One feature that is sorely missing from the PlayStation 3
SIXAXIS controller is rumble force feedback – something that is available on
both the Xbox 360 and Wii controllers.
The missing feature is largely due to Sony’s legal battle
with Immersion over the patent rights to force feedback controllers. Immersion
over the courts, forcing Sony to ditch vibration from its SIXAXIS PS3
#verything changed when Sony and Immersion settled
their legal differences and entered into a licensing agreement that would
allow the use of force feedback technology in Sony controller products.
Following the announcement between the two companies, SCEA’s Jack Tretton said
in an interview that the company was open to changing the SIXAXIS
Reports during June from Sony sources said that the company
has been working on
new controller prototypes for several months. A recent update from Inner
Bits now indicates that prototypes of the new controller have made
their way to various game developers. Furthermore, the report also states that
a new hardware revision of the controller – with improved motion sensing – has quietly
hit the market, replacing the first generation model.
A Sony representative refused to confirm the status of rumbling
controllers, but did say that new controller prototypes were sent out to the
development community. "We have not added rumble [to PS3], and have no
announcements regarding this feature," said SCEA’s Dave Karraker to GamePro.
"From time to time, we make minor enhancements to the
controllers for our platforms," he said. "We recently sent out to the
development community some new prototypes that have a slightly enhanced sensitivity
for the analog sticks and the motion sensing within the Sixaxis controller. This
is not a new controller, but is part of the normal development and evolution of