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I was in Japan and I had to get a white DualShock 3

Happy new year everyone! I’ve been away from the site for the past little while as I was off having some fun in Japan. Of course, I never return from Japan without a few neat toys that aren’t yet available in North America.

Not able to wait until whenever SCEA decides to release the DualShock 3 controller in North America, I grabbed one dressed in sharp-looking ceramic white. Getting vibration force-feedback back is a pretty big deal for me. In fact, I held off playing Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune until after getting a DualShock 3 since the game fully supports rumble.

After putting the first few hours into Uncharted (which is most excellent) and the Burnout Paradise demo, the return of rumble added an extra layer to the overall experience. To be fair, a vibrating controller doesn’t add to the level of immersion as other force feedback technologies – such as a motor-controlled steering wheel – but it certainly returns an extra output for the gamer to interpret.

Prior to its settlement with Immersion, Sony called vibration a last-generation technology. While the return of rumble great for the PlayStation 3, the overall feel of the rumble is decidedly similar the previous-gen DualShock 2 for the PS2. Those expecting some improved level of rumble will be disappointed, as the DualShock 3’s vibration (as least how it’s been implemented in the games tested) feels less strong than that found in the Xbox 360 controller.

Regardless of vibration strength, the DualShock 3 successfully brings back gameplay-improving features that help provide the gamer with another source of information – such as when getting hit or driving on a certain surface.

I’m not able to comment on the vibration motors’ effect on battery life yet, but the added hardware does add an extra heft to the controller that makes it feel more substantial than the SIXAXIS.

It’s puzzling why Sony chose to release the DualShock 3 in Japan so much earlier than in North America and Europe (both slated for a Spring 2008 release), but it’s impending arrival makes the current SIXAXIS an undesirable accessory. If you can find an import source at a reasonable price, it’s worth considering.

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yeah i have one too
By andrewrocks on 1/7/2008 3:59:29 AM , Rating: 2
i got mine from playasia along with gt5 prologue

definitely a lot of fun, i am so glad it works with gt5.

if you notice on the battery, it's 300Ma vs 30Ma on the normal sixaxis.

RE: yeah i have one too
By Marcus Yam on 1/7/2008 4:25:11 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I grabbed GT5P as well. I still wonder why I didn't just buy that straight from the PSN though.

RE: yeah i have one too
By andrewrocks on 1/7/2008 4:52:21 AM , Rating: 2
is/was that possible?

i tried registering on the Japanese psn... for someone who can't read it, i found it to be quite difficult. Who would've thought?

RE: yeah i have one too
By Marcus Yam on 1/7/2008 6:29:23 AM , Rating: 2
Well, if I have the option to go for a boxed copy, that's usually the one I take. I own the Warhawk disc and also specifically waited an extra day to buy the Orange Box (for PC) in stores.

I love digital distribution, but I love holding the original box art as well. :P

RE: yeah i have one too
By Brockway on 1/7/2008 6:30:59 AM , Rating: 2
You either need a credit card with a japanese address or a japan psn card to buy stuff of that store. Which reminds me, I need to pick up some psn cards while I'm here...

RE: yeah i have one too
By tallcool1 on 1/7/2008 9:26:13 AM , Rating: 3
Does it still have SIXAXIS motion support as previously mentioned?

RE: yeah i have one too
By mmntech on 1/7/2008 12:52:19 PM , Rating: 2
It should according to other sources I read.

I personally don't miss the rumble feature in the Sixaxis. Since I skipped out on the last generation for PC gaming, you get used to gaming without it. Still, I welcome the DS3. Hopefully Sony will get their backsides in gear and throw North American PS3 owners a bone. When it comes to new Playstation stuff, we seem to get left out in favour or early releases in Europe and Japan. I'd dying for that PSP TV tuner and the GPS unit to hit American shores.

RE: yeah i have one too
By andrewrocks on 1/7/2008 1:07:59 PM , Rating: 2

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