Rocksmith

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Rocksmith
Rocksmith cover
Developers
Ubisoft San Francisco
Publishers
Ubisoft
Engines
Gamebryo
Release dates
Windows October 16, 2012
Reception
Metacritic 89
IGDB 75
Taxonomy
Monetization DLC
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time, Relaxed
Perspectives Bird's-eye view, Side view
Genres Simulation, Music/rhythm, Mini-games, Educational
Series Rocksmith
Rocksmith on HowLongToBeat
Rocksmith on IGDB
Rocksmith guide on StrategyWiki
Rocksmith on MobyGames
Rocksmith on Wikipedia

Rocksmith
Rocksmith 2012
Rocksmith 2014 2013

Rocksmith’s innovative game design makes playing music visually intuitive and will engage experienced musicians as well as those who have never picked up a guitar in their lives.

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 manual
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

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

Monetization[edit]

Type Notes

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Rocksmith - Heavy Metal - Gear Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - Tone Customization - Time Saver Pack Included in the Rocksmith - Ultimate Time Saver Bundle
Windows
Rocksmith - The Black Keys - Tighten Up
Windows
Rocksmith - Radiohead - Bodysnatchers
Windows
Rocksmith - Lynyrd Skynyrd - Free Bird
Windows
Rocksmith - Boston - More Than a Feeling
Windows
Rocksmith - The Allman Brothers Band - Jessica
Windows
Rocksmith - Deep Purple - Smoke on the Water
Windows
Rocksmith - T. Rex - 20th Century Boy
Windows
Rocksmith - Three Days Grace - I Hate Everything About You
Windows
Rocksmith - Vampire Weekend - Cousins
Windows
Rocksmith - Megadeth - Symphony of Destruction Included in the Rocksmith - Megadeth 3-Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - Megadeth - Hangar 18 Included in the Rocksmith - Megadeth 3-Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - Megadeth - Public Enemy No. 1 Included in the Rocksmith - Megadeth 3-Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - Megadeth 3-Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - The Black Keys - Gold on the Ceiling Included in the Rocksmith - The Black Keys 3-Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - The Black Keys - Mind Eraser Included in the Rocksmith - The Black Keys 3-Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - The Black Keys - Just Got To Be Included in the Rocksmith - The Black Keys 3-Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - The Black Keys 3-Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - Blue Oyster Cult - (Don't Fear) The Reaper Included in the Rocksmith™ - Blue Oyster Cult Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - Heart - Barracuda
Windows
Rocksmith - David Bowie - Space Oddity
Windows
Rocksmith - Pearl Jam - Black Included in the Rocksmith - Pearl Jam Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - Pearl Jam - Jeremy Included in the Rocksmith - Pearl Jam Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - blink-182 - Dammit Included in the Rocksmith - blink-182 - 3-Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - blink-182 - All The Small Things Included in the Rocksmith - blink-182 - 3-Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - blink-182 - What's My Age Again? Included in the Rocksmith - blink-182 - 3-Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - blink-182 - 3-Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - 3 Doors Down - When I'm Gone Included in the Rocksmith - 3 Doors Down - 3-Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - 3 Doors Down - Kryptonite Included in the Rocksmith - 3 Doors Down - 3-Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - 3 Doors Down - Loser Included in the Rocksmith - 3 Doors Down - 3-Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - 3 Doors Down - 3-Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - B. B. King - The Thrill Is Gone
Windows
Rocksmith - The Blues Brothers Band - Soul Man
Windows
Rocksmith - Albert King with Stevie Ray Vaughan - Born Under a Bad Sign
Windows
Rocksmith - Foster the People - Pumped Up Kicks
Windows
Rocksmith - Evanescence - Bring Me to Life
Windows
Rocksmith - Maroon 5 - This Love
Windows
Rocksmith - Judas Priest - Breaking the Law Included in the Rocksmith - Judas Priest 3-Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - Judas Priest - Living After Midnight Included in the Rocksmith - Judas Priest 3-Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - Judas Priest - Painkiller Included in the Rocksmith - Judas Priest 3-Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - Judas Priest 3-Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - The Police - Roxanne Included in the Rocksmith - The Police 3-Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - The Police - Message In A Bottle Included in the Rocksmith - The Police 3-Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - The Police - Synchronicity II Included in the Rocksmith - The Police 3-Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - The Police 3-Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - The Offspring - Self Esteem Included in the Rocksmith - The Offspring 3-Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - The Offspring - Gone Away Included in the Rocksmith - The Offspring 3-Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - The Offspring - Come Out and Play Included in the Rocksmith - The Offspring 3-Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - The Offspring 3-Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - My Chemical Romance - Welcome to the Black Parade Included in the Rocksmith - My Chemical Romance 3-Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - My Chemical Romance - Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na) Included in the Rocksmith - My Chemical Romance 3-Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - My Chemical Romance - Planetary (GO!) Included in the Rocksmith - My Chemical Romance 3-Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - My Chemical Romance 3-Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody Included in the Rocksmith - Queen 5-Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - Queen - Stone Cold Crazy Included in the Rocksmith - Queen 5-Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - Queen - Fat Bottomed Girls Included in the Rocksmith - Queen 5-Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - Queen - Keep Yourself Alive Included in the Rocksmith - Queen 5-Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - Queen - Killer Queen Included in the Rocksmith - Queen 5-Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - Queen 5-Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - Blue Oyster Cult - Godzilla Included in the Rocksmith™ - Blue Oyster Cult Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - Pat Benatar - Hit Me With Your Best Shot
Windows
Rocksmith - The Knack - My Sharona
Windows
Rocksmith - Finger Eleven - Paralyzer
Windows
Rocksmith - Lamb of God - Redneck
Windows
Rocksmith - The Darkness - I Believe in a Thing Called Love
Windows
Rocksmith - The Temptations - My Girl
Windows
Rocksmith - Marvin Gaye - What's Going On
Windows
Rocksmith - Otis Redding - (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay
Windows
Rocksmith - Creedence Clearwater Revival - Born on the Bayou
Windows
Rocksmith - Iron Butterfly - In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
Windows
Rocksmith - The Allman Brothers Band - Whipping Post
Windows
Rocksmith - Dobie Gray - Drift Away
Windows
Rocksmith - David Bowie - The Man Who Sold The World
Windows
Rocksmith - Mountain - Mississippi Queen
Windows
Rocksmith - Twisted Sister - We're Not Gonna Take It
Windows
Rocksmith - Whitesnake - Is This Love
Windows
Rocksmith - Europe - The Final Countdown
Windows
Rocksmith - Gary Clark Jr. - Bright Lights
Windows
Rocksmith - Grace Potter and the Nocturnals - Paris (Ooh La La)
Windows
Rocksmith - The Shins - Caring is Creepy
Windows
Rocksmith - Guitarcade - Time Saver Pack Included in the Rocksmith - Ultimate Time Saver Bundle
Windows
Rocksmith - Guitars and Basses - Time Saver Pack Included in the Rocksmith - Ultimate Time Saver Bundle
Windows
Rocksmith - Hidden Songs - Time Saver Pack Included in the Rocksmith - Ultimate Time Saver Bundle
Windows
Rocksmith - Venues - Time Saver Pack Included in the Rocksmith - Ultimate Time Saver Bundle
Windows
Rocksmith - Avenged Sevenfold - Beast and the Harlot Included in the Rocksmith - Avenged Sevenfold 3-Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - Avenged Sevenfold - Afterlife Included in the Rocksmith - Avenged Sevenfold 3-Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - Avenged Sevenfold - Nightmare Included in the Rocksmith - Avenged Sevenfold 3-Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - Avenged Sevenfold 3-Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - Rush - Tom Sawyer Included in the Rocksmith - Rush 5-Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - Rush - Limelight Included in the Rocksmith - Rush 5-Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - Rush - YYZ Included in the Rocksmith - Rush 5-Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - Rush - Red Barchetta Included in the Rocksmith - Rush 5-Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - Rush - Subdivisions Included in the Rocksmith - Rush 5-Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - Rush 5-Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - Parliament - Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof off Sucker)
Windows
Rocksmith - Rick James - Super Freak
Windows
Rocksmith - Chic - Good Times
Windows
Rocksmith - Rush - Headlong Flight
Windows
Rocksmith - Pantera - Cowboys From Hell Included in the Rocksmith - Pantera 3-Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - Pantera - Domination Included in the Rocksmith - Pantera 3-Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - Pantera - Walk Included in the Rocksmith - Pantera 3-Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - Pantera 3-Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - Nickelback - How You Remind Me Included in the Rocksmith - Nickelback - 3 Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - Nickelback - Rockstar Included in the Rocksmith - Nickelback - 3 Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - Nickelback - Bottoms Up Included in the Rocksmith - Nickelback - 3 Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - Nickelback - 3 Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - Foo Fighters - Walk Included in the Rocksmith - Foo Fighters - Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - Foo Fighters - My Hero Included in the Rocksmith - Foo Fighters - Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - Foo Fighters - Best of You Included in the Rocksmith - Foo Fighters - Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - Foo Fighters - Times Likes These Included in the Rocksmith - Foo Fighters - Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - Foo Fighters - Wheels Included in the Rocksmith - Foo Fighters - Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - Foo Fighters - Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - Ultimate Time Saver Bundle
Windows
Rocksmith - Santana - Oye Como Va Included in the Rocksmith - Santana Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - Santana - Black Magic Woman Included in the Rocksmith - Santana Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - Santana Feat Rob Thomas - Smooth Included in the Rocksmith - Santana Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - Santana Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - Eric Johnson - Cliffs of Dover
Windows
Rocksmith - Pearl Jam - Alive Included in the Rocksmith - Pearl Jam Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - Blind Melon - No Rain
Windows
Rocksmith - The Strokes - Reptilia Included in the Rocksmith - The Strokes Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - The Strokes - Last Nite Included in the Rocksmith - The Strokes Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - The Strokes - Juicebox Included in the Rocksmith - The Strokes Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - The Strokes Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - The Guess Who - American Woman
Windows
Rocksmith - Steppenwolf - Born to be Wild
Windows
Rocksmith - Cheap Trick - Surrender
Windows
Rocksmith - Fall Out Boy - Sugar, We're Goin Down Included in the Rocksmith - Fall Out Boy Song-Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - Fall Out Boy - Dance, Dance Included in the Rocksmith - Fall Out Boy Song-Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - Fall Out Boy - Thnks fr th Mmrs Included in the Rocksmith - Fall Out Boy Song-Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - Fall Out boy - I Don't Care Included in the Rocksmith - Fall Out Boy Song-Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - Fall Out Boy - America's Suitehearts Included in the Rocksmith - Fall Out Boy Song-Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - Fall Out Boy Song-Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - The Clash - London Calling Included in the Rocksmith - The Clash Song-Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - The Clash - Should I Stay or Should I Go Included in the Rocksmith - The Clash Song-Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - The Clash - Guns of Brixton Included in the Rocksmith - The Clash Song-Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - The Clash Song-Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - Kansas - Carry On Wayward Son
Windows
Rocksmith - Judas Priest - You've Got Another Thing Comin'
Windows
Rocksmith - Ram Jam - Black Betty
Windows
Rocksmith™ - Incubus - Wish You Were Here Included in the Rocksmith™ - Incubus Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith™ - Incubus - Love Hurts Included in the Rocksmith™ - Incubus Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith™ - Incubus - Anna Molly Included in the Rocksmith™ - Incubus Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith™ - Incubus Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - Blue Oyster Cult - Burnin' for You Included in the Rocksmith™ - Blue Oyster Cult Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - Violent Femmes - Blister in the Sun
Windows
Rocksmith - Living Colour - Cult of Personality
Windows
Rocksmith - The Cure - Love Song Included in the Rocksmith - The Cure Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - The Cure - Just Like Heaven Included in the Rocksmith - The Cure Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - The Cure - The End of the World Included in the Rocksmith - The Cure Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - The Cure Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - Creedence Clearwater Revival - Have You Ever Seen the Rain?
Windows
Rocksmith - The Allman Brothers Band - Southbound
Windows
Rocksmith - Sweet - Ballroom Blitz
Windows
Rocksmith - Modest Mouse - Float On
Windows
Rocksmith - Rise Against - The Good Left Undone
Windows
Rocksmith - The Vines - Get Free
Windows
Rocksmith - Survivor - Eye of the Tiger
Windows
Rocksmith - Billy Idol - White Wedding (Part 1)
Windows
Rocksmith - The Pixies - Here Comes Your Man
Windows
Rocksmith - Maroon 5 - Misery Included in the Rocksmith - Maroon 5 Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - Maroon 5 - She Will Be Loved Included in the Rocksmith - Maroon 5 Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - Maroon 5 - Harder to Breathe Included in the Rocksmith - Maroon 5 Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - Maroon 5 Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - Rick Springfield - Jessie’s Girl
Windows
Rocksmith - Tommy Tutone - 867-5309/Jenny
Windows
Rocksmith - Blondie - Call Me
Windows
Rocksmith™ - Blue Oyster Cult Song Pack
Windows
Rocksmith - Pearl Jam Song Pack
Windows
DLCs organized by release date

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Rocksmith.ini[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/205190/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\205190\remote\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/205190/pfx/[Note 2]

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[edit]

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
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[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
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
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[edit]

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

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Dutch
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Spanish

Network[edit]

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)"

Notes

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.

Notes

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

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

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

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Vista
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

Notes

  1. When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).
  2. 2.0 2.1 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.

References