This post refers to the Original Version of Rocksmith. NOT Rocksmith 2014.
Still a couple of weeks until the official release, but it sounds like Ubisoft's demo/Beta pre-release of Rocksmith for the PC is getting generally favorable reviews. Evidently Ubi is using Steam as a distribution mechanism, but I think you can pre-order the actual software directly from Ubisoft or through retailers. There have been some download issues, but that may have a lot to do with the huge size of the demo/Beta file - 12Gb. Comments on the Ubisoft/RS forum make Steam sound like an attractive option which provides some back-up and auto-updating capabilities as well as possibly some cool online data-keeping features.
Read the comments on the Rocksmith forum here:
The general consensus seems to be that the PC version loads much faster than the XBox/PS3 console versions. This is huge! The amount of time needed to start Rocksmith on my XBox can be agonizing. Sometimes I'd just like to run through a couple of phrases in Riff Repeater or play a quick game of Scale Runner. But, by the time the game loads and I'm actually playing, I've run out of time. Faster load/start times would be a big incentive to buy the PC version. (Assuming you leave your computers booted up and running all the time like I do.)
Comments also indicate that RS runs very nicely on PCs in general. I would expect the wide variation in PC set-ups to generate an equally wide variety of tech issues, but it's encouraging that most comments are favorable. Sounds like most demo users report Rocksmith displays smooth as silk on monitors.
Many of the most enthusiastic comments on the PC version have come from PS3 users. Some XBox users have also mentioned an improvement in performance. But, I'm very glad I went with the XBox platform last Christmas when I was trying to decide between XBox and PS3. Seems like PS3 users have had lots of trouble running RS on their consoles.
Loss of DLC?
The one nagging issue which Ubisoft has apparently declined to address so far is whether DLC purchased for XBox/PS3 consoles will be usable on the PC version. For loyal players who have purchased most of the 70 DLC songs offered to date, not being able to use those songs on the PC version would represent a significant loss. I have only bought 15 DLC songs and this issue is keeping me from buying the PC version. It's also preventing me from buying more DLC, just in case I do decide to buy the PC versions. Ubisoft should address this ASAP.
One thing that will force me to at least consider buying the PC version is that I could install it on a laptop and play Rocksmith just about anywhere that I'm willing to carry a guitar. And, I could still play on my home theatre system just like I do now by simply plugging the laptop into my TV and amp/tuner. A very intriquing possibility.
Wonder if I could sell my XBox console for enough to replace my DLC collection. . .