Guitar Hero controller changes for 5

Following the revelation of the Guitar Hero 5 achievements yesterday, Neversoft has told us how the guitar controller has changed when the game launches in September.

It means yet another change to the plastic accessory and another one to go out and purchase for the dedicated fans. But what will you get for your money? It is the same shape and looks similar with a red and white colour pattern.

The changes lie under-the-hood so to speak with the slider bar’s touch pad (which was rubbish anyway) and the strum bar recieving updates.

Brian Bright, developer at Neversoft told IGN that the touch pad is now digital which: “reduces the chance for error and latency”, and best of all you’ll now be able to feel which slider button you are pressing thanks to the ‘relief’ in each one. This will hopefully help improve sections which make use of the slider, which as we mentioned was fairly weak in World Tour.

The ‘purple rope’ link in the game itself has disappeared when slider notes are on-screen, though we’re not sure how you can recognise the different notes.

As for the strum bar, its been made more durable and responsive for those fantatics who rip them apart playing on Expert. It’ll have a new texture on its surface to reduce the chances of slipping.

That means some of you will be forking out for the full kit again, which is out this September, though we’re not sure on whether it’ll be sold seperately.

Rob Rymond

Currently residing between Solihull and Stoke, Rob is training to be a professional journalist at Staffordshire University. He has a wealth of experience under his belt and has been writing for 7 years despite only being 19. He thrives on news and reporting it but also dabbles with reviews as well from time to time. Outside of video games he is also a radio broadcaster (or DJ to me and you) and spends time with his girlfriend.

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