Rock Band 3

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Rock Band 3
Developer(s) Harmonix
Publisher(s) Harmonix
Series Rock Band
Release date(s) NA October 26, 2010
AU October 28, 2010
EU October 29, 2010
Release type Console exclusive
Genre(s) Rhythm
Mode(s) Single-player, Co-op, Multiplayer
GameID(s) BLES00986 (IRD), BLUS30463 (IRD)
NPUB90505, NPEB90291
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Rock Band 3 is a game in the Rock Band series. It is a sequel to Rock Band and Rock Band 2, announced for release on October 26th, 2010. In March 2015, Mad Catz and Harmonix announced Rock Band 4, a sequel to Rock Band 3, and was released for Xbox One and PS4 on October 6th, 2015.

Distinguishing it from all previous rhythm music games, Rock Band 3 features "Pro" mode, which is designed to accurately mimic playing of real instruments. In Pro mode, real guitar and bass players have to match specific fingering on frets and strings, drummers have to strike cymbal pads in addition to snare and toms, and keyboardists have to use precise fingering across the whole keyboard. Mad Catz manufactured a 102-button controller with 6 strings meant for bass and for lead guitar Fender lent a real Fender Squier stringed guitar modified with built-in electronics and enhancements to support Pro mode. Real instruments and original Basic controllers can be played simultaneously in various combinations within the game to simulate playing in a real band. Before a song starts, the players choose which instrument they will represent within the song. If the right note is hit or played, it is heard in the audio. If notes are missed, they are not heard.


Options that deviate from RPCS3's default settings and provide the best experience with this title are listed below.

GPU configuration

Setting Option Notes
Write color buffers On Fixes broken characters texture.

Known Issues

Keys cannot be mapped in RPCS3's controller settings.
USB passthrough must be used with a real PS3 keyboard or MIDI pro adapter. Wii and Xbox 360 keyboards and adapters are not currently supported.

If Quickplay is played, Practice mode will lock up the game until the emulator is restarted (and vice versa).

Special Notes

Network status must be set to "Connected" to prevent long pauses when selecting songs.

Netplay testing

For the complete list of games tested with RPCN, please check the RPCN Compatibility List.

Game Version Connects? Create/Join lobbies? Match with others? Online features working? Notes
1.05 Yes No No No May need a private server. RPCN name appears on screen, music store is accessible.