On the Ubisoft Store, Rocksmith+ will be released on September 6th

On the Ubisoft Store, Rocksmith+ will be released on September 6th ...

Rocksmith+ is coming to the Ubisoft Store in a week, on September 6th. The new subscription service boasts the largest catalog in a music learning service, clocking in at over 5000 individual songs. It will also be adding new songs regularly, thanks to partnerships with companies like Sony and Universal.

Rocksmith, as a series, is very similar to Guitar Hero. Except instead of being limited to a few buttons, you plug an actual instrument in.

The Clash, Juan Gabriel, Eurythmics, Cake, Muddy Waters, Natalia Lafourcade, Alicia Keys, Boston, Martinho Da Vila, Santana, Van Morrison, and others will be available during the launch.

At launch, people who played previous Rocksmith versions or participated in the Rocksmith+ beta test may receive a free month. Or, for gamers going big, it's giving away three free months to 12 month subscribers.

According to the Rocksmith+ website, one-month, three-month, and twelve-month subscriptions will cost $14.99, $39.99, and $99.99 respectively.

I'm cautiously optimistic.

One of my biggest problems with previous Rocksmith versions is the Real Tone Cable. The piece of equipment — that Ubisoft doesn't sell itself — is a 14”-to-USB cable with something extra built in, meaning other standard, less expensive cables wouldn't work.

This new version is compatible with the Rocksmith+ Connect mobile app, which integrates phone-as-mic technology. It tracks your playing using your phone's onboard microphone, so you don't have to buy a cable.

Despite cable, I don't know if I'm completely sold on the subscription model.

On the other hand, buying 5000 songs at a standard price would cost somewhere in the $20,000 range. So, right there, you're spending less money if you stick with the program for longer than 15 years.

On the other hand, I don't know that I'm interested in 5000 songs. For me, 100 songs would be pushing it, and that only costs $400. Using our rough math, that only costs $400.

If I discover I'm interested in just 20 songs, or less, the subscription package suddenly becomes useless. Hopefully that isn't the case, but the track list isn't yet available.

I mean, they're ahead of Boston and Santana, so I'm optimistic. And, yes, if you're the type of person who is likely to sing all of those songs, this is a better deal than buying them all individually.

Even if you aren't a musician, it's still cheaper than weekly guitar lessons.

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