You Rock Guitar will hit the UK in June.The You Rock Guitar is a digital guitar peripheral that aims to blur the line between rhythm-action games and playing an actual guitar by functioning in three different ways.Primarily, you’ll be able to plug the guitar into Rock Band or Guitar Hero on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, or Wii, using actual strings and frets in place of the fret buttons standard to the usual gaming guitar peripherals. There are two sets of colour-coded frets, and depressing those strings will act akin to depressing the fret buttons on a guitar peripheral.This isn’t just a game controller, however: it’s a fully-fledged digital guitar. The You Rock Guitar’s You Rock mode lets you plug the device into a guitar amp or a pair of headphones, and music loops will let you either strum along to chord progressions or go off on one by yourself. Only the frets that work with chord progression will make a sound, though, with a wrong note triggering an error sound akin to rhythm-action games.Finally, there’s the guitar mode. You can play solo or plug the guitar into an iPod, iPhone, or other MP3 player in order to play along to whatever you like. There’s a whammy bar, 99 preset guitar and synth sounds, 50 alternate and drop tuning presets, and 14 digital capos. It can also plug into the USB ports on Macs or PCs so that you can use it with a music-making program, and there’s an onboard MIDI recorder.The neck’s detachable to make it easy to travel with, the guitar can run on either USB or batteries, the strings are presumably fairly light-gauge hence the comment that the strings won’t hurt your fingers. And, of course, because it’s a digital guitar, it never needs tuning.The You Rock Guitar will hit the UK in June at the price of £199 GBP, with Gameflex cartridges (letting you plug it into consoles) running £26.99 GBP each.We’ll be getting some hands-on with the guitar in the coming weeks, as we are both expert gamers and master musicians. Stay tuned, and check out the pics of the device below.

Paul Younger
Founder and Editor of PC Invasion. Founder of the world's first gaming cafe and Veteran PC gamer of over 22 years.

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