Rumbling controller support returns with "Ratchet" PlayStation 3 game

The latest PlayStation 3 firmware is out and about, but users won’t find it available yet on the PlayStation Network. Rather, the most up-to-date system software for Sony’s console is included in the recently released Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction, according to Shacknews.

Version 1.94 firmware adds support for rumbling force feedback controllers – a feature that many PlayStation fans and developers have been clamouring for even before the release of the PS3.

While the new force feedback DualShock 3 controllers won’t be available to western gamers until spring 2008, Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction along with a v1.94 PS3 are already capable of sending a vibrating signal.

After months of rumors following Sony’s settlement with Immersion, gamers waited for the announcement of a new PlayStation 3 controller that would bring vibration back into their hands. Sony eventually revealed the new DualShock 3 controller at the Tokyo Game Show 2007.

Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction won’t be the only game to ship with DualShock 3 support before the release of the actual hardware itself. This year’s other anticipated PlayStation 3 titles, such as Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune and Assassin’s Creed, will ship with rumble code. Current market games, like Resistance: Fall of Man and MotorStorm, will eventually see downloadable patches that add force feedback.

Gamers unwilling to go through the holiday season without directly feeling their games might want to explore importing a DualShock 3 from the land of the rising sun. Japanese gamers will receive their rumbling controllers in November in both black and white colors.

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