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I could see this becoming a viable option after the 360/PS3/Wii fade out. Think about it: those of us with tons of DLC could have HUGE problems when the next generation of consoles comes out. What happens if the next Xbox doesn't allow you to use DLC from your 360? Do I have to maintain 2 separate libraries, one for my old content (on a system that RRoD's every year) and one for my new content? I think moving to their own "console" could be a very smart move, if don't properly. The whole "console in a controller" thing would be a poor choice, IMO, as the controllers WILL break eventually, but it could be something like a bundle that comes with a microconsole and a controller. The microconsole would have the RB software and songs on it, as well as a large hard drive for future DLC, and the controllers would simply plug into that.
The main issue is going to be what MS, Sony, and Nintendo decide to do when coming out with new consoles, which isn't too far away actually. If any one or all of them drop legacy support of DLC, there will be a huge backlash on these forums, and HMX may choose to provide something outside the standard consoles. The future is so bright!
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Sees a future where a music-equipped instrument plugs directly into a TV.
It sometimes seems as if a new music rhythm game is released every five minutes, but Harmonix honcho Josh Randall believes things may change in the future. Randall thinks that games like Rock Band may eventually abandon consoles altogether, instead taking the form of instruments with built-in music.
“I think you could foresee a future where maybe you don’t even have a console,” said Randall, speaking to VideoGamer.com. “Your instrument can have all these songs and you just plug it into your TV. I’m sure it [the genre] is going to start to move in weird ways that no-one’s even thought of yet.”
The Harmonix creative director added that rhythm games may be influenced by developers working outside of the traditional home console sector.
“We’re obviously focused on the consoles, but outside of Harmonix there are people doing interesting stuff in the mobile space. It’s going to be interesting when it all splinters apart and then comes back together in some form we’ve not even thought of yet.”
What do you guys think about this?
I definitely see something like this happening, but not to replace the console iterations. Instead, it would be sort of an introduction to the concept. So you'd buy GUITAR HERO!, and it'd be a guitar with 40 songs loaded on it that you plug direct into your TV/receiver (no different than the joysticks you can buy now to play intellivision games or pacman with). No DLC (at least not until a future generation of consoles), just 40 preloaded 'greatest hits'. And after you enjoyed playing it, you'd buy an X720 or PS4 or IIw and buy the Band game.
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Wow what a great concept. The everybody can play online against everyone else on line. No More Console Bashing!!! It would be great, oh we would all get our dlc on the same day of the week!!!
I could see this as a side project to make it more accesible but I dont ever think that this will ever become the only way to play Rock Band.
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