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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 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

"Intel is investing heavily (think gazillions of dollars and bazillions of engineering man hours) in resources to create an Intel host controllers spec in order to speed time to market of the USB 3.0 technology." -- Intel blogger Nick Knupffer
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