Here's Why Rock Band 4 Standalone Disc Is More Expensive on Xbox One Than PS4

The Xbox One version requires a legacy game controller adapter, while the PS4 edition works with existing instruments out of the box.

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In addition to announcing 10 new tracks for Rock Band 4, developer Harmonix has now confirmed logistical and pricing details for the music game's standalone PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions.

The PS4 standalone disc will cost the standard $60, but the Xbox One edition carries an $80 price tag. The price difference comes down to the Xbox One edition requiring a "Legacy Game Controller Adapter." This adapter allows players use their existing Xbox 360 guitars and drum sets; it supports up to four controllers simultaneously, and also works with a variety of third-party instruments.

For PS4, no adapter is required. Legacy Rock Band and third-party guitars and drum sets will work just fine out of the box without any additional hardware.

Harmonix has also published a handy Rock Band 4 instrument compatibility chart to help you determine if those guitars in your closet will work with the new game. Note that the chart is not yet finalized.

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Preorders for the standalone Rock Band 4 discs will open today at retailers such as Best Buy, GameStop, and Amazon. In addition to standalone discs, you can buy Rock Band 4 bundles that come with the game and a guitar ($130) or another that includes the game, a guitar, and drum set ($250).

By comparison, Activision's Guitar Hero Live will not offer a standalone disc version, as that game is not compatible with legacy hardware. Instead, you can pick up the game and a guitar for $100 or the game and two guitars for $150.

The Rock Band 4 release date is set for October 6 across Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The game will feature music from iconic rock band Van Halen for the first time in franchise history.

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