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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: 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.

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