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Release dates
October 16, 2012
Rocksmith at SteamDB
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Key points

Information A Rocksmith Real Tone cable and a guitar are necessary to play this game.
Information Rocksmith Real Tone cable must be purchased separately if game is purchased via digital distribution.
Information Guitar requires standard 1/4" output jack to be compatible.
Information The PC version includes the bass guitar expansion pack.

General information

More information Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys
Retail Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg Includes the Rocksmith Real Tone Cable. Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg Includes the Rocksmith Real Tone Cable.
Steam Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg Does not include the Rocksmith Real Tone Cable.
Information All versions require Steam.
Information The Rocksmith Real Tone Cable is available on and at various other retailers.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]


Save game data location[edit]


Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Native support Syncs profiles and associated progress, even for songs absent from library.

Video settings[edit]

Graphics option Option Notes
Widescreen resolution Native support See Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor No native support
Field of view (FOV) No native support
Windowed Native support See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed No native support ShiftWindow does not work.
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Unknown Part of the Visual Quality option
Anti-aliasing (AA) Unknown Turns on with Medium or higher Visual Quality
Vertical sync (Vsync) Unknown Always stays on
60 FPS Unknown
120+ FPS Unknown

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping No native support
Mouse acceleration No native support Mouse uses whatever is set by Windows.
Mouse input in menus Unknown
Mouse Y-axis inversion Unknown
Controller support Native support Does not change in-game icons to controller buttons, uses the same layout as the Xbox 360 version.
Full controller support Unknown
Controller remapping Unknown
Controller Y-axis inversion Unknown

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Unknown
Surround sound Unknown
Subtitles Unknown
Closed captions Unknown
Mute on focus lost Unknown


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play Native support 2 Co-op
LAN play No native support
Online play No native support

Issues fixed[edit]

Audio Latency[edit]

Information Using your motherboard's onboard sound rather than an internal sound card is recommended for reduced latency
Information Rocksmith's audio latency is highly dependent on values set within the Rocksmith.ini. Modifying this file is almost always necessary for an optimal experience.

Fix To adjust audio latency

  1. Open <path-to-game>\Rocksmith.ini
  2. Modify the following values:
  • LatencyBuffer=1 (Computers that meet recommended requirements should have no performance issues with this. This can go up if performance is an issue, although MaxOutputBufferSize is a better compromise)
  • ExclusiveMode=1 (This can also be set in-game with the "Audio Exclusivity" setting)
  • ForceWDM=0 & ForceDirectXSink=0 (These are only necessary if your computer will not start the game otherwise)
  • MaxOutputBufferSize=<256 (This can be any multiple of 8. Lower by increments of 8 until audio starts to crackle or skip. Reasonable performance can be had around 136 - 192. Values of 128 or lower are possible on computers with very fast CPUs.)
Information There are also a few settings outside of Rocksmith that need to be adjusted to allow Audio Exclusivity and other settings to work properly.

Fix To set optimal audio settings in Windows

  1. Open Windows Sound Settings
  2. Go to the "Recording" Tab
  3. Check the properties for "Rocksmith USB Guitar Adapter"
  4. Go to the "Advanced" tab in the Properties window
  5. Change the following settings:
  • Set Default Format to "1 channel, 16 bit, 48000 Hz (DVD Quality)"


Information Check "Allow applications to take exclusive control of this device" & "Give exclusive mode applications priority"

Program Fails to Launch (Crash to Desktop)[edit]

Information If you experience Rocksmith crashing while launching, try the following:

Fix To Fix CTD

  1. Open Device Manager
  2. Open the "Sound, video and game controllers" tree
  3. Check to make sure "Rocksmith USB Guitar Adapter" is there. If not, try unplugging the cord and reinserting it into a fully powered USB port.
  4. Check for other or unknown audio devices and try disabling them. I found "Audials Sound Capturing" device created by the software Audials 10 to cause incompatibility.
  5. Unplug unnecessary USB game controllers.
  6. Make sure you are running the game as an administrator, I had crashes without any extra sound devices enabled, and not running as an administrator ended up being the culprit.


Information Audials Fix originally posted by "AndeeWeir" on the Ubisoft Rocksmith Guitar PC Official Bugs and Issues Thread.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS)
Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) 2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E4400 or 2 GHz AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Intel Core2Duo E6750 @ 2.6 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ @ 3 GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
12 GB
Video card (GPU) NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT
ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT
256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9 compatible
NVIDIA GeForce 200-series
AMD Radeon HD 3000-series
512 MB of VRAM