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Kaya Tetsu Dec 31, 2015 @ 8:52pm
Rocksmith 2014 Works with Steam Link!
So I see a lot of threads asking if Rocksmith will work with the steam link. And the general opinion seems to be no. Let me assure you this is incorrect. I just finished a very playable game of Rocksmith 2014 on the steam link. Granted, I was playing a song for the first time, but it worked fine. I ran into a few issues at first but it was nothing that couldn't be fixed.

First, I had no audio. The easy fix for this was that the link itself detected my surround sound setup automatically. I had to go into its settings and set it to stereo and then it worked fine.

Then I had to setup virtual here so I could use the rocksmith cable.

I had an issue with the tuner jumping around erratically, as if I was playing gibberish on my guitar even if no guitar was plugged in. For this, I had to adjust my settings in the rocksmith.ini file. Mainly I had to turn the ultra low latency settings off. Then I just tweaked every thing else until I didn't notice any frame drops/lag.

TL;DR - IT WORKS! YAY.

Now that I know it works, I might have to buy another one.
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AnitaD Mar 5, 2016 @ 1:25pm 
Thanks for sharing! Does it work with 2 Rockmith cables (multiplayer) as well? And can you maybe share your ini file? :) :2014lead:
Kaya Tetsu Mar 6, 2016 @ 9:27am 
I havent tried that. I beleve you have to buy Virtual Here (instead of using the free version) to forward multiple devices but I havent tried it.

When Im on my PC Ill try to remember to share it. Although the settings will be different for everyone. For instance, you can turn all the visual effects off, which I dont think I did.
Pokerface Jun 11, 2016 @ 11:37am 
I bought steam link just to play RS2014, long story short it didn't work, I got sound on steam link, I can tune my guitar, but I have insane FPS drops, so, is unplayable. Its painful cuz csgo works as if I was infront of my PC, I don't know why but its a heartbreaker.

My build is i5-4590k, 12Gb RAM, 240 SSD, MOBO Z87M-D3H and NVIDIA 750Ti
Kaya Tetsu Jun 14, 2016 @ 10:51am 
Pokerface, you'll have to tweak all your settings to get it playable on the link. It took me a long time to get it working on my rig.

i7-4710MQ, 16GB RAM, NVIDIA GTX 970M

Try editing the config file to turn off the "ultra-low latency" settings. They were actually hurting more than helping with the steam link when I tried. You'll have to tweak your other settings until they work. Also double check your network to make sure that its isn't bottlenecking and causing you problems. This is one of those times where it will be different for everybody.

You can also turn off the the pretty bells and whistles if you have to. I had it running just playable on a friends laptop too. An older i5 with 8 GB RAM and integrated graphics.

EDIT:
To edit the config file go to your steam folder and navigate to the rocksmith 2014 folder (Steam\steamapps\common\Rocksmith2014).

Find Rocksmith.ini
Backup the file by making a copy elsewhere.
Edit the file in notepad or a similar program.

To Turn Off Ultra Low Latency:
Find "Win32UltraLowLatencyMode=1"
Change the 1 to a 0 and save.

Last edited by Kaya Tetsu; Jun 14, 2016 @ 11:15am
Kaya Tetsu Jun 14, 2016 @ 11:13am 
I have since upgraded my computer, but digging through an old hard drive I have found what I believe to be my .ini file from after I tweaked my settings for rocksmith 2014.



[Audio]
EnableMicrophone=1
ExclusiveMode=0
LatencyBuffer=2
ForceDefaultPlaybackDevice=
ForceWDM=0
ForceDirectXSink=0
Win32UltraLowLatencyMode=0
DumpAudioLog=0
MaxOutputBufferSize=0
[Renderer.Win32]
ShowGamepadUI=0
ScreenWidth=0
ScreenHeight=0
Fullscreen=2
VisualQuality=1
RenderingWidth=0
RenderingHeight=0
EnablePostEffects=1
EnableShadows=1
EnableHighResScope=1
EnableDepthOfField=1
EnablePerPixelLighting=1
MsaaSamples=4
DisableBrowser=0
[Net]
UseProxy=1
TheShawnThomas Jun 25, 2016 @ 6:40pm 
My computer is in the next room where I can run a 30 foot guitar cable directly from my computer and have the rest go through steam link. So I would not have to use Virtual Here and would not have the guitar signal going through the steam link. Correct?
Will that work?
Will that make a difference?
Kaya Tetsu Jun 28, 2016 @ 5:07pm 
Originally posted by TheShawnThomas:
My computer is in the next room where I can run a 30 foot guitar cable directly from my computer and have the rest go through steam link. So I would not have to use Virtual Here and would not have the guitar signal going through the steam link. Correct?
Will that work?
Will that make a difference?
Idon't see why not. The length of the cable COULD be a problem, but I've nevertried it. Ubisoft doesn't reccommend using anything other than their standard cable. I believe it has something to do with an analag/digital conversion going on. I would stick with multples of the standard cable length because I think they're using a particular wavelength for the cable. Not positive, but pretty sure. Make sure you turn the volume on the guitar up. The longer the cable the more loss it will have. Good Luck.
003n Aug 7, 2016 @ 4:14pm 
thanks for posting ini file

can confirm Rocksmith can play audio over steam link
and the guitar cable works with Virtual here Steam Link version

also playing audio through bluetooth headphones:steamhappy:
thenevernow Sep 27, 2016 @ 1:35am 
So, just to be sure, all this involves connecting the guitar to the PC and using VirtualHere, there's no way to just connect the guitar to the Link, right?
TheShawnThomas Sep 27, 2016 @ 8:21pm 
Originally posted by thenevernow:
So, just to be sure, all this involves connecting the guitar to the PC and using VirtualHere, there's no way to just connect the guitar to the Link, right?
VirtualHere IS for connecting the guitar directly to the Steam Link which is what you are "supposed to do".
My suggestion was plugging in the guitar directly to the PC as a way to bypass having to use VirtualHere as well as bypassing any lag that might be added by having the guitar signal go through the Steam Link.
Kaya (above) said it should be ok to work that way as long as length of cable is not an issue.
Unfortunately I have not been able to touch my guitar to test since I moved and just haven't gotten around to it.
If you test it please let us know your results.
Last edited by TheShawnThomas; Sep 27, 2016 @ 8:23pm
thenevernow Sep 28, 2016 @ 12:12pm 
Right! I was thinking of VirtualHere backwards. :)

My guitar is under maintenance after too many years of neglect; I'll be happy to do some testing and share the results as soon as possible.
Last edited by thenevernow; Sep 28, 2016 @ 12:13pm
☭ Bisch Nov 12, 2016 @ 11:51am 
Hey! I turned off Ultra Low latency but still have like 0.5 sec of delay. There's no way I know of avoiding HDMI using steam link. My HDMI goes into my Yamaha RCVR and the Video goes by HDMI from RCVR to TV. I can just hope sound doesnt also get routed to TV and brought back through same HDMI connection. But I guess this is not possible anyway. However, how can I speed up sound? Bought VH just because of this thread. I dont need it perfect. Just need proper training setup. Steam Link and PC are connected by ethernet cable
Bilopete Nov 29, 2016 @ 4:24am 
Originally posted by 003n:
thanks for posting ini file

can confirm Rocksmith can play audio over steam link
and the guitar cable works with Virtual here Steam Link version

also playing audio through bluetooth headphones:steamhappy:

Can you clarify whether I also have to purchase the Virtualhere software from Steam for the guitar to work on Link?

I downloaded the free client for the pc and set my guitar to virtualhere usb on the link but it doesn't seem to connect to the pc. Thinking its because I have't purchased a copy of Virtualhere for the PC.
thenevernow Nov 29, 2016 @ 4:26am 
Originally posted by Bilopete:
Originally posted by 003n:
thanks for posting ini file

can confirm Rocksmith can play audio over steam link
and the guitar cable works with Virtual here Steam Link version

also playing audio through bluetooth headphones:steamhappy:

Can you clarify whether I also have to purchase the Virtualhere software from Steam for the guitar to work on Link?

I downloaded the free client for the pc and set my guitar to virtualhere usb on the link but it doesn't seem to connect to the pc. Thinking its because I have't purchased a copy of Virtualhere for the PC.
Virtualhere provides a free, single-device version, but the one included in the Link firmware is an expired beta. If you download the free version (generic ARM) from their website, put it on the link and run it manually you can test how things work.
Bilopete Nov 29, 2016 @ 4:33am 
Originally posted by thenevernow:
Originally posted by Bilopete:

Can you clarify whether I also have to purchase the Virtualhere software from Steam for the guitar to work on Link?

I downloaded the free client for the pc and set my guitar to virtualhere usb on the link but it doesn't seem to connect to the pc. Thinking its because I have't purchased a copy of Virtualhere for the PC.
Virtualhere provides a free, single-device version, but the one included in the Link firmware is an expired beta. If you download the free version (generic ARM) from their website, put it on the link and run it manually you can test how things work.

Looking at the website now there is a GUI version for ARM7-a and console only version for armhf. Which do I use and how do I install on the Link?
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