Rock Band Network Enters Open Beta on Xbox 360, Store Coming in Weeks

By Alice O'Connor, Jan 20, 2010 8:54am PST Rock Band Network has entered the first stage of open beta on Xbox 360, allowing XNA Creators Club subscribers to create and test their own Rock Band tracks.

Announced back in July 2009, Rock Band Network lets artists convert their music to tracks for the rhythm game and sell them through a storefront, receiving 30% of the sale in return. Track creation tools are free but a $99/year subscription to Microsoft's XNA Creators Club is required, as the system is built upon its framework.

Created tracks can be submitted for playtesting from the community and the "Peer Review" process--vetting for "vulgarity, adult content, legal concerns, etc."--that tracks pass through before hitting the Rock Band Network Store is similarly community-driven.

Once Rock Band Network launches, "songs will debut exclusively on Xbox 360 for 30 days" before "a selection of standout tracks" make the journey to Wii and PlayStation 3 too. The Rock Band Network Store is not currently in the beta but will be made available "in a few weeks," according to the official Harmonix Twitter account.

Harmonix and MTV Games have yet to announce when Rock Band Network will launch.

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  • so.... where i own a PS3 and have played music for near 20 years if i want to release my own music for this game i need to pay $99 a year to be part of the service, AND buy another console? AND a new set of plastic instruments? oh! and if you check the site you also NEED an xbox gold gamertag ($49 / year)

    the $99 a year i don't mind - at all. it's a fair price for what's being offered, especially with the peer review, if it goes ahead as proposed, but the extra costs involved are pretty freaking lame.

    hmmm.... do i want to buy an ION drum kit and brain or do i want to replicate the existing setup from the living room and have to pay extra for online action...