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Written by Thomas "CigDangle" Balistreri   
Thursday, 20 March 2008

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Harmonix today announced the details of a forthcoming “major patch” for the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of Rock Band.  The update, which is supposed to be available this week for both platforms, will include a new “in-game music store”.

The “music store” will be accessible through the main menu, after the “Community” tab.  The songs will be categorized by new releases, song titles, song packs and albums (although albums are not yet available).  In addition, new songs for purchase will be flagged with a "New" tag, and previously purchased songs will be denoted by a "Sold" sign.  Gamers will also be able to sort by artist name, genre, difficulty and year.  In addition, they’ll be able to preview the songs, see the album artwork, view the difficulty for each track (a nine-point scale, listed for each instrument as well as the band as a whole).

Aside from the new additions listed above, the following fixes will be applied:

Adjusted fan caps for “Band World Tour” mode
For those playing on Easy, Medium or Hard, they’ll be able to earn more fans, therefore allowing bands to get further along on the tour. Easy players will be able to cross the Atlantic, Medium players can get access to more venues, and Hard players on the Xbox 360 can unlock the “One Million Fans” Achievement.

Better randomization on the randomized setlists
If you’ve noticed Weezer’s “Say It Ain’t So” and certain Metallica tunes showing up more frequently than others on the “random” setlists, Harmonix has too. “You’ll be glad to know that we’ve tracked down and fixed the issues that triggered these very repetitive moments in Band World Tour,” Senior Designer Dan Teasdale wrote on the “Rock Band” forums.

Improved detection and scoring for phoneme recognition
“If you had trouble [singing] on songs like ‘Timmy and the Lords of the Underworld’ and ‘Blitzkrieg Bop,’ you should have an easier time beating these songs now.”

Faster loading of downloadable content
DLC loads faster, and the information is now cached so that the load time wait occurs only once, versus every time the game is turned on. “The reason [DLC took so long to load] is because we have to cache all of those audio sample onto your hard drive,” Drake explained at the demo. The new music store will only have audio for the songs you choose to preview, versus automatically previewing every track on the list when you scroll over it like in the in-game setlists.

Microphone latency on PS3 is “improved”
Microphone latency in “certain situations” has been reduced. At the demo, Drake had explained that high-end AV set-ups had mic and drum fill lag issues that affected a small but vocal amount of users. “It should now be synced up as humanly possible,” he added.

Xbox 360 band logos visible on Xbox Live
Parental controls previously stopped band logos from being visible on Xbox Live.

A Harmonix rep also had this to say in a forum post:
“…we’re very aware that there are features that the community has requested that aren’t addressed in this software update. I want to make it very clear that we’re listening to all of your requests, and actively want to get these features onto the Rock Band platform in the future — but when we do add them, we also want them to be 100% perfect, and not rushed just to make it into any specific software update.”

Source: MTV.com

 

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