When Guitar Hero 5 rampages through stores this September, consumers will also have a chance to buy a new more “metal” looking guitar controller. The new controller will feature an all digital slider control to help reduce latency. Other improvements include: colored dots along the top of the neck so it’s easier to see where your fingers are, a reinforced strum bar with a textured adhesive to ward of sweaty fingers. Brian Bright from Neversoft said the following:
“The Guitar Hero World Tour guitar slider was sending analog values. The Guitar Hero 5 guitar controller’s slider is digital, reducing the chance for error and latency. On the surface of the slider we added slight reliefs (like the one on the yellow fret button) to the middle slider fret and the top and bottom slider frets. This way you can feel exactly where your fingers are. There are also colored dots on the neck of the guitar controller near the slider that correspond to the colors of the frets. This allows you to quickly look down and see where your fingers should be (if the reliefs aren’t enough for you). All of these changes to the slider allow you to hit the tapping sections with better precision – we also removed the purple rope in the tapping/slide sections of game play by the way :). For those who are musically inclined, GHStudio’s all new expressive guitar controller capabilities is where the slider will really shine.”
No word on price yet, but people will buy this if they are just getting into the GH game for the first time and don’t already have controllers.