Rock Band 4 Xbox One standalone version with legacy adapter is unavailable at major retailers

Rock Band 4 is out today and both long-time fans and newcomers are ready to pick up their plastic instruments and rock out. But there seems to be a problem with the Xbox One standalone version that comes with the legacy adapter that's supposed to connect to previous-generation instruments. It's currently not available at major retailers, if anywhere at all.


Rock Band 4 has arrived, marking the potential start of a new plastic instrument era for gaming. And while Mad Catz has crafted new instruments for a new generation of consoles, the option is also there to use instruments from previous generations. In the case of the Xbox One version, a legacy adapter is required to use old wireless instruments. There's just one problem. The adapter is nowhere to be found.

Major digital retailers, including Amazon, GameStop, Target, and Best Buy are all showing the standalone Xbox One version of Rock Band 4 with the legacy adapter as unavailable. It is also not available in stores, with many of these same major retailers reporting low stock numbers or never having received it at all. Shacknews reached out to several GameStop managers in the Los Angeles area, all of whom cited a shipping issue and are not expecting new stock until Friday at the earliest.

Shacknews has reached out to Harmonix for comment, but from the looks of it, Xbox One users will have to take a few days to warm up the band before they can take the stage.

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      October 7, 2015 2:15 AM

      I had heard about a month ago they were having problems with the Xbox One version and that it would ship later. Not sure why Mad Catz didn't mention that in their press release that stated the game was actually shipping early. Supposedly there was a problem with the band-in-a-box bundle as well. I'm not certain what is correct but I currently have a November 3rd date for its release. Since you're reporting some retailers as stating low stock numbers maybe it did ship to a few?

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        October 7, 2015 2:39 AM

        I purchased a band-in-a-box bundle for Xbox One from Best Buy yesterday and saw at least 4-5 others in the store. I know of at least one other local BB that got stock too. Anecdotal evidence for sure, but the Xbox One version is at least out in the wild.

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      October 7, 2015 2:34 PM

      Thing is, this game crashes and lags incredible huge balls on the Xbone. It needs serious patching. It just wasn't ready for the public. Guess it HAD to come out now, you have giants on the horizon.

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