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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 FITCamaro on 4/3/2008 1:47:17 PM , Rating: 1
Premium systems come with composite and component cables. Which are capable of carrying a 1080p signal. Your TV is to blame for not allowing HD resolutions over analog connections.

RE: Sony, How About a Trade In?
By afkrotch on 4/3/2008 2:07:36 PM , Rating: 2
My TV supports 1080i and has done so with my 360 Arcade (over HDMI and VGA) and PS3 (over component and HDMI). It's just that my Premium came with composite cables which aren't hybrid like the Premium models in the states. I also did not receive any component cables.

But thanks for thinking you know everything about every make/model/configuration of Xbox 360 SKUs for the varying countries around the world.

Also my TV happens to display my Xbox in 1080i over the VGA cables (aka an analog connection).

RE: Sony, How About a Trade In?
By poothedrew on 4/3/2008 2:24:13 PM , Rating: 2
Ya figured their must be some international issues with packaging when you talked about the origin of your machine.

Which is dumb a Premium should be the same everywhere. But companies are still stupid to the fact the people will talk about these things and get pissed off.

RE: Sony, How About a Trade In?
By afkrotch on 4/3/2008 2:48:33 PM , Rating: 2
Ya, was annoyed when I popped it open, connected it all up and no HD. Sure, could have gotten a US 360 Premium like my friends, but at double the cost and no way to play the game I originally purchased the 360 for.

Idolm@ster was costing me 200 yen a play (500 yen for 3 plays) at the arcade. Each play is roughly 4-5 mins. It's 1000 yen to start playing the game or to create a new idol. So $288 for the 360, 7500 yen for the game, and $50 for the Xbox Live Gold was worth the cost savings of driving 45 mins to the arcade (Tokyo traffic is killer) and then paying to play. Still ended up hitting the arcade though. My old arcade idols still needed some loving.

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