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The DualShock 3 is the PlayStation 3 controller of the future

Force feedback vibration controllers are nearly within the grasp of North American PlayStation 3 gamers. Announced at last year’s Tokyo Games Show, the DualShock 3 released November 11 in Japan. Gamers elsewhere resorted to import solutions in order to experience the good vibrations not felt since the PlayStation 2 days.

The DualShock 3 will hit U.S. retail on April 15, near the release of Gran Turismo 5 Prologue, which supports rumble feedback. SCEA announced in February that the DualShock 3 will retail at $54.99, or $5 more than the current SIXAXIS controller.

Although Sony appears to have little problem maintaining multiple different SKUs for its consoles, it has no intention of keeping two controller models on the market. Speaking to MTV, a Sony representative said, “Sixaxis will no longer be offered after it’s completely sold through at retail (likely by the summer timeframe).”

One interesting thing to take away from the Sony statement is that a new 40GB PS3 console package will be on its way perhaps as soon as summer. As the current 40GB model includes a SIXAXIS controller, Sony will have to at the very least revise its current bundle to incorporate the newer DualShock 3.

The DualShock 3 controller will be officially a part of new consoles this June, with the introduction of the Metal Gear Solid 4 package which will include the game, 80GB PlayStation 3 and controller.

4/3/08 Update: Gamers are reporting that that local retailers, such as GameStop and Best Buy, have begun receiving early shipments of DualShock 3 controllers and are permitted to sell immediately.

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RE: Sony, How About a Trade In?
By pomaikai on 4/3/2008 9:28:26 AM , Rating: 3
Thats what you get for being an early adopter. Oh wait, PS3 has been out for quite a while now. Maybe you should of waited a couple years until they finally figure out what hardware gamers want. Sorry, couldnt help bush bash them. It seems like all they do is modify the hardware every couple months.

RE: Sony, How About a Trade In?
By afkrotch on 4/3/2008 11:02:42 AM , Rating: 4
Ya, so different from Xbox 360, that has had to modify their hardware every couple of months to fix issues that QC should have found to begin with.

But hey, 3 broken Xbox 360s later and one perfectly fine PS3. So I don't have rumble. Better than having 3 broken PS3s. I can live with $55 for a new controller, which haven't seen a need to bother with rumble.

RE: Sony, How About a Trade In?
By Inkjammer on 4/3/2008 11:04:36 AM , Rating: 2
I'm fully aware of the consequences to being an early adopter. I own over a dozen HD-DVDs. Enough said.

Still, Sony's attitude towards the inclusion of rumble control is what bothers me. For a company to come out and say "You don't need it" and then turn around and say "Yes, you do need it!" is offputtingly stupid.

RE: Sony, How About a Trade In?
By VIAN on 4/3/2008 11:29:55 AM , Rating: 2
Did you expect anything different from Sony?

Rumble is nice, but I love how light the SIXAXIS is.

RE: Sony, How About a Trade In?
By mles1551 on 4/3/2008 12:51:52 PM , Rating: 2
I fully agree about the weight of the SIXAXIS.

I have no use for rumble and even less use for the SIXAXIS motion control, but I love the fact that it doesn't feel like I'm holding a brick while I'm yelling BOOM! Headshot!! at the TV.

RE: Sony, How About a Trade In?
By FITCamaro on 4/3/2008 1:36:22 PM , Rating: 2
while I'm yelling BOOM! Headshot!! at the TV

You could just not do that and spare the rest of us.

RE: Sony, How About a Trade In?
By rhuarch on 4/3/2008 12:02:48 PM , Rating: 2
I just don't understand why everyone is so mad at Sony. I bought my PS3 about 3 months ago and I am extremely happy with it. Instead of buying too soon I almost waited too long. By the time I was ready to buy, the SKUs with ps2 compatibility had been discontinued and the only place I could get the 80gig new was on Amazon. Right now I am still burning through the last of the PS2 RPGs I hadn't beaten, but the PS3 has become essentially a media PC in our living room. I have ripped all my DVDs to high quality MP4s and keep them on a server running Tversity. now I can watch any movie in my library just by choosing it from a list on my PS3. In addition to movies Tversity streams and transcodes internet videos, so I even watch a lot of my favorite TV shows through the PS3. And I will definitely be buying a Dual shock eventually. Granted I could probably do most of this (minus PS2 compatibility) with a 360 and I will probably get one eventually when they have sorted out their QA issues (there are some really tempting games for the 360) but that is no reason to hate Sony. The PS3 has less than a 1% failure rate while the 360's is around 30%. Not only that but it has come to light that Microsoft knew about the quality problems before they went gold but ignored them to get the one year drop on Sony. Why doesn't anyone ever mention that? The truth is, Sony and Microsoft are both trying to make money, and both chose strategies that involved a certain amount of duplicity, but it seems to me that Microsoft has been much more dishonest than Sony in this generation of consoles.

RE: Sony, How About a Trade In?
By afkrotch on 4/3/2008 12:36:32 PM , Rating: 2
You're quoting old failure rate numbers. The new Falcons aren't so bad. As long as your 360 has HDMI, you'll be good to go, for the most part.

Sony duped you into a non-rumble controller. Microsoft duped you into buying a console with roughly 33% failure rate. (Both at release of course) You pick which one is worse.

RE: Sony, How About a Trade In?
By deeznuts on 4/3/2008 2:30:26 PM , Rating: 2
A non rumble controller that still works I might add ...

Quit cryin everyone, do what I did. Buy a DS3, leave the sixaxis for your friends when they come over. Problem solved. I have 3 controllers. I use one, the DS3 I imported last year, and when friends come over they get the Six.

RE: Sony, How About a Trade In?
By afkrotch on 4/3/2008 2:39:04 PM , Rating: 2
I'll probably get a couple DS3s for those who come over, unless I like the additional weight and it isn't cumbersome to turn off rumble.

I don't like the brick weight of the Xbox 360 controller and I feel the Six is too light. Maybe the DS3 will be the perfect inbetween.

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