Worth an Xbox One just for Rock Band 4?

Over the past year I have gotten back into Rock Band after a few years of idleness. I had gotten an electric drum set and have been casually learning to play using Rock Band as kind of a supplement to it.

Even though I have a PS4, I've been playing Rock Band 3 on Xbox360 since that is where all my songs are (Rock Band 1, 2, 3, AC/DC, Green Day, Lego, Blitz, as well as a lot of DLC). With the Xbox One X out, I am thinking of trying to get a deal on an older model so I can get Rock Band 4.

My question is if the price of the Xbox One and Rock Band 4 (plus Rock Band 3 export and the adapter needed to use my drums) would be worth upgrading from Rock Band 3. I currently only play single player pro drums in quick play (and practice mode when struggling with a song) and don't see that changing any time soon.

I know I would get the new songs and access to newer DLC, but are there any improvements in pro drums or practice mode? Is the overall interface better/quicker than Rock Band 3?

On the flip side, are there any downgrades compared to Rock Band 3 that might annoy me considering the way I am using it?

Thank you for any input you can give

Comments

  • It's worth it
    Bot even something to think twice about

    Your old dlc * new one will more than justify it


  • I bought an Xbox one over a year ago strictly for RB4 and haven't regretted it for a second.. I had a ton of DLC and all those discs just like you.. I'm not much of a drummer, so I can't speak to that, but the DLC has been pretty solid, and the game is good.. I say buy a used original Xbox one and get after it.
  • grumblevolcanogrumblevolcano Headliner
    edited November 2017
    Pro drums
    - Make sure you pick static fills in the drum options to get the proper charts.
    - Variable breakneck speed exists so if you find the RB3 breakneck speed too fast but the normal speed too slow you can have a middle ground (there's also speeds above RB3's breakneck speed).
    - If you're a lefty pro drummer, there's a significant issue that hasn't been fixed.
    - No drum freestyle mode.

    Practice mode
    - You have to go into a separate mode rather than it being selectable in quickplay.

    Interface, overall experience and legacy entitlements
    - If you care about stats, there's no longer section percentages at the stats screen when you finish a song normally.
    - Setlists are much better than RB3.
    - The overall interface is better and quicker than RB3 outside of the practice mode point mentioned above.
    - Some of the songs you own in RB3 you won't be able to download yet because all entitlements haven't been fixed yet. It is an ongoing process and HMX isn't giving up, though Rock Band Network songs are seeming to be a no at this point due to licensing issues.
    - If you owned a European copy of Rock Band 1, the 9 European bonus songs won't transfer to RB4 due to licensing complications though you can buy 6 of them in the store.

    Hope this helps.
  • Go for it. You can find brand new XB1s for relatively cheap now, especially since XB1X is now out.
  • If you’re certain that it’ll just be a Rock Band machine (and maybe a 4K BD player), then go for a One S. They’re super cheap (and may get cheaper the further we are into the holiday season), and I don’t think RB4 will get much into the 4K/HDR bells and whistles anytime soon.
  • braves22braves22 Opening Act
    I bought my XBO specifically for RB, my instruments, and my library to carry over...

    My YES answer is an emphatic YES, but I may not be the right person to ask as I have over 1k songs, 5 guitars, an ION kit with a Roc n Soc throne, 4 mics with a boom mic stand, a stage kit, and way too much invested in the franchise to let it die after RB3.
  • Walmart and Target will have Xbox One S's for $189 on Black Friday this year.
  • I got my Xbox One for Sunset Overdrive, before I even heard RB4 was being made.
  • The only reason I finally bought an XBoxOne after owning an original XBox and an XBox360 was for Rock Band 4 when it came it out.

    I don't regret it.
  • Thanks for all the replies. It's a shame to hear about practice mode. I like the option to jump right into it if I am struggling with a song. It's not a deal breaker though. If I get one it'll most likely be from the black friday deals, so guess I have a few weeks to make up my mind.
  • edited November 2017
    I would go for it. I had very littler interests in Rock Band 4 when it was first announced. And this was after playing all the Rock Band titles on Xbox 360 since RB1 came out. But I too recently Started getting back into it, and got a MadCatz band in a box bundle on Amazon for $169.00. I don't regret it at all.

    I was bummed out when I read that the window to export RB1 and RB2 songs was closed and there where no exceptions for it, but I didn't realize that if you already exported those tracks to Rock Band 3, then they become apart of the Rock Band 3 export. So when I installed my game Wednesday, I had over 190 songs to install.

    Right now, my only concern is, supplies for the instruments seems to be amazon only. I can not find any local or online retailers who are carrying the instruments, so I am hoping support for the game is not slowing down.
  • braves22braves22 Opening Act



    Right now, my only concern is, supplies for the instruments seems to be amazon only. I can not find any local or online retailers who are carrying the instruments, so I am hoping support for the game is not slowing down.


    You can still order instruments directly from PDP if I recall correctly...


    Also, if you have local gaming shops, those are always great places to look because a lot of ppl threw out pristine (or close to) instruments because they thought the music genre had dried up...

    I got 3 ridiculously good instruments from that method, and all I needed was the legacy adapter to use them...


    eBay can also be a good friend...just like with anything else, make sure to buy from reputable sources.
  • I bought my xbox one originally for RB4. Knowing how many of us did this Microsoft should have gave HMX some money for that. They could have made some bank.
  • While there were games that I wanted that were known to be coming to XB1 (e.g. Master Chief Collection, Halo 5, the 2 Tomb Raider games, Ori and the Blind Forest), RB4 was the deciding factor to get one. It's been worth it for sure and I'm glad with the games I bought there ended up generally being the concept of "If this is broke, it will be fixed eventually even if it takes years" logic.
  • David2380David2380 Road Warrior
    I'm thinking about this as well...I go way back. Should I consider the instruments as well? My drums still work fine and have pads and cymbals , but the set is very old. I have an old guitar hero guitar and two RB 3 guitars, one which works okay and one which drops notes...
  • aimsmallmismallaimsmallmismall Unsigned
    edited November 2017

    I bought my xbox one originally for RB4. Knowing how many of us did this Microsoft should have gave HMX some money for that. They could have made some bank.

    Same here - and since then I bought a TON of digital games (great games are constantly on sale - I have a huge collection of full AAA games that cost $5 or less, some of which are 360 games, which is a great feature).
    Microsoft has made a boatload off of me, simply because HMX made RB4..

    That's probably what it is for most people - they need a killer app to buy a new system, whether it's Halo, Horizon Zero Dawn, etc.. For me it was RB4.
  • It's worth it if you put a lot of hours into the game. Fortunately I like other games as well so my PS4 gets used A LOT
  • edited November 2017
    braves22 said:



    Right now, my only concern is, supplies for the instruments seems to be amazon only. I can not find any local or online retailers who are carrying the instruments, so I am hoping support for the game is not slowing down.


    You can still order instruments directly from PDP if I recall correctly...


    Also, if you have local gaming shops, those are always great places to look because a lot of ppl threw out pristine (or close to) instruments because they thought the music genre had dried up...

    I got 3 ridiculously good instruments from that method, and all I needed was the legacy adapter to use them...


    eBay can also be a good friend...just like with anything else, make sure to buy from reputable sources.
    I was in their website, and it seems the only instrument available is the guitar, and I couldn't find it by itself. It was always bundled with the game. None of my local game show have ANYTHING rock band 4 related unfortunately.

    As of right now I have a second mad catz Cingular coming, as Amazon has them for $49.99 each, and I might grab a legacy adapter as well since I still have older guitar hero controllers.

    I am just very late to the rock band 4 party, and I am enjoying it extremely. I just grabbed rivals last night, and it's very well done with the whole crews ordeal. It's a shame the game isn't more popular, as this is the best the series has been if you have or plan on getting a lot of dlc.
  • I bought a ps4 for it, so...depends on how nutso you are for rock band.
  • I bought an XBO and RBIV but I still play RB3 because it supports the stage kit and keys. Not sure what benefit RBIV offers.
  • For sure it's worth it. It's my most played game on the system by FAR. Granted I came from 360 and had loads of DLC and exports but I still think it's worth every penny.
  • I originally bought it for RB4, but I have played...

    ...actually, no, I mostly just play RB4 on it.
  • SCFoxSCFox Opening Act
    I don't drum, so I can't offer help there, but I bought my Xbox One S specifically for Rock Band 4 (I actually got the Rivals bundle for XB1 a year before I got the system itself), and I'd definitely say it's worth it. The system's backwards compatibility has gotten me into playing games I haven't touched in years, and of course I've been playing RB more regularly than I had been. So if you do happen to find it for a decent deal this Black Friday, I'd definitely say go for it.
  • bandaddybandaddy Rising Star
    If you are hoping to play your electronic drum kit in Rock Band 4, be sure you can get ahold of a PDP wired adapter before you plunk down money for the xbox and game, or you will be sorely disappointed. You cannot play your e-kit in RB4 without it.

    The way it sounds like you use the game, other than the fact that you will have access to more DLC (but lose some), RB4 really has no features or improvements over RB3...in fact, as just a solo playing drummer (I assume you don't online play or group play), you will probably find the game to be pretty much the same, but missing a few familiar things, and with a few new things thrown in. If you do play online, you will find the new online play is pretty crappy.....no online matchmaking available. Rivals is fun if you like competition and playing lots of songs, but sounds like you like to play solo (though Rivals does not have you play with anyone anyway, only join a "crew").

    There are really no noticeable changes in the interface of actual instrument play, other than what I mentioned with the PDP adapter, though some people complain about calibration (nothing new there). There is a "lag" bug, where your screen will stop or lag at times, mostly (imo) due to increased communication over your connection during play, since it now monitors your score to tell you as you beat someone or if you got a new high during the song.

    That said, we moved on to RB4 and enjoy it, though we miss being able to play online as a couple on one xbox (another limitation....only 1 person online per console), so I would still say upgrade to the new. New songs alone are worth it.
  • Thanks again for all the input. Just to follow up. I decided to go for it. Picked up the a "Black Friday" Xbox One S, got the wired legacy adapter from the pdp sale, and bought the game from the Xbox Live sale. Also my brother had a barely used Guitar Hero Les Paul he was getting rid of and I happened upon an Amazon lightning deal on the wireless adapter, so I'm even set if anyone happens to want to play with me.

    Only thing is I'm letting it be my Christmas present (when you have little kids you have to play along ;) so have about a month before I get to to dig into it.
  • sieesiee Road Warrior
    I had all the Rock Band's (up to 3) on the Xbox. When I heard Rock Band was quitting, I decided to switch to the Playstation permanently and just use my 360 to play Rock Band when I wanted to because at that point I had already started playing the PS3 more.

    I had to buy all the DLC again for the PS4 on release, all my rewinds, everything and even now I'm missing all the unlisted content.

    So to answer your question, yes.. get the Xbox One just for Rock Band if you have a massive amount of DLC. There is no difference in versions. I wasted so much money on switching.
  • siee said:

    I had all the Rock Band's (up to 3) on the Xbox. When I heard Rock Band was quitting, I decided to switch to the Playstation permanently and just use my 360 to play Rock Band when I wanted to because at that point I had already started playing the PS3 more.

    I had to buy all the DLC again for the PS4 on release, all my rewinds, everything and even now I'm missing all the unlisted content.

    So to answer your question, yes.. get the Xbox One just for Rock Band if you have a massive amount of DLC. There is no difference in versions. I wasted so much money on switching.

    Also given your name, everyone in Europe with a Playstation is probably mad at you.
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