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  • Rock Band 2: 360 Title Update Out Now

    Posted on September 25th, 2009 Simon 1 comment

    rb2Dan Teasdale over at Harmonix has posted the details on the new patch for Rock Band 2, which is live now.  This is a huge update and adds a ton of features.  Here, verbatim, is the list of changes.

    • Rock Band Network Audition Mode. Available from the “Extras” menu on Xbox 360 versions of Rock Band 2, members of the Rock Band Network can now upload songs from their PC’s and audition their songs using our suite of song audition and testing tools. Currently in closed beta, the Rock Band Network will welcome authors to open beta in the coming weeks! Find out more at
    • “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!
    • Background Downloading in the Music Store. Purchasing songs from the Rock Band Music Store now no longer requires you to wait for a song to download before you can download another song. You can now queue up downloads to your heart’s content, which is going to be incredibly handy with some of the amazing DLC that’s coming out over the next few weeks and months.
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    • Xbox 360 Wireless Microphone Support. Rock Band 2 now supports Xbox 360 Wireless Microphones, like the Lips microphone. Finally, you can now have a fully wireless Rock Band experience!
    • 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.

    Right away, the one that jumps out for me is the fix for velocity sensitivity for my Ion kit, and I’m also excited about the new sort option in quick play.  I can predict that a certain blogger on this site will be pretty happy for the LIPS microphone support.  The update is available right now for Xbox 360 and coming soon for Playstation 3.


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    • Holy Sh**!!! As someone in the RBN Closed Beta, I can say that I will be auditioning songs tonight.

      I can finally put my Lips mic to use. What that means to me is, buh-bye Lips and buh-bye Guitar Hero 5.

      Sort by stars will be great, once I get into my new house and start my competitions again.

      I’m not a guitarist much, so HOPOs don’t grab me, but that’s freakin’ cool that HMX put some TB:RB features into a game that’s a year old.

      Velocity sensitivity, cool. I don’t have the IONS, but do have the GH:WT kit with MIDI out to a Yamaha/Roland kit. I wonder if it will make any changes there.

      WHY, oh WHY do I have to have plans tonight!!!??? I need to go home now, and download. Shhh, don’t tell anyone. (Oh, did I say that out loud?)

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