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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: Will you guys ever be happy?
By afkrotch on 4/3/2008 12:21:34 PM , Rating: 2
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It's not like the PS3 cost them $150-200. It cost many people $400-500 and still costs at least $300.


Ya, when it came out, it cost Sony like $800 to make the PS3s and sell them for $200 off that price. It's cheaper to produce a PS3 now, but Sony still sells them below their manufacture costs. Something along the lines of $2.65 billion dollars lost for last fiscal year.

So exactly how is $300 a bad price compared to it's possible $800 price tag to manufacture?

Microsoft no longer sells their Xbox 360 at a loss and hasn't since about 4-5 months after the release of the Xbox 360. Much like Sony, game division is still in the red.


By FITCamaro on 4/3/2008 1:41:46 PM , Rating: 2
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Microsoft no longer sells their Xbox 360 at a loss and hasn't since about 4-5 months after the release of the Xbox 360.


You have no way to possibly know that. Are they taking as big a loss as Sony does? Most likely not. But that doesn't mean they're making money off the console sale as Nintendo is.

And where the hell do you see the PS3 for sale at $300. It's $400 for the 40GB model.


"So, I think the same thing of the music industry. They can't say that they're losing money, you know what I'm saying. They just probably don't have the same surplus that they had." -- Wu-Tang Clan founder RZA

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