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Guitar Hero 2 X-plorer not broken; patch coming

While Guitar Hero 2 is an excellent game, it has been plagued by hardware problems, being that the guitar’s whammy/tremolo bar does not function properly. Word has just reached us though from Activision that it’s not the guitar that’s broken but the software.


Jam that whammy!

DIY-artists have already supplied remedies involving taking the guitar apart yourself, but as it turns out it’s just anti-cheating software gone hyperactive. Game developer Red Octane’s official word on the subject:

“On learning of potential issues with the whammy bar on the Xbox360 guitar, we immediately began extensive testing of both the guitar and the software to isolate any issues with whammy bar functionality and the corresponding causes. Our testing identified a specific software element that may, in certain situations, cause the whammy bar to lose responsiveness. Given that this is a software-driven, an patch is being developed to fix the issue and will arrive as soon as possible via download on Xbox Live. We will confirm soon a target date for this download.”

Activision representatives added to Xboxic that the culprit is in code added late in the development cycle, which was designed to counter cheating. While no exact date for the patch is supplied yet, it should be available within ’several weeks’ as an auto-update on Xbox Live.


Don’t do this at home kids; help is on the way
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24 comments on 'Guitar Hero 2 X-plorer not broken; patch coming'

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Comment by Kaasplank on 2007-04-13 14:44:40 | Reply

Ghehe.. releasing a patch that criples a game severely in several weeks should keep your buyers happy….

not :+

Comment by Kaasplank on 2007-04-13 15:03:48 | Reply

Yeah.. They are not learning from mistakes I guess

Comment by Dobber on 2007-04-13 15:57:54 | Reply

All i hear from my friends is that its a cracking game. I am bias towards it as i also have it. Games dont need to have cutting edge graphics to be good. Its all in the gameplay and this has it in bundles. Get 2 players at the same time and then just rock till you drop!!

Comment by Paul on 2007-04-13 17:02:28 | Reply

I’ve performed the fix to mine. but it is sometimes not as responsive as it should be. A patch will be welcomed ASAP.

Comment by Thryon on 2007-04-13 18:26:10 | Reply

Dang Activision…I posted weeks ago that the problem appeared to be software based. Nice of you to catch on thou.

Comment by Worms on 2007-04-13 19:10:46 | Reply

Well worth the $90 I think. I don’t seem to ever get bored playing it. I’ve been paying attention to my bar and noticed that sometimes it doesn’t start right away maybe a second or two lag though most of the time it’s fine. I guess that will get fixed.

Comment by newmodel on 2007-04-13 19:47:35 | Reply

Enable the Whammy bar

500 MS points

Confirm Download?

Comment by keemira on 2007-04-13 22:09:51 | Reply

they should also fix the leg u get when u plug ur headset into the guitar becuz it gets all messed up when ur talkin and cutted out

Comment by ufhurefhuirehufr on 2007-04-14 03:42:26 | Reply

ive never had a problem with my leg but lag yes :)

Comment by tybud on 2007-04-14 00:57:52 | Reply

lol @ newmodel

“The only problem I have with Guitar Hero 2 is that…. now I want to buy a real guitar…”
Do it man, you’ve done the hard part getting your fingers coordinated. Start that band.

Comment by mkhovde on 2007-04-14 15:51:55 | Reply

A title update for Guitar Hero II for the Xbox 360 will be available on Xbox Live at 4:00 am PDT on Saturday, April 14 that should resolve the situation where input from the whammy bar was not always recognized. Downloading the update should resolve this issue for all Activision Guitar Hero branded guitar models.

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