Your Rock Band 3 Peripherals Are …

Sun, Jun 13, 2010

Casual, Rhythm

The peripherals for Rock Band 3 have finally been confirmed, just in time for next week’s E3. Mad Catz will be selling the new instruments for some pretty hefty price tags, announced on Friday.

Early rumors had speculated that the new keyboard instrument would actually be a keytar, a rumor that appears to be both false and true in different ways. The instrument will be a wireless keyboard; however, the keyboard can be held like a guitar and used to play lead guitar or bass. The keyboard will be $80 on its own and will be the only instrument included in a game bundle, which will cost $130.

The new guitar will cost a whopping $150, but features 102 buttons on the neck to replicate a guitar’s 6 strings and 17 frets. The Fender Mustang Pro-Guitar will also feature a touch-sensitive strumming area with real strings. And if that doesn’t whet your appetite for rock, Fender is creating a Rock Band 3 Squier Stratocaster, a functional electric guitar that doubles as a controller for the new “Pro” mode.

Mad Catz will also be offering a keyboard stand with an undisclosed price tag, a Pro-Cymbals Expansion Kit, and a MIDI Pro-Adapter. The kit includes three cymbals with noise-dampening rubber and will cost $40. The adapter will allow users to use existing MIDI keyboards and drum sets in the game and will also cost $40. This info gives gamers a head start on what can potentially be a bank-breaking investment. Rock Band 3 will be out in time for the 2010 holiday season.

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