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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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By i3arracuda on 4/3/2008 11:21:14 AM , Rating: 2
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I think the dissatisfaction is with Sony's lies and that the Dual Shock 3 controller could have been in place from day 1 if not for Sony being sued for patent infringement.

It's not like the PS3 cost them $150-200. It cost many people $400-500 and still costs at least $300.


And yet, those people still chose to buy one. Despite a lack of titles, despite a lack of rumble, people still chose to spend $600+ on a PS3 at launch.

Should they get a $100 rebate check from Sony, since they slashed the price so soon after release? Should they get a new DS3 as a trade-in for their old SIXAXIS?

Should Sony replace all my HD-DVD titles?

Reading the comments to this article, apparently so. Personal accountability is dead. We (Americans) live in the land of the free and the home of the handout, and no one is willing to go to bed without dessert.


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