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First Guitar Hero 4 Drum Kit Details Revealed; Compatibility with Rock Band Not Likely

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When Neversoft's Guitar Hero IV (PS2, PS3, X360, Wii) arrives this fall, it may compete with Harmonix's Rock Band (PS2, PS3, X360, Wii) for more than just retail dominance--the battle of the bands may very well extend into your living space.

As revealed earlier this week, Neversoft's Guitar Hero IV (PS2, PS3, X360, Wii) will bring drum, vocal, and music creation support to the franchise. Now it appears GH4 may not be compatible with the Rock Band drum kits that are already in the homes of many gamers.

A picture of the wireless Guitar Hero IV drum kit, located within the pages Game Informer magazine's June issue, reveals it to have three drum pads, two cymbal pads and a foot pedal. That gives the kit a higher number of inputs and a different physical arrangement than the Rock Band drum set, which has four drum pads and a foot pedal.

Given these differences, it does not appear likely that Guitar Hero IV will be compatible with Rock Band's drum kits, especially taking the companies' past feuding into account. Shacknews has contacted both Harmonix and Neversoft owner Activision for comment.

Chris Faylor was previously a games journalist creating content at Shacknews.

From The Chatty
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    May 14, 2008 10:40 AM

    As I speculated in the chatty thread, maybe the cymbals are the same input? So you'd still have 4 inputs + 1 pedal.

    Maybe? I don't know.

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      May 14, 2008 10:42 AM

      Even if so, the physical differences do not make that ideal.

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        May 14, 2008 10:54 AM

        Well it still beats buying TWO toy drumsets

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          May 14, 2008 12:06 PM

          the cymbals have two distinct colors so I presume they are independent inputs.

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