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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: Don't really like 6axis & not paying $54
By Hiawa23 on 4/3/2008 11:46:47 AM , Rating: 2
I believe that there are several adapter that allow you to use your Dualshock on the PS3, and unless I've severely misread, vibration is usable through them.

This conversation is a year old, but it's been thoroughly investigated.

There's some good info there.

you must have misread, cause even with the adapters, which I have one, the PS2 controller doesn't vibrate when playing PS3 games...

By afkrotch on 4/3/2008 11:58:22 AM , Rating: 2
If the game lacks coding for the vibration, it's all a moot point. Sure Sony could create a patch for a product that's not created by Sony for old PS2 games. Sounds like a great idea for Sony or a great idea for another company to sue Sony's pants off for some type of infrigement.

Doubt Sony or Microsoft will ever create an adapter to utilize their old controller hardware for their new hardware. Doesn't make much business sense when they're both trying to push their new products.

By Vertigo101 on 4/3/2008 1:50:22 PM , Rating: 2
you must have misread, cause even with the adapters, which I have one, the PS2 controller doesn't vibrate when playing PS3 games...

That's purely up to the developers. For instance, they added rumble into Resistance. Works great.

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