PS3 'Rock Band 2', 'Guitar Hero: World Tour' instruments interchangeable

Sony has announced that the instruments for rhythm-based games will work universally across the board on PlayStation 3.

CNET sister-site Gamespot is reporting that instruments for the games Rock Band 2 and Guitar Hero: World Tour will work universally with either title on PlayStation 3. In addition, the peripherals will also work with games like Rock Revolution and SingStar. SCEA director of publisher relations Michael Shorrock was quoted saying, "For the past several months, we have been working closely with Neversoft and Activision, Harmonix, and Konami to ensure that PlayStation 3 guitars and drum sets will all feature a basic level of gameplay compatibility."

While this interchangeable functionality was already confirmed for the games on Xbox 360, there was little word on whether a similar fate would play out for the PS3 hardware. This, of course, is a significant development for the gaming audience who chooses to purchase both rhythm-based games as now they won't need to buy both sets of instrumental hardware. On whether the equipment will work with current versions of Rock Band and Guitar Hero, Shorrock replied: "We hope to have an announcement on that shortly."

Rock Band 2 will have limited exclusivity with the Xbox 360 in September. PS3, Wii, and PS2 versions will then ship before the end of the year. Guitar Hero: World Tour is scheduled for a release on all platforms sometime this fall.

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