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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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This is fine
By BansheeX on 4/3/2008 11:37:15 AM , Rating: 2
I like the sixaxis for its lightness. Last fall, amazon had a sale where they were $20 a piece and I got four of them for a mere $80. That was a good deal and we may see clearance deals for them again. And upgrading to a dualshock controller only means that the sixaxis will be relegated for friends when they come over. Most people just don't stand to lose with this.

RE: This is fine
By michal1980 on 4/3/08, Rating: 0
RE: This is fine
By afkrotch on 4/3/2008 12:32:14 PM , Rating: 2
What I hate is the price of the Xbox 360 controller. $60 for a AA battery using controller. WTF is that? It's $80 if you buy the controller with rechargeable battery and play/charge cable.

Prefer the $50 price tag for the PS3 controller and another $5 for a USB cable. That or use the multiple non-proprietary USB standard cables from my other devices. One of my PS3 controllers uses the usb cable from my digicam, since I use the memory card reader in my comp or in my PS3 to pull down pictures.

RE: This is fine
By poothedrew on 4/3/2008 2:35:07 PM , Rating: 2
There are advantages and disadvantages to both approaches.

I have 4 controllers but one play and charge kit and extra batteries so the cost is spread over them all.

But, when my controller dies I can just pull a charged battery out of another controller and still be in my game. If I take it to a buddies how I can just use regular batteries.

The removable batter concept is nice, and from my experience lasts longer than the sixaxis.

I really don’t like the weight and feel of the sixaxis I find the 360 controller MUCH more ergonomic especially for shooters. I like the heft. But I really like how Sony has made everything USB not proprietary.

RE: This is fine
By afkrotch on 4/3/2008 3:20:08 PM , Rating: 2
I have 4 wireless 360 controllers and 2 wired (bad designed early version 360s has me with extra wired controllers, extra power bricks, and extra consoles), and it gets costly to buy the play and charge kit and batteries. When I'm gaming alone, I just grab another controller and play away. I keep them all connected to my server, so they are always charged.

Oddly enough my PS3 controllers are connected to my 360 to stay charged. That way I don't have to reach behind to get them off my server.

Been wondering contemplating using my spare AC Zune power adapter and connecting a USB hub to it and connect all my controllers to that. If it'd push enough power out.

For me 360 is too heavy, Six too light. Hope Sony implements rumble the same way as on the 360. Where you turn it off through the OS and not in each game setting saves.

RE: This is fine
By AlphaVirus on 4/3/2008 3:40:37 PM , Rating: 2
You can probably find this somewhere on the interwebs, does the PS3's sixaxis or 360's remote last longer? I guess it would really depend on what type of battery you use in the 360 remote.

The main thing I like about the sixaxis over the 360mote is that you can charge at anytime, anywhere, no matter what. You can play a game, watch a movie, playing music, etc and you can just tap the PS3 button to check the status of the battery charge. I have seen some rechargeable battery stations that show recharge progress but its more of a guessing game.

Also it gets confusing when you bring your 360mote to a friends house, and you want to make sure you leave out with your 'good' batteries. Everyone has to open the battery pack and compare and its just an added step that you soon forget with the sixaxis. I do not know whos sixaxis I have at my house since they are all 99% similar.

RE: This is fine
By Ashrac on 4/3/2008 12:28:05 PM , Rating: 2
I'm with you. I don't even like rumble, and again, I love how light the sixaxis is, even compared to the old ps2 ones.

I had a logitech wireless ps2 controller, and that thing was heavy! Took 4 or 6 AA batteries, and even without them, it weighed a ton.

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