It's a game with "benefits" as it teaches you how to play a real instrument, and Rocksmith "adjusts gently" to your level of ability to help you learn.
It's accompanied by a standard input jack that can support 'most' electric guitars out there for use with the Xbox 360 or PS3 console. Nintendo Wii is not supported. 45 tracks are expected on the game disc including the Rolling Stones, Nirvana and David Bowie.
Ubi is in talks with Gibson to sort out a $200 Rocksmith bundle that would include an electric guitar. The publisher hopes this can energise the now sharply declining music genre of games as Activision ended Guitar Hero and EA's Rock Band pulls back.
"Guitar Hero is a party game. Rocksmith is a music experience," said Ubisoft marketing SVP, Tony Key. "The dream of playing guitar compared to how many follow through - there's a big gap," he added. "We will create a new generation of guitar players."
Rocksmith releases on Xbox 360 and PS3 this September.