The launch of Logitech's Wireless Guitar Hero Controller might just mark the moment that the Guitar Hero phenomenon got out of hand. This "premium peripheral" costs $250, which is more than you'd pay for a guitar that can be played for real.
The new controller has a Strat-style design and features a wood neck, rosewood fingerboard and – get this – metal frets. It works with all versions of Guitar Hero on the PS2 and PS3 and should be available in December.
"There's no better feeling than being the guy with the best instrument when you walk into your friend's house to jam on Guitar Hero," said Ruben Mookerjee, Logitech's director of product marketing for gaming.
"The Logitech Wireless Guitar Controller gives you the credibility you rightfully deserve".
It's the question of credibility that MusicRadar has to dispute: this might look a little like a real guitar, but the bottom line is that it's still a gaming controller.
And if you want to be taken seriously, that just isn't what you need to be playing.