PS3 Rock Band USB Hubless

Along with the news that Rock Band has shipped to retail, Harmonix and MTV Games also revealed today that the PlayStation 3 version of the bundle does not include a USB hub. That's all well and good for most PS3 players, as the majority of SKUs boast four USB ports.

But the recently released 40GB model only offers two USB ports. That means, out of the box, these players won't be able to jam with all of Rock Band's instruments.

Read on to find the solution and more...

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aiphanes3984d ago (Edited 3984d ago )

A 4 port powered USB 2.0 HUB

A 7 port powered USB 2.0 HUB

A 4 port non-powered USB 2.0 HUB

ruibing3984d ago

Here's a good one from Newegg that matches in color and has a free 3-day shipping for $12.99.

cr33ping_death3984d ago

rock out to a game.....sure buddy......i love guitar hero and no doubt would love rock band but to say rock out and mean it on a plastic controller is just.......dumb. learn to play a real guitar.....i guarantee you its nothing like GH3 or RB

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Kleptic3984d ago

radio shack has a generic usb2.0 hub for like 5.99...its not powered (not sure if that will matter or not yet)...but even powered hubs are like $10 for the most part...

still sucks though...why are they not including a hub like the 360 version...and is it rockband or GH3 were only the PS3 has the wireless guitar?...

Adamalicious3984d ago

It's Rock Band where the PS3 guitar is wireless but the 360 guitar is wired.

Also, I'm pretty sure if you have a 40 gig PS3 you'll need a powered USB hub or possibly one that eats both of your 2 ports and gives you 4. I would think that would provide enough voltage, but I could be wrong. Powered is the safe way to go.

They aren't including it because at this point most PS3 owners don't need it. It would cost them a few bucks for every unit shipped, and it doesn't make a lot of sense for them to cut into their, what I'm sure are rather slim, margins for such a small percentage of owners. It is a bummer for 40 gig owners though, but it's a small bummer.

pwnsause3984d ago (Edited 3984d ago )

40gb owners didnt get shafted, the PS3 is open platform, so you can use anything on it, go to an electronics store and get a cheap USB hub, and your good.

Boink3984d ago

and that's not the point. it's a minor irrtant, but yet another minor irritant.

imagine you're the guy who has been waiting for a ps3, cause you're a big sony fan, it finally gets to be a price you're poor ass can afford. You rush out, buy it @ 399$, then someone gets you rock band for xmas, you grab your buddies or family, get ready to rock, and realize you now need to run to radioshack to buy a cheap 10$ device to have fun. are you a happy customer?

annoying, and not an unlikely scenario. It's the HDMI cable all over again, why could nobody throw in a device that would cost them an extra 5-10$ in order to save the customer much annoyance.

and yes I know at least the ps3 version has wireless options and the 360 does not(as of yet anyway). that's not what this articel is about, and yes i'm annoyed at that too BTW.

Adamalicious3984d ago (Edited 3984d ago )

I think if someone buys a 40 gig PS3 and Rock Band they have no one to blame but themselves when they can't plug in all three peripherals. It says on the PS3 box that it has 2 USB ports and it says on the Rock Band box that it has 3 peripherals - if one can't do the math there then I don't know what to say. Maybe they can blame their elementary school teachers.

Someone from Harmonix was quoted recently being concerned about this, but really the onus is the consumers'. Being angry with Sony or Harmonix or EA or whomever just isn't justified. Like I said before it could be a bummer for a small number of people on Christmas morning or the like, but it's nothing to get all worked up about.

Boink3984d ago (Edited 3984d ago )

c'mon, how many parents and even kids read everything on the box before they buy it?

and I somehow doubt that the temporary minimum wage people employed by the stores for the holidays are going to bring it to their attention.

it goes down in my books as a screw up, although not sony's fault, harmonix should have included the USB hub. although when the people are ticked off, they will be looking at the ps3, not rock band. and the lack of BC will be a surpise to many, but that's a different issue.

Biphter3984d ago

3 periperals out the box

2 wired (2 USB ports needed)

1 wireless (0 USB ports needed)

Total USB ports needed for out of the box Rockband = 2

Even if you buy an extra guitar there are no problems as that will be wireless too so what exactly is the issue here?

Do the math.

judd3984d ago

Sorry, but you do need 3 usb hubs, 4 if you eventually get another guitar. Like with GH3, the wireless guitar requires the little dongle thing you plug into the USB hub. So, if you are going to be using all 3 peripherals at once, you have to have 3 USB ports.

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Chubear3984d ago

If you're really into Rock Band and need to extra ports why not? It's not like you're stuck or something, not a big deal at all. Hey, there's a reason you got the 40gig and I doubt you'll be spending $200 on a game for all the peripherals when you didn't want to spend $500 on a whole console.

supaet3984d ago

I don't get it, I thought the ps3 guitar is wireless for rb.

so two usb, one for drums, one for mic, no need hub.

but still, on the ps3, you won't be able to play 4 player band locally.

the gh3 guitar doesn't work with rb, how you going to find an extra guitar to play rb? they don't sell single instruments till next year.

Adamalicious3984d ago

The wireless uses a USB dongle. They found that the bluetooth wasn't perfect enough for such a demanding rhythm game.

Biphter3984d ago

I thought Harmonix had stated recently that their Rockband Guitars are standard controllers and work with the PS3 Bluetooth tech? And go onto state that the problems with GHIII guitars and rockband are because Redoctane/Activision chose to use the non proprietary dongle (THEY stated issues with the PS3 Bluetooth, not Harmonix AFAIK).

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