Rock Band PS3 Patch Adds Guitar Hero III Controller Support

An update to the PlayStation 3 version of Harmonix's Rock Band (PS2, PS3, X360) will arrive later today, granting compatibility with the wireless Les Paul controller bundled in the PS3 version of Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (PC, PS2, PS3, Wii, X360).

Harmonix's own Sean Baptiste announced the update on the Rock Band forums, describing the patch as "a routine update for the PLAYSTATION 3 version of Rock Band that addresses a number of items related to guitar controller compatibility." Although Baptiste rightfully uses cautious wording in the post, Shacknews has confirmed with sources inside EA that the patch will indeed give support for the Gibson Les Paul PS3 wireless controller.

Unlike the PS3's Guitar Hero III controller, the Xbox 360 Gibson Les Paul controller bundled with Guitar Hero III has worked without issue with the 360 version of Rock Band from day one. With this specifically engineered update from Harmonix, it will be interesting to see if Activsion holds up the consumer-punishing claim written prominently in its instruction manual: "Activision expressly prohibits the use of this Guitar Hero controller with any other game."