Activision has finally announced the PC and Mac versions of Guitar Hero World Tour. So if you've been gazing longingly at your computer, waiting to rock the hell out with a full band, you'll get your chance this summer.
Developed by Aspyr, the PC and Mac versions of World Tour will be out in North America in June and will come bundled with a wireless fake guitar. Reportedly, PS3 drums, guitars and microphones will work for the game, as well so you'll be able to get the band together if you pick up the instruments one at a time.
The entire song list from the console version of World Tour will be represented and you will be able to play online. The make-your-own-song studio is included too, but the Guitar Hero Store is apparently not part of PC and Mac Guitar Hero World Tour. Reportedly, you won't be able to share homemade songs with anyone. It's not clear whether World Tour will support downloading songs. Hopefully I'll hear back from Activision soon about this, and I'll let you know.
According to Aspyr, the new version will have the same system requirements as the previous game: 1GB of RAM on Windows XP (2GB on Vista) with either a Radeon X800 or a Geforce 7600 video card. Relatively hefty specs, but what are you gonna do? One of the problems some critics had with Guitar Hero III had to do with the game's sluggish performance on PCs. Hopefully, this problem will be fixed with the new one.
Here's a problem with home versions of Guitar Hero World Tour that can't be fixed: Guitar Hero and Rock Band are essentially social games. You play them in your living room with your friends, whereas most people just don't have a PC at the center of their entertainment world. But maybe I'm old-school. Do you play social games on your PC? Or are you like me, and reserve the computer for "alone time." (No, there's nothing dirty about that.)