The Guitar Hero Live release date is here and soon you will be able to play your new Guitar Hero Live guitar and rock out to a streaming choice of new songs with the option to play the guitar and to sing vocals if you really want a challenge. This is what you need to know about the Guitar Hero Live release date and tips to get the most out of this new game.
With a Guitar Hero Live release date hours away, you can still head out to play the game early, and we will help you figure out what you need to know about what you can play Guitar Hero Live on and more.
While Guitar Hero Live is coming to consoles first, there is a Guitar Hero Live iPhone, iPad and Apple TV release coming that allows you to use the new Guitar controller with your mobile device.
You don’t need a Guitar Hero Live pre-order to make sure you can find the game on release day, but if you do pre-order you can save with some new Guitar Hero Live deals and you can get free bonus items like a microphone.
This guide will show you what you need to know about the Guitar Hero Live release date, what’s new in Guitar Hero Live and other important details that gamers need to know.
Guitar Hero Live Release Date
The Guitar Hero Live release date is Tuesday October 20th on consoles. The Guitar Hero Live Apple TV release date and the version for iPhone and iPad is coming this fall, but is not confirmed for a date yet.
Guitar Hero Live is available on Xbox One, PS4, PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii U. The game includes a new Guitar controller with the $99 version.
Guitar Hero Live What’s New?
There are several new components to Guitar Hero Live that will set the game apart from the Guitar Hero games you loved and from the Guitar Hero games that overwhelmed us with multiple editions.
Guitar Hero Live includes a new controller and support for a USB microphone so you can sing and play guitar.
The audience is no made up of real people that will make the task of playing a killer show more challenging than cartoons booing at you. Play in real life venues and with band members who will react to you.
GHTV is a music video network that you can play all the time. This includes options to play a channel, play while other people watch the music video and there are options to see live concerts.
The wireless controller is also coming to the Guitar Hero Live iPhone, iPad and Apple TV release later this year.
Play Guitar Hero Live Early
If you want to get into the Guitar Hero Live release date early, you can head to most GameStop locations now to play the game early using the new controller.
Use this tool to look for a GameStop near you that is hosting an opportunity to play the game.
If you share a photo of you playing on Twitter or Instagram you are entered for a chance to win a $100 GameStop gift card.
Guitar Hero Live Two Guitar Pack
There is a single Guitar option and a 2-pack of Guitar Hero Live guitars available. The game is $99 for the base model and $149.99 for the two guitar option.
You cannot use an old Guitar with the Guitar Hero Live game, so if you want to play with two players at the same time, you will need to invest in a second controller.
New Guitar Hero Live Controller
This is an all new Guitar Hero controller for the Guitar Hero Live release. The team behind it promise more realism that will match the real-life audiences in Guitar Hero Live.
There is a new six-button layout that delivers a more realistic feel when switching between strings on the guitar. The Strum bar is untouched, so you can get back to strumming just like you used to.
There is a new Hero Power button you can use in the game, or you can tilt the guitar. There is also a whammy bar that many players love. A Guitar Hero TV button will deliver you right into the GHTV game mode. It’s also wireless.
There is no pricing for an individual controller yet, so you may want to invest in that two pack.
Guitar Hero Live Deals
There is still time to save with Guitar Hero Live deals that offer a decent amount of savings to buyers without waiting for the game to go on sale.
Amazon offers $10 off Guitar Hero Live to Amazon Prime Members. The discount shows up at checkout and will likely stop on or soon after the Guitar Hero Live release date.
Best Buy offers a $10 gift certificate when you pre-order Guitar Hero Live. This is also good on the base package or the two-guitar bundle. If you are a Gamers Club Unlocked member you also save 20% on either in addition to the pre-order bonus.
Best Buy also includes a free Guitar Hero Live microphone when you pre-order and you can save $50 on Guitar Hero Live when you buy a PS4.
No Guitar Hero Live Midnight Release Events
While many games this year arrive with a lot of fanfare and midnight events, there are no midnight Guitar Hero Live release date events planned at Best Buy or GameStop.
If you plan to buy Guitar Hero Live at Walmart, you will likely be able to walk in and pick it up at 12:01 AM, if your local store is open all night.
Guitar Hero Live Digital Download
You cannot buy a Guitar Hero Live digital download, which means you will need to swap disks when you want to play the game. This also means you cannot pre-load the game and play right at midnight.
Part of this is due to the lack of any stand-alone Guitar Hero Live controllers on sale now and due to the fact that you cannot use your old Guitar Hero controllers to play that game.
Guitar Hero TV, DLC and In App Purchases
Instead of traditional Guitar Hero song packs and DLC, the Guitar Hero Live release brings a new way to play new songs without paying extra.
The Guitar Hero TV option will stream channels of songs to you that you can play at no extra charge as long as you want to play in the order.
The model is like Spotify. You can listen to the radio channels free, but if you want to be able to play or listen to a song at any time, you have to pay. You can use the coins you earn in the game or make a purchase with real money to get new Guitar Hero Live songs.
Guitar Hero Live Song List
The Guitar Hero Live song list is massive at the start, and we expect to see more arrive as the game matures in the coming weeks and months. There are over 100 songs on the Guitar Hero Live playlist now, and Activision promises more to come.
You can listen to the songs on the Guitar Hero Live playlist above, and you can check out the song list that spans decades and genres to see if your favorite song is on the list.
Guitar Hero Live Contests
As we mentioned in the play Guitar Hero Live early section GameStop is offering a $100 gift card to users who post to Twitter and Instagram while playing Guitar Hero Live at GameStop. You need to tweet the hashtags #BeAGuitarHero and #Sweepstakes
— Tamara Serrao (@SerraoTamara) October 14, 2015
Another Guitar Hero Live contest allows you to get into the Ed Sheeran’s Sing music video for Guitar Hero TV in the game. You need to download the Musical.ly app and lip sync to Ed Sheeran’s Sing then share it on Musical.ly and post it to Twitter or Instagram with #GuitarHeroTVStar.
This contest runs through October 25th, and you can see more details about it on the Guitar Hero site.