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Rock Band VR coming to Oculus Rift in March

Controller bundles available for pre-order now

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Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Harmonix is bringing Rock Band VR, its virtual reality take on the long-running rhythm game franchise, to Oculus Rift on March 23, the developer announced today.

Oculus Rift owners who want to virtually rock out to songs like Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way”, The Killers’ “When You Were Young” or Paramore’s “Ain’t It Fun” can purchase Rock Band VR as part of a bundle exclusive to Amazon. For $69.99, buyers get either a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One-compatible guitar controller — which connect to a Windows PC via Bluetooth or Windows 10 Anniversary Edition, respectively — and a digital copy of Rock Band VR.

Rock Band VR requires an Oculus Rift headset and the Oculus Rift controller, which needs to be attached to the guitar controller.

Rock Band VR will feature “classic mode,” in which players shoot for a note-perfect performance of each song’s studio recording, and “performance mode,” which offers “the creative freedom of a live concert where no two performances sound exactly the same,” Harmonix said in a release.

“In this mode, players experiment with different chords, notes and strum speeds to develop their signature sound and make each performance their own,” the developer said.

For our thoughts on Rock Band VR, check out Polygon’s hands-on impressions and video of the rhythm game in action.

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