Rock Band 2 receives PS3 software update
Dan Teasdale, lead designer on Rock Band 2, has popped up over on the official EU PlayStation blog with news of a new software update for the popular music title.
Taking feature requests and comments from the many people who comment on the Harmonix forum “to heart”, Dan is happy to reveal just what’s new after you boot up Rock Band 2 the next time you’re getting your rock on.
- “Sort by Stars” in Quickplay. If you hit the “Sort” button on the Song Select screen, you’ll come to a brand new sort that orders songs by the star ratings that you’ve achieved on each song. Each star rating gets a category, as well as an “Unplayed” category for songs that don’t have a star rating recorded. Finally, you can record your progress towards gold starring every song in your library!
- Improved “Sort by Stars” fix: Players will not have to beat a previous high score to record a star rating for their songs.
- Chord HOPO improvements: If you’ve played The Beatles: Rock Band, you’ll notice much more robust handling of chord hammer-ons and pull-offs. This patch implements those changes in Rock Band 2 to provide a more natural chord hammer-on/pull-off experience.
- Velocity Sensitivity on Ion Drum Kits: Ion Drum kits now support velocity sensitivity in both drum fills and Drum Freestyle mode.
- Rock Band Network Store Support: When the Rock Band Network goes live, select songs will be available for PlayStation 3 users through a new storefront available in game. Stay tuned for more information closer to the launch of RBN!
- SingStar Wireless Microphone Support. Rock Band 2 now supports the SingStar Wireless Microphones currently available through Europe! Finally, you can now have a fully wireless Rock Band experience on your PlayStation 3!
The big news here is support for the RBN. We’re still curious, however, just how selective the new songs for the PS3 will be. Check out our previous article about the legal and technical minefield the Rock Band Network presents.