Fortnite Festival Billie Eilish Guitar
Image: Epic Games

How to use guitar controllers with Fortnite Festival

Rock out like the good old days.

Fortnite Festival finally has support for guitar controllers, so it’s the perfect time to relive the glory days of Guitar Hero and Rock Band.

Recommended Videos

Not every controller is supported out of the box though, but if you do have a compatible guitar controller, you’ll get access to special Pro Lead and Pro Bass versions of every Fortnite Festival Jam Track that feature hammer-ons and all those classic features from the OG rhythm games. Here’s what you need to know if you want to use a guitar controller with Fortnite Festival.

Which Guitar Controllers Are Supported?

Currently, only Rock Band 4 guitar controllers and the new PDP Riffmaster guitar controller are supported in Fortnite Festival. The same platform restrictions apply to each controller, so you won’t be able to use an Xbox guitar on PlayStation or anything like that.

Controller TypePlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4Xbox Series X|S and Xbox OnePC
RIFFMASTER Wireless Guitar Controller for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4Yes  No  No
RockBand 4 Rivals Wireless Fender™ Jaguar Guitar for PlayStation 4Yes  No  No
RockBand 4 Wireless Fender™ Stratocaster™ Guitar for PlayStation 4Yes  No  No
RIFFMASTER Wireless Guitar Controller for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC  NoYes No
RockBand 4 Rivals Wireless Fender™ Jaguar Guitar for Xbox One  NoYesYes (requires the Microsoft Xbox One Wireless Adapter for Windows 10 to use on PC)
 
RockBand 4 Wireless Fender™ Stratocaster™ Guitar for Xbox One NoYesYes (requires the Microsoft Xbox One Wireless Adapter for Windows 10 to use on PC)

How to Play Pro Lead and Pro Bass in Fortnite Festival

If you have a supported guitar controller, then all you need to do is plug it in and Fortnite Festival will recognize it automatically. If you’ve set it up correctly, then you should be able to navigate the menus with it and you should see the new Pro Lead and Pro Bass song parts when selecting Jam Tracks.

Pro Lead and Pro Bass make Fortnite Festival play more like Guitar Hero or Rock Band, changing the tracks to look more like traditional rhythm game tracks. They have hammer-on and pull-off notes that you can hit without strumming if you’re on a streak, and each lane has colored notes to match the buttons on your guitar controller. Sadly, the whammy bar on guitar controllers doesn’t do anything yet outside of a visual effect.

Pro Lead and Pro Bass have their own Fortnite Festival leaderboards too, so you can compare your performance to other pro rockers out there instead of those lowly controller players. All players regardless of input type will see the new Overdrive note changes, however. Epic Games has changed the Overdrive note color on all songs from orange to silver-white to fit in better with the new Pro Lead and Pro Bass note colors. Hitting Overdrive is essential to completing some Fortnite Festival quests, so make sure you get used to the change.


PC Invasion is supported by our audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a small affiliate commission. Learn more
related content
Read Article Fastest way to complete Major Challenge and unlock DedSec in XDefiant
Xdefiant Character In Ready Position
Read Article How to fix the XDefiant Battle Pass not working
Xdefiant Anarchy Skin
Read Article XDefiant 120 FPS: How to enable for all platforms
Xdefiant Rifle
Related Content
Read Article Fastest way to complete Major Challenge and unlock DedSec in XDefiant
Xdefiant Character In Ready Position
Read Article How to fix the XDefiant Battle Pass not working
Xdefiant Anarchy Skin
Read Article XDefiant 120 FPS: How to enable for all platforms
Xdefiant Rifle
Author
Diego Perez
Currently serving as a Senior Staff Writer at PC Invasion, Diego Perez has been writing about video games since 2018, specializing in live service games like Destiny and Final Fantasy XIV. His work is featured at publications like Game Rant and Attack of the Fanboy (where he served as Associate Editor), but PC Invasion is home to his best work. When he's planning content or writing guides, he's yelling about Ape Escape or grinding Lost Sectors in Destiny. Plus, he has a Bachelor of Science in Telecommunication Media Studies for Texas A&M University.