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Publisher Activision today announced immediate availability of a new iPhone iPod touch and iPad game, called Guitar Hero Live. It includes two free of charge trial songs, with hundreds more available when you purchase a controller bundle.

The game is available in the United States starting today and will be launching in Europe this coming Friday, October 23, with an Apple TV version releasing later this year.

An optional $99 bundle is available from major retailers around the country with an AA batteries-powered Bluetooth Low Energy guitar controller along with guitar strap and included redeem code. A two-guitar bundle is $149.99.

Two ways to play

Developed by FreeStyleGames, the studio behind DJ Hero and DJ Hero 2, Guitar Hero Live lets you rock real crowds with real reactions in Live mode and includes a second mode, called GHTV, billed as the world’s first playable music video network with a library of hundreds of music videos that you can play.

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Featuring hundreds of songs to choose from, the Live mode brings the first-person point of view to Guitar Hero, with a real crowd in front of you reacting to how well or poorly you perform. Footing of crowd reactions was shot live with musicians performing in front of real crowds.

Check out the reveal trailer below.

GHTV mode offers a continually-updated collection of official music videos that you can play along to. You can choose different channels of music or play songs on demand. A feature called Premium Shows will highlight content such as live concert footage, debut music videos and more.

And if you plug in a compatible microphone, you can sing along to the music in both GH Live and GHTV with lyrics displayed on screen. The GHTV platform is launching with hundreds of songs and new songs will be added on a weekly basis, Activision said.

“Fans can win fame playing solo or with their friends in local head-to-head multiplayer, and online against other players trying to master the same song,” said Activision.

Guitar Hero Live bundle

Activision has teamed up with T-Mobile to bring the $99 Guitar Hero Live bundle to qualified customers for $0 down, plus monthly installments of $4.16 over 23 months and a final payment of $4.31. The bundle is available starting today in T-Mobile stores nationwide and online at

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The bundle includes a Bluetooth guitar-shaped controller with two rows of three buttons each and a redeemable code to download the full mobile game.


A 2.02-gigabyte download, Guitar Hero Live requires an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad with iOs 8.1 or later. The list of compatible devices includes the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, sixth-generation iPod touch, iPad 4, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad mini, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3 and iPad mini 4.

The English-only title requires at least three gigabytes of free device storage space. TV play requires a Lightning Digital AV adapter and HDMI cable or an Apple TV, sold separately. In addition to iOS, Guitar Hero Live is available on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Wii U consoles.

Grab Guitar Hero Live for free in the App Store.

  • NFH

    Tap tap is that you?

  • Mr_Coldharbour

    Where’s the long awaited update for Call of Duty: Zombies?? No proper iOS 8 compatibility that online multiplayer mode doesn’t even work since iOS 7. Last update was 5yrs ago! If you don’t plan on supporting the game anymore, then make it free.

    • Sir

      There’s an update for iOS 8 just played on my 6+ the online is still sketchy

      • Mr_Coldharbour

        I haven’t had it show up in my list of Updates. It’s COD: Zombies (not BlackOps) that I’m referring to, it’s the 1st instalment. Last update was in 2010. BlackOps Zombies did get an update about a week ago though, yes.

  • James G

    Would love to play this without needing a next gen console. Already planning on buying an Apple TV so can’t wait to try this!

    • Word of warning though, AirPlay introduces a small delay between what’s shown on your iPhone and what’s streamed to TV, which can interfere with games that require quick timing such as Guitar Hero. Just in case you were planning on playing this via AirPlay Mirroring.

      (I learned this the hard way with Taiko no Tatsujin, which is another rhythm-based game)

      • James G

        The Apple TV support indicates requiring the Lightning to HDMI adapter.

      • The Apple TV support indicates requiring the Lightning to HDMI adapter.

        That’s not really an Apple TV then though is it? That’s just plugging your iOS device directly into your TV…

      • James G

        That is true. Perhaps there is better support with the New Apple TV that is less laggy…

  • Problem is they don’t update these types of games very much. They release, make you purchase guitars, drums..etc.. then make minor tweaks.. and boom go away for 5 to 8 years. Not worth the money for some plastic fake instruments. 🙂

  • Wait, I’m confused. Can it be played standalone on the iPhone with the guitar with all the songs?

  • Steven Hernandez

    what are the trial songs in the app?