GDC 2009: Guitar Hero World Tour PC Hands-On

Full-band rocking comes to the PC courtesy of Aspyr Media.

Aspyr Media struck a bad chord with its PC port of Activision's Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock last year, a competent translation that had strangely sluggish performance even on high-spec machines. The company is hoping to right the wrongs with its PC version of Guitar Hero World Tour, promising that the issues that plagued Legends of Rock will be--like the New Romantic movement--a thing of the past.

This will all run smoothly, Aspyr says.

Aspyr plans to release World Tour in North America in June this year, and will bundle the game with one wireless guitar controller. An Aspyr spokesman told us that the PC version of the game will also be compatible with PlayStation 3 peripherals, so wannabe rockers can round out the band experience by buying separate PS3 drums (and an extra guitar). Any USB microphone will work with World Tour on the PC.

In terms of music content, the entire song list from the console versions of World Tour will be available, as will the online-play options. But though the ability to create your own songs will be included in World Tour PC, the GH Tunes store--the global service that allowed PS3 and 360 owners the chance to share and download other users' songs--will not be made available. And as of publication time, there was no confirmation as to whether PC players will also be able to buy new songs online.

As for performance, the Aspyr rep told us that World Tour will ship with the same minimum specs as Legends of Rock, which for their time were quite lofty. We had a brief bash on the PC using the drums on the Foo Fighters' "Everlong" and found no sluggishness whatsoever. However, we'll have to wait until we get more playtime to see how consistently smooth the game will be. Keep it locked to GameSpot for more on Guitar Hero World Tour for the PC as it reaches its release date.

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Randolph is the managing editor of GameSpot, and needs more time to play games.

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Discussion

31 comments
Finsie
Finsie

Ch1nzo where do you live cuz I don't know where to buy it from?? Amazon.com says it doesn't come out til 31st December??

ch1nzo
ch1nzo

I got the game, but it doesnt recognise my usb mic.... what do i do?

rapiergv
rapiergv

why no pc review? or no info whatsoever? the game has been released.

schuman1969
schuman1969

why do you need d/l content when you can convert ANY song you want to play on GH???

schuman1969
schuman1969

It's already on my PC! UseNet RULES!!!

channjose
channjose

please, someone tell me when this games is gonna be released!!!!!!!!

brain20035
brain20035

God Dammit!! why doesn't anyone give us a piece of info on this game?? should we wait or what??

BlazingDragon05
BlazingDragon05

ok so i searched high an d low for any information on this game. is it still coming to the PC? its June 09 now...... yet i cant find any news...... does anyone know?

Reeonimus
Reeonimus

If downloadable content was available it would be hacked for sure, the downloaded songs would be in thier own format and so long as one person bought it, you could release them on a torrent for others to download and put in whatever game folder it goes to. Thats most likely the reason for not including downloadable content

SwashbucklerJak
SwashbucklerJak

If it doesn't get the downloadable songs it's a total waste.

kbe2k2
kbe2k2

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kbe2k2
kbe2k2

@GpVon that would be impossible because the music stored on your computer is not in the correct format. Even if they don't add DLC, it's only a matter of time before the console's tracks are ripped so that we can just add the DLC in as customs later just like in GH3.

GpVon
GpVon

if the pc version does'nt have access to downloadable music,maybe they should make it so it can use the music already stored on your pc....kinda like karoake........just a thought

b4ll4z
b4ll4z

THANK YOU ASPYR!! Cant wait to buy this game!! I didnt want to buy a console only for this game.. so thank you to finally release it on PC! I have GH3 already and even if ppl said that it was full of issues, on my PC it runs very well.. But if WT runs better.. it will be perfect!

okassar
okassar

Now's the time to buy Activision stock,look at their lineup.They're PE is 25 and their shares are at 10 are right now,a bargain--recession is a good time to buy:)They are the biggest software giant,they passed EA and are at 19 billion dollars of worth now--the Blizzard acquisition turned out to be a very wise decision for them.I'm still waiting for another WoW to be announced:)Their lineup is still amazing as it is right now though,this is just 1 release out of like 50 this year.

Naikori
Naikori

Man, I already have this on my PS2. I never thought the PC version would come out. I'll still try it out though, if it has downloadable content.

kbe2k2
kbe2k2

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kbe2k2
kbe2k2

No DLC would be a shame but other than that; amazing news!

partyboy111
partyboy111

i dont know why are you pissed off i have it on my pc and it works with no problems so maybe your rig is bad Croatia rules!!!!!!!

scja25
scja25

Custom songs? Great, more mods! Drum mods? Can't wait. I just hope we can still mod it and add custom songs, so we can put ANY song on it, WITH singing, although custom singing mods would be hard, we could add custom Slipknot songs with singing, guitar, and drums. It would be awesome to sing Spit it Out by Slipknot, so I'll get the PC one.

kostis1993
kostis1993

The GH 3 will be compatible! Nice I will only buy the drums!

kytomasi
kytomasi

@Einhander you fail for playing GH3 on your keyboard......

TheCrapp
TheCrapp

omg omg omg! world tour on PC, i 've been a fan of guitar hero 3, keep it up aspyr

chompas
chompas

I hope that like gerhardtscriven said, Rock Band drums to be compatible. It would be great also if a RB PC version comes out.

SUBARUandy
SUBARUandy

I hope this will come out in UK! Unlike GH:A which was an american release only.

brain20035
brain20035

Why is the release date so far???

CaseyMJones
CaseyMJones

At least they're acknowledging the issues, but Aspyr should still be ashamed of one of the worst ports in gaming history. And it's not like they failed in the face of a big challenge. Porting GH3 to PC shouldn't have been rocket science. And yet even on my rig that can max out Crysis, I spent more hours troubleshooting this buggy, unstable disaster that was never patched to a level of acceptability. It was all the more painful because in terms of graphics and online play the PC version was superior in most aspects...or it would have been anyway if it ran properly.

gerhardtscriven
gerhardtscriven

nice... hope i can get my rock band drums to work with the game...

Einhanderkiller
Einhanderkiller

Awesome. I liked playing GH3 on my PC with my keyboard.