Guitar Hero III Hardware Preview

Find out about the new Gibson Les Paul guitars RedOctane has prepared for Guitar Hero III.

PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii owners will all find new wireless Gibson Les Paul guitar controllers bundled with the latest Guitar Hero sequel, Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.

RedOctane VP of hardware Lee Guinchard introduced the new Gibson Les Paul-inspired guitar to gaming journalists at a recent San Francisco press event held earlier this week. Guinchard stressed that the new controller maintains the "core essence" of the Guitar Hero controller but also features several improvements, including sturdier construction, a detachable neck, and wireless support.

Red Octane shifted buttons out of the way to help eliminate inadvertent game pauses.

The new controller feels better than any other Guitar Hero controller to date. The frame exhibits less flex, and the guitar's hefty feel makes us believe it can handle more player abuse than past models. The fret buttons have also been upgraded to feel less "spongy" according to Guinchard, and we have to say that, yes, they do feel less spongy.

The new guitars also feature detachable necks for easy transport. Guinchard wouldn't comment on the possibility of releasing alternative neck attachments, but he did say that there are "extra pins" currently unused in the connector. All the guitars also have the mysterious expansion port located on the bottom edge of the controller we first saw on the X-Plorer guitar for the Xbox 360, but we couldn't find anyone willing to tell us if a pedal attachment is in the works.

The guitar faceplates will be interchangeable on the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 controllers, but not on the Wii for obvious reasons.

RedOctane upgraded the PlayStation 3 and 360 guitars with accelerometers to bring them up to speed with the current-console generation, but Guitar Hero III takes advantage of the Wii's abilities by inserting the remote directly into the guitar. The game uses the Wii's accelerometer to detect star power activation, and the remote's built-in speaker will let you know when you've hit the wrong note.

The guitar is wireless for all the next-generation platforms, but all the PlayStation 3 demo systems at the event had wireless dongles for the controllers. Guinchard explained to GameSpot that time constraints forced RedOctane to go with the dongle route on the PS3, but he hopes to eventually replace the controller with a dongle-free version after the holiday season. The wireless guitars use two AA batteries and offer an estimated 28 hours of battery life.

The wireless transmitters hang gracefully from the front of the PlayStation 3 system.

The new guitars will provide owners extra customization options through detachable faceplates. RedOctane will offer six to eight faceplate designs, with some regional offerings at launch. We saw guitars featuring brown and blue wood trims. We also saw nationalized models based on the Union Jack, the Canadian Maple Leaf, and the Stars and Stripes. A few exclusive faceplates will only be available at certain major retailers. RedOctane hasn't announced how much the individual guitars will cost, but the faceplates will go for $14.99 each. Aspiring guitar heroes will be able to get their hands on the new guitar when Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock drops on October 28.

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194 comments
boduke234
boduke234

those dongles are gay I'm gladd i got the wii version. too bad for mono sound only though. i'll just order a remastered version.

lioyd123456789
lioyd123456789

O sorry ya your probably right, but gamespot always had something against the Wii on a lot of things.

yoh126
yoh126

This is gonna be great GH3 here i come rock band is cool but its like you just get two guitars and drums i mean alot of geek gamers probably dont have good voices for the mic and the guitars manly the same and the drums i dunno so your kinda gettin riped off if you get rock band get GH3. GH3 ROCKS!!!!!!!

Rcommando55
Rcommando55

Yeah they meant that if you buy a faceplate for what you believe is a 360 guitar will work for the ps3. You will have to buy your own faceplate for your wii.

buzzguy
buzzguy

I think the writer meant that the 360 and PS3 guitars can share the same faceplates, while the Wii uses its own.

lioyd123456789
lioyd123456789

The Wii version"s controller can change faceplates. I swear gamespot has something against Nintendo.

Dan2002sk8er
Dan2002sk8er

the controllers lags and is almost unusable at higher difficulty it doesn't respond to the strum bar and the green and red buttons can't be pushed at the same time, this is a huge flaw in the game making it so frustrating, especially for a game I've anticipated so much. for the PS3 version and the Wii version the Whammy bar doesn't work.

Derekanthedntno
Derekanthedntno

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Derekanthedntno
Derekanthedntno

has anyone got this for the 360? whats the battery like? rechargeable? or is it two double a's?

toy11toy
toy11toy

1 more hour !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

roryk666
roryk666

sweeeeeet use of the wiimote speaker!

partoroto
partoroto

men I wanna rock this f##kin nice gameeeeee!

Gally66
Gally66

sweet a couple more hours until im rocking out custumization sounds great

xxx17000
xxx17000

wow i can't wait till it comes out...i really want it

DaPros
DaPros

2 more days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anteraan
Anteraan

AA batteries for the 360 version? Are you effing kidding me? Who's the mensa member in charge of THAT design decision??? It's not like the 360's rechargable design is new or something. With Rock Band right around the corner, I can wait. Perhaps when they arrive with the dongle-free version for the PS3, they can also use the 360 controller-style battery for the 360 guitar.

Thrawnkkar
Thrawnkkar

The battery thing is just horrible balls. I hope they release a rechargable pack for the guitars quickly.

TheGrandMiG
TheGrandMiG

cant wait to rock with that sweet les paul :)

DarkMatter70
DarkMatter70

I think rock band looks pretty sweet, but i'm barely gonna be able to pay for gh3, so i think i'll just stick with guitar hero, 3 more days!

xXHackettXx
xXHackettXx

I want to play GH3 but i'll just have to wait till Rockband, in the meen time i've been playing my real guitar.

Sam_Lowery
Sam_Lowery

"The wireless guitars use two AA batteries and offer an estimated 28 hours of battery life." . Aw man, i thought this was going to have an internal, chargeable battery like the wireless headset.

KahnArtizt
KahnArtizt

man it seems like the 28th is taking forever to get here. halo 3 seemed to come faster than this. a lot faster.

dorkusmalorku08
dorkusmalorku08

The Wii costs the same as the ps2 at least thats how much the pre-orders are at circuit city.

Ampersan5340
Ampersan5340

can't wait, and does anyone know how much this and the game will cost for the wii?

mikeisaniceguy
mikeisaniceguy

i dont really like the controller for the wii but thats my opinion so it doesnt really matter. u can still nuy it. who knows, ill probably get home and my mom will buy it for the heck of it.

KronikKilla
KronikKilla

@tiefighter The Wii will have different faceplates, but you won't be able to use them with 360/PS3 guitars and vice versa, because of the huge hole for the Wiimote in the faceplate.

fatty5xl
fatty5xl

got mine on reserve baby...soon come...

FallenMatrix
FallenMatrix

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veeblefester
veeblefester

It'll probably be a pain to take those fancy new remote sleves off that the big N is offering any time you want to play... Remote straps too... I'm getting it anyway. :)

aliengroups
aliengroups

There will be faceplates for the Wii guitar its just that u won't be able to exchange them with a friend with the 360 or PS3 one.

tiefighter94
tiefighter94

it says below the wii controller, "The guitar faceplates will be interchangeable on the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 controllers, but not on the Wii for obvious reasons." so that means the wii wont get face plates then...that sucks.

yoh126
yoh126

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skatatay
skatatay

Im just going to stick with the old Gh2 guitar, theres no point in buying a new one. Even though the new one looks preety sick.

EnkiduFFXI
EnkiduFFXI

Dunkaroos1000: Have fun playing with a GH guitar on Rock Band when you want to do the full band multiplayer. Rock Band has pushed back the release of the individual guitar controllers to Feb '08. Looks aren't everything.

dunkaroos1000
dunkaroos1000

man, the GH3 guitar looks like a Fisher Price toy when you compare it to the guitar shipping with Rock Band.

bonafide3210
bonafide3210

question. im new to guitar hero, ive actually never played one. do you think if i buy gh3 with the controller. i can buy Gh2 and the wireless guitar would still work on it. pm if you know a definite answer.

wjuk
wjuk

How much is an extra guitar going to cost? In pound sterling. Since I was thinking of picking up an extra one, for 2-player - obviously. Hopefully it's not going to be expensive...

B4ttered
B4ttered

Also, fallenmatrix if you dislike this game so much, why are you reading news about it just to comment with your negativity, honestly, just leave comments to games you like, and we can leave comments to games we like. Rather then insulting people on their choice on ENTERTAINMENT. Now THAT'S sad.

B4ttered
B4ttered

Fallenmatrix, this game isn't MEANT to be like a real guitar. Sure, it feels alot like your a proper guitar hero, but in actual fact it's just a rhythm game. If you think it's sad, be like that, but it's good fun and is actually awesome. Can't you see that it's going to be one of the best games of this year, geez...

FallenMatrix
FallenMatrix

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s3lFc0nTr0l
s3lFc0nTr0l

awesome i just bought a epiphone les paul a whiel back

Bliind-Guardian
Bliind-Guardian

oh fig, i bet you like the beatles and those useless actually GAY bands... you are soooooo wanting to be flamed, i mean youre looking on something you dont like???

gamerkingg
gamerkingg

its gona be out around 03/05/08 or its 1/30/08

antman69r
antman69r

Does anyone know when its goin to be out in the EU?