Harmonix is trying to crowdfund Rock Band 4 for the PC

After 8 years of being told the popular "pretend you can play instruments" simulator Rock Band will not be coming to the PC Harmonix has suddenly changed their minds on the idea.

Through a Fig crowdfunding campaign that went up today Harmonix is asking for a hefty sum of $1,500,000 in order to ensure that the PC version of Rock Band 4 becomes a thing. Here's the trailer and a bit of information on the PC version including the expected system requirements:


The PC version of Rock Band 4 will come with all of the same content and features the console have along with some PC exclusive benefits such as: 33 additional songs for Fig backers, support for all sorts of peripherals including keyboard/mouse (for menu navigation) as well as the tools to author and either sell or share your own songs with the Rock Band 4 community through Steam Workshop.

While that sounds incredible there is an incy wincy problem with the PC version of Rock Band 4 - all of the DLC you own on the consoles can not be transferred over to the PC which means that you will have to potentially re-buy any of the thousand songs and packs Harmonix released over the months. I won't put the blame on Harmonix here because its probably an issue with licensing but its still a massive blow to the crowdfunding effort as console players have next to no reason to abandon their collections and switch platforms.

Harmonix has released the expected system requirements for Rock Band 4 PC

A 17th century aristocrat and a crazy old miner walk in to a bar...

I tend not to play the role of the doomsayer but this crowdfunding campaign is going to have to pull off a couple of miracles in order to get fully funded because $1,500,000 is a lot of money to ask for, especially when you consider that the cheapest tier that comes with a copy of the game ($50) still requires you to splurge out more for all of the peripherals.

If successfully funded the PC version of Rock Band 4 will be arriving to Windows and Steam in Fall, 2016. Linux, Mac and SteamOS versions are not planned at this point.

Finally, here are the system requirements starting with the extremely reasonable minimum:

CPU: 2.3GHz Dual Core

GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 600 series (1GB) or AMD 6000 series (1GB) or Intel HD Graphics 4000 (1.7GB)


OS: Windows 7

The currently estimated recommended system specs are a fair bit higher, but still manageable at:

CPU: Interl Core i5-2300 2.8 GHz or AMD Phenom II X4 945 3.0 GHz CPU

GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti or AMD Radeon HD 7870 (2GB)


OS: Windows 10