Rock Band 3 makes playing guitar almost like the real thing, thanks to the game's "Pro Mode" option, which tracks each strum note for note. Going Pro in Harmonix's next big music game will cost players a premium.
MTV Games' Paul DeGooyer tells IGN that, while the "typical stand-alone song" that players can download and add to their Rock Band library costs $US1.99, songs with Pro Mode note charting will be a little bit more.
"If you wanted to buy Pro Mode for guitar on top of that dollar ninety-nine, it would cost a buck, DeGooyer says. "So it's not going to be five bucks or anything. We think it's a really fair price. The alternative would be of course to include it (in the regular download) and up the price for everybody, which I don't think is really fair."
Whether that seems fair to you, Rock Band consumer, is up to you, but charting all those notes seems time-intensive, laborious work.