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Ubisoft San Francisco
Release dates
Windows October 16, 2012
Rocksmith guide on StrategyWiki
Rocksmith on Wikipedia
Rocksmith 2012
Rocksmith 2014 2013

Key points

A Rocksmith Real Tone cable and a guitar are necessary to play this game.
Rocksmith Real Tone cable must be purchased separately if game is purchased via digital distribution.
Guitar requires standard 1/4" output jack to be compatible.
The PC version includes the bass guitar expansion pack.

General information

Official website
Official manual
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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Includes the Rocksmith Real Tone Cable.
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Includes the Rocksmith Real Tone Cable.
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Does not include the Rocksmith Real Tone Cable.
Green Man Gaming
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Does not include the Rocksmith Real Tone Cable.
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Does not include the Rocksmith Real Tone Cable.
All versions require Steam DRM.
The Rocksmith Real Tone Cable is available on and at various other retailers.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/205190/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/205190/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Approx. 100 MB available.
Syncs profiles and associated progress, even for songs absent from library.

Video settings[edit]

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
ShiftWindow does not work.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Part of the Visual Quality option
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Turns on with Medium or higher Visual Quality
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Always stays on
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse uses whatever is set by Windows.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Does not change in-game icons to controller buttons, uses the same layout as the Xbox 360 version.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
2 Co-op
LAN play
Online play

Issues fixed[edit]

Audio Latency[edit]

Using your motherboard's onboard sound rather than an internal sound card is recommended for reduced latency
Rocksmith's audio latency is highly dependent on values set within the Rocksmith.ini. Modifying this file is almost always necessary for an optimal experience.
To adjust audio latency[citation needed]
  1. Open <path-to-game>\Rocksmith.ini
  2. Modify the following values:
  • LatencyBuffer=1 (Computers that meet recommended requirements should have no performance issues with this. This can go up if performance is an issue, although MaxOutputBufferSize is a better compromise)
  • ExclusiveMode=1 (This can also be set in-game with the "Audio Exclusivity" setting)
  • ForceWDM=0 & ForceDirectXSink=0 (These are only necessary if your computer will not start the game otherwise)
  • MaxOutputBufferSize=<256 (This can be any multiple of 8. Lower by increments of 8 until audio starts to crackle or skip. Reasonable performance can be had around 136 - 192. Values of 128 or lower are possible on computers with very fast CPUs.)
There are also a few settings outside of Rocksmith that need to be adjusted to allow Audio Exclusivity and other settings to work properly.
To set optimal audio settings in Windows[citation needed]
  1. Open Windows Sound Settings
  2. Go to the "Recording" Tab
  3. Check the properties for "Rocksmith USB Guitar Adapter"
  4. Go to the "Advanced" tab in the Properties window
  5. Change the following settings:
  • Set Default Format to "1 channel, 16 bit, 48000 Hz (DVD Quality)"


Check "Allow applications to take exclusive control of this device" & "Give exclusive mode applications priority"

Program Fails to Launch (Crash to Desktop)[edit]

If you experience Rocksmith crashing while launching, try the following:
To Fix CTD[citation needed]
  1. Open Device Manager
  2. Open the "Sound, video and game controllers" tree
  3. Check to make sure "Rocksmith USB Guitar Adapter" is there. If not, try unplugging the cord and reinserting it into a fully powered USB port.
  4. Check for other or unknown audio devices and try disabling them. I found "Audials Sound Capturing" device created by the software Audials 10 to cause incompatibility.
  5. Unplug unnecessary USB game controllers.
  6. Make sure you are running the game as an administrator, I had crashes without any extra sound devices enabled, and not running as an administrator ended up being the culprit.


Audials Fix originally posted by "AndeeWeir" on the Ubisoft Rocksmith Guitar PC Official Bugs and Issues Thread.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo E4400 2.0 GHz
AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 12 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT
ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT
256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9 compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX 9.0c Compliant


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/205190/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (205190) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.