Sony controller was - they only register arm movement. The Kinect has single handedly combined the two and measures all movement - even your hips!

People may laugh and scoff at Kinect - but it's really an innovative piece of technology. They just need to find more creative uses for it. But Dance Central is a hell of a good start.

Tigerbite2
Tigerbite2

@dlCHIEF58 @Tigerbite2 Ever heard of free dlc?

Also, I've bought about half the dancing games since DDR, and they're no where near as much fun as DDR was/is.

sanchango
sanchango

@dlCHIEF58 @malachi there should since there's a code on the back of the manual for DC3(previous ones had it as well), so if the code is useless(and I doubt Harmonix would do that) I will be disappointed.

sanchango
sanchango

@Tigerbite2 @calamityo ^exactly this, when my friends come along, we just laugh at each other(we always play on the hardest difficulty even though we suck XD). 

shinrae5
shinrae5

A fair point :)

But the way I look at it is this: IF you wanted 60 bucks worth of tracks, you would get the original 10 for 10, and 25 more totaling in 35 songs. Not as many as 46.

However, those 25 songs are all chosen by you, so you won't have any lame tracks or any filler tracks.

So seems like a quantity vs quality approach.

dlCHIEF58
dlCHIEF58

@Tigerbite2 @dlCHIEF58

Guess that is cool if all you are interested in is a Hopscotch simulator, as that is all that game boils down to if you think about it. Personally I'd take an actual dance simulation game over jumping around to hit four sensors on a floor pad - I can play hopscotch in my driveway with just a piece of chalk for a lot less money. 


But last time I checked, there was no DLC for the PS2 since there was no hard drive in the system. It was free because it was non-existent. Next time try backing up your claims with a little thing called FACTS and you may be taken seriously.