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With a horde of rhythm games now each requiring its own army of plastic toys to enjoy, we thought we'd try to simplify things for you. Introducing version 4.1 of the Instrument Compatibility Matrix. We'll keep updating this page as new information percolates out, hoping one day to fill in every square with a green "yes." Until that time, check out our chart skills below. (If we've gotten anything wrong, let us know and we'll look into it. Last Update: December 10, 2008.

Note: A star () indicates that this instrument is compatible with all titles on our list so far.


Xbox 360 | PlayStation 3 | Wii

 
Xbox 360 Guitar Hero: World Tour Rock Band 2 Guitar Hero: Aerosmith Rock Band

Guitar Hero: World Tour Generi-caster
Yes Yes8 Yes3 Yes12 Yes3 Yes3

Rock Band 2 Stratocaster
Yes8 Yes Yes10 Yes No3 No3

Rock Band Stratocaster
Yes6 Yes Yes10 Yes No1 No

Guitar Hero 3 Les Paul16
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Guitar Hero 2 Xplorer
Yes3 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Xbox 360 Guitar Hero: World Tour Rock Band 2 Guitar Hero: Aerosmith Rock Band

Guitar Hero: World Tour drums
Yes Yes8 N/A Yes12 N/A N/A

Rock Band drums
Yes6 Yes N/A Yes N/A N/A

Rock Band 2 drums
Yes8 Yes N/A Yes N/A N/A

ION Drum Rocker
Yes14 Yes N/A Yes N/A N/A

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PlayStation 3

Guitar Hero: World Tour Generi-caster
Yes Yes7 Yes3 Yes Yes3

Rock Band 2 Stratocaster
Yes7 Yes No2,3 Yes No2,3

Rock Band Stratocaster
Yes9 Yes
No2 Yes No

Guitar Hero 3 Les Paul16
Yes3 Yes Yes Yes5 Yes
PlayStation 3

Guitar Hero: World Tour drums
Yes Yes N/A No13 N/A

Rock Band drums
Yes9 Yes N/A Yes N/A

Rock Band 2 drums
Yes7 Yes N/A Yes N/A

ION Drum Rocker drums
Maybe7,14 Yes N/A Yes N/A

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Nintendo Wii

Guitar Hero: World Tour Generi-caster
Yes Yes18 Yes3 No15 Yes3

Rock Band 2 Stratocaster
No15 Yes No2,3 Yes No

Rock Band Stratocaster
No12 Yes No2 Yes No

Guitar Hero 3 Les Paul (with Wiimote)16
Yes3 Yes11 Yes No4 Yes
Nintendo Wii

Guitar Hero: World Tour drums
Yes Yes18 N/A No15 N/A

Rock Band drums
No12 Yes N/A Yes N/A

Rock Band 2 drums
No15 Yes N/A Yes N/A

ION Drum Rocker drums
Maybe14,15 Yes N/A Yes N/A

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  1. Can navigate menus, but during the songs the green button is stuck down, orange is red, and everything else is dead
  2. It's not clear which Rock Band Stratocasters work, though it would appear that some do, indeed, work in Guitar Hero: Aerosmith. More here.
  3. Speculation based on current Rock Band 1 functionality.
  4. From Harmonix spokesperson: "Support for the GHIII guitar peripherals in Rock Band on the Wii was not possible without Activision's permission. Therefore, any questions regarding lack of compatibility with GH III hardware should be directed to Activision."
  5. Source: Rock Band guitar compatibility & music export patch now live [PS3 Fanboy -- unconfirmed for GH; Aerosmith guitars]
  6. Source: 360's Guitar Hero World Tour to be compatible with RB instruments
  7. Source: SCEA: Universal compatibility for PS3, GH: World Tour, Rock Revolution instruments
  8. Source: Microsoft: Xbox 360 instruments from Rock Band 2, GH: World Tour and Rock Revolution will be cross-compatible
  9. Source: GC 2008: Guitar Hero World Tour to work with all instruments on PS2, PS3, 360
  10. Source: Guitar Hero: Aerosmith patched for Rock Band guitars on Xbox 360
  11. Source: Wii's Rock Band 2 has RB 1 DLC, works with GH III controller
  12. Independently confirmed by Joystiq
  13. Guitar Hero: World Tour drums not recognized by PS3 Rock Band 2
  14. Forum post from Neversoft's Brian Bright.
  15. Source: The "Official" Rock Band/Guitar Hero compatibility chart (via Wired)
  16. Dude, where's the GH:Aerosmith Guitar? To clarify, it's the same as the GH3 guitar, it's just with a new skin.
  17. Source: GH:World Tour  drums now work in Rock Band 2, thanks to patch
  18. Source: IGN: Rock Band 2 Preview (Wii)

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