DJ Hero, the latest in the Hero series, will come complete with 80 original and exclusive mixes, hot from the turntables of superstar disc jockeys, DJ Shadow, DJ Z-Trip and DJ AM, all of whom appear as in-game characters.
Songs from the likes of Black Eyed Peas, 50 Cent, Justice, Marvin Gaye, Beck, Beastie Boys and N.E.R.D will be yours to scratch and mix into oblivion.
The new turntable controller features a cross-fader, effects dial, sample buttons and a fully rotatable deck and will provide a more creative experience, with user-chosen samples and effects, DJ Hero promises to be more than just the button smashing blast that Guitar was and is.
But don’t sling you axe in the bin just yet because there are guitar-DJ mixes for you to team-up and rock-out on.
Slightly less excitingly, the opportunity to for you to plug in a mic and emcee over your tracks is available. But unless this takes the form of a humorous battle rap I wouldn’t recommend emceeing anywhere anyone might see you.
DJ Hero will be available on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 later this year – probably in the run-up to Xmas.
Sorry, the elusive Pacemaker portable DJ gadget isn’t here yet, but an online DJ portal is. Coupled with a free PC/Mac music / mixing editor, the web site allows you to create your own mixes and share them with the community.
Tonium has apparently done deals with a number of international music publishing houses, so the resulting service should be fairly watertight legally…