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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 daftrok on 4/3/2008 2:19:17 PM , Rating: 2
Its that stupid nVidia comment that's confusing them. But I'm surprised at how pissed people got over the whole rumble thing. Yeah its great its back but they simply COULD NOT have done it at launch. Why? They didn't feel like paying Immersion 150 million bucks just to make your controller shake.

They had bigger fish to fry, like solving the whole battery issue, deal with the laser diode problems, getting some games released. I mean, at least they had the critical things down, like built in hard drive and HDMI out for the Blu ray player and NOT BREAKING.

I say its better late then never. These are the issues they have solved since launch:

1) Rumble Controller
2) All selling consoles have wireless/HDMI out/HDD
3) Dropped price
4) 1080p upscaling of all video, including PS1 and PS2 games
5) Divx support along with other video/audio/picture formats
6) Nearly full support for any USB camera/mouse/keyboard/webcam/external HDD
7) Blu ray 2.0

And now they are fixing the PSN network and will be coming out with Home, hopefully bridging the gap between PSN and XBL.

RE: Sony, How About a Trade In?
By afkrotch on 4/3/2008 2:34:18 PM , Rating: 3
There's also the integration between PSP and PS3.

For my 360, I happen to just lose features. I created a US Xbox Live account and threw in my Microsoft Points, just in time for them to stop allowing those outside the US from downloading TV shows and movies. I ended up having to waste the points on random arcade games.

I prefer the PS3s more open nature, than the Xbox 360s closed nature. Can't even transfer mp3s off a usb key to the hard drive on the 360. That's become pretty moot, since I've gotten a Zune though. My usb key is pretty tiny and required me to pull the faceplate off to get it out or use pliers to pry if out from the back. Would have been nice to throw the mp3s onto the hard drive.

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