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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 Aloonatic on 4/3/2008 9:31:12 AM , Rating: 0
you beat me to it!

i was foolish enough to buy a PS3 with extra controller near launch time and it cost me over £500.

i am big enough to admit i was a silly for doing that but they really have let us (early) PS3 buying peeps (read: fools) down.

when i got my xBox back in the day it came down in price by £100 or so within a year and MS kindly sent through the equivalent amount of stuff (new controller etc) to make up for it.

Nothing like that from Sony.

i really should have gone with xBox from the start, but i held out till he Elite came out in the UK.

I feel I have been ripped off (I know, my fault and I have learn;'t my lesson) the least they can do is try to help out more than offering me a Blue Ray copy of Casino Royal.

Still, I have had my revenge: X series Toshiba TV and Nokia phone instead of the Bravia and w960i is was intending to get :D

RE: Sony, How About a Trade In?
By Aloonatic on 4/3/08, Rating: 0
By TheSpaniard on 4/3/2008 9:43:31 AM , Rating: 2
well Im a launch owner... *hug*

don't worry :) things can only get better.... right?

RE: Sony, How About a Trade In?
By Hiawa23 on 4/3/2008 9:47:17 AM , Rating: 2
not that anyone really cares, but for the record my TVs a Z series Tosh :-s

Whilst I'm here, is there a support group for early adopters of the PS3?

I need somewhere where i can stand up and say;

"my name's Aloonatic and I bought a PS3 near release"

then get a hug of the person next to me. They are the only people who understand my pain :)

i'm still taking it a day at a time :-s

utter nonsense & really not worth repsonding to..

I uderstand about the lawsuit, but don't come out & say no one wants rumble or it's so last gen, then come out now like it's something new & worthy of $54.

By i3arracuda on 4/3/2008 9:48:41 AM , Rating: 1
No one is forcing you to buy it.

RE: Sony, How About a Trade In?
By Aloonatic on 4/3/2008 9:51:59 AM , Rating: 2
i agree with you on all counts, yet you still responded :-s

you really should try to lighten up a bit.

my comment was only a light hearted on and not worth getting too vexed about :)

i got a hug for you too if you want one?

By TheSpaniard on 4/3/2008 9:54:00 AM , Rating: 2
I think he might have wanted to respond to me further down the page...

By TheSpaniard on 4/3/2008 9:52:10 AM , Rating: 2
their plan might have been to overlook rumble and then everyone kicked and screamed until they said ok...

god damn sony is retarded! they should have played fair from the begining and this wouldn't have been a problem

RE: Sony, How About a Trade In?
By afkrotch on 4/3/2008 11:51:20 AM , Rating: 4
Back in the day when the Xbox 360 had a 33% failure rate? Ya, think you'd be singing a different tune, if you purchased a 360 back in the day.

Course not sure exactly what you feel about getting ripped off with? Please explain.

Back in the day I bought a 360 Premium and PS3. Both bought in Jan 06.

360 Premium ($288 USD)
20 gig hdd
non-HD capable cables (go figure that one)

PS3 60 gig ($411 USD)
60 gig hdd
memory card readers
wireless ethernet
non-HD capable cables (again...go figure)

Both of mine are Japanese models, bought while I was living in Japan. So significantly lower cost for me. The PS3 has a higher price, but hey. Has wireless and a blu-ray drive.

I know I sure as hell didn't get anything from Microsoft the multiple times they created new revisions. Didn't get a new 360 when they swapped to a quieter dvd-rom drive. Didn't get one when they did it again. No new one when they updated the heatsink design. Nor when they added HDMI. They never made any new changes to their controllers (cept color or skin), so why'd they send you a new controller is beyond me.

Not sure why you think Sony is letting you down on being an early adopter. Shoot the 1st 60 gig model has more functionality than the current 80 gig models. Also almost 2 years of use on the current controller. I sure as hell wouldn't give you any money or a free controller. Now maybe if you bought a controller or PS3 console within the announcment of the Dual Shock 3, I would provide a step-up program for a replacement controller or a cost savings.

Would also replace Sixaxis controllers that have broken and are in for warranty replacement with a new Dual Shock 3.

Anyone who thinks Sony should up and give ppl a new controller after almost 2 years of use and still works fine is a moron. Should a car company replace everyone's currently working car cause a new model comes out? Dumbest thing I have heard today.

RE: Sony, How About a Trade In?
By daftrok on 4/3/2008 11:57:37 AM , Rating: 2
The Playstation 3 was released in Japan on November 11, 2006. Perhaps you mean Jan 2007? Or did you mean January 6th of this year?

RE: Sony, How About a Trade In?
By afkrotch on 4/3/2008 12:10:37 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry about that. I meant Jan 2007. I bought it because of the release of Armored Core 4. Bought the 360 for the release of Idolm@ster.

Yes, I'm the type of person who will buy a console just for a game. Shoot, in Feb 2008, I bought a US 360 for Eternal Sonata. I was hoping it would have been one of those regionally unlocked type of games, but nope.

Looking at replacing my Japanese 360. I still fear the failure rates, as it's only a 2nd revision model. Looking at the newer HMDI ones, as the US 360 with HDMI seems fairly stable.

But, when your 360 looks like this...
It's a big decision to swap and have to remod.

RE: Sony, How About a Trade In?
By poothedrew on 4/3/2008 1:08:12 PM , Rating: 2
"Non HD-Capable cables" ?

My 360 came with component cables each cable carries 400 lines of resolution. Me thinks 1200 lines is HD but hey that's me.

RE: Sony, How About a Trade In?
By afkrotch on 4/3/2008 1:35:47 PM , Rating: 2
My 360 Premium (Japanese) came with composite cables and it won't allow me to put it on 720p or higher. My 2nd 360 Core (Japanese) had composite. My 3rd 360 Blue Dragon Edition (Japanese) had composite. My 4th 360 Arcade (USA) had composite.

Maybe the Premium in the states were always using those composite/component hybrid cables, I don't know. All I know is I forked out another $40 for the VGA cables cause those composite suck.

RE: Sony, How About a Trade In?
By FITCamaro on 4/3/2008 1:47:17 PM , Rating: 1
Premium systems come with composite and component cables. Which are capable of carrying a 1080p signal. Your TV is to blame for not allowing HD resolutions over analog connections.

RE: Sony, How About a Trade In?
By afkrotch on 4/3/2008 2:07:36 PM , Rating: 2
My TV supports 1080i and has done so with my 360 Arcade (over HDMI and VGA) and PS3 (over component and HDMI). It's just that my Premium came with composite cables which aren't hybrid like the Premium models in the states. I also did not receive any component cables.

But thanks for thinking you know everything about every make/model/configuration of Xbox 360 SKUs for the varying countries around the world.

Also my TV happens to display my Xbox in 1080i over the VGA cables (aka an analog connection).

RE: Sony, How About a Trade In?
By poothedrew on 4/3/2008 2:24:13 PM , Rating: 2
Ya figured their must be some international issues with packaging when you talked about the origin of your machine.

Which is dumb a Premium should be the same everywhere. But companies are still stupid to the fact the people will talk about these things and get pissed off.

RE: Sony, How About a Trade In?
By afkrotch on 4/3/2008 2:48:33 PM , Rating: 2
Ya, was annoyed when I popped it open, connected it all up and no HD. Sure, could have gotten a US 360 Premium like my friends, but at double the cost and no way to play the game I originally purchased the 360 for.

Idolm@ster was costing me 200 yen a play (500 yen for 3 plays) at the arcade. Each play is roughly 4-5 mins. It's 1000 yen to start playing the game or to create a new idol. So $288 for the 360, 7500 yen for the game, and $50 for the Xbox Live Gold was worth the cost savings of driving 45 mins to the arcade (Tokyo traffic is killer) and then paying to play. Still ended up hitting the arcade though. My old arcade idols still needed some loving.

By poothedrew on 4/3/2008 1:47:50 PM , Rating: 2
My Premium (Canadian) came with with component, HD out of the box.

Tough luck for you.

RE: Sony, How About a Trade In?
By glitchc on 4/3/2008 5:03:52 PM , Rating: 1
You bought a PS3 two months after release (Jan 07) for $411??

I call bullshit.

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