The Riffmaster Wireless Guitar Controller Is Available To Pre-Order In Australia Right Now

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Update: EB Games have just opened up pre-orders for The Riffmaster, the brand-new guitar controller that works for Rock Band 4 and will work for Fortnite Festival when Rock Band 4 guitar support comes to that game.

It’s priced at a somewhat-eye-watering $199.95 and will launch on June 20th. You can find pre-order links below:

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Features:

  • Compatible with Rock Band 4 with anticipated compatibility with Fortnite Festival as soon as Rock Band 4 guitars are supported
  • Officially licensed by PlayStation/Xbox
  • 30-foot low latency wireless connection with built-in, rechargeable battery for up to 36-hours of play time per charge allows you to play comfortably on the couch
  • Unique design that is suitable for both left and right handed players
  • Turn it up to 11 with the 3.5mm audio jack, and adjust volume on-the-fly with the audio controls located on the D-pad
  • Includes a built-in, patented pending, guitar analog stick, shoulder strap for elevated comfort, and guitar is collapsible for easy storage

Original Story: Late last year, gaming peripheral manufacturer PDP was teasing the return of the plastic guitar controller, and now it’s finally been unveiled. Say hello to The Riffmaster.

This brand-new wireless guitar peripheral will be available for both the Xbox Series/Xbox One and the PS5/PS4, with a price and release date yet to be revealed. The Riffmaster will be compatible with Rock Band 4, which recently launched its final bit of DLC, as well as with Fortnite Festival – though that’ll depend on what comes first, the guitar controller or Harmonix’ update for the game that adds guitar controller support.

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IGN went hands-on with the Riffmaster, noting that while it’s pretty much what you’d expect of a modern Rock Band controller there are some interesting differences. It features a foldable design rather than the guitar neck and head splitting apart, there are extra controls, an ambidextrous design and a 3.5mm audio jack. The battery life is also reportedly around 36 hours on a single charge. You can read IGN’s coverage right here.

It’s going to be a good time for Fortnite Festival when this launches, as the game’s got a ton of potential as a free-to-play replacement for the lost classics like Rock Band. Hopefully the Riffmaster does well enough that it warrants re-introducing some drums and other bits as well.

Check out the official trailer for the Riffmaster Wireless Guitar below: