DualShock 3 Controller [PS3]

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The much anticipated DualShock 3 controller with RUMBLE is finally out in Japan. Only a matter of time until it gets released in North America -- but I may have to order from an import store like Play Asia as I'm an impatient fellow.


http://ps3.ign.com/articles/834/834387p1.html

Japan Gets Shocked
Impressions as we try out PS3 games with our new Dual Shock 3s
by Anoop Gantayat
November 10, 2007 - Sony's first major PS3 controller redesign hit Japan on Sunday as part of a one-year anniversary festival for the system that also consisted of the 40 gigabyte hardware revision, Ratchet & Clank Future, and Dynasty Warriors 6.

The Dual Shock 3 was in abundant supply when we toured the streets of Tokyo as a light rain began to fall Sunday morning. We were able to pick up a mix of black and white models totaling seven units in all, no questions asked (for hotter product here in Japan, retailers will often limit purchases to one per customer). Total bill: whatever 5,000 yen multiplied by seven plus the 7,800 yen price of Dynasty Warriors 6 is.

We were quick to open up a couple of the controllers to at last get some feedback from our PS3 units. The products ship without charge, so our first few game sessions were wired (using a spare USB cable we had laying around -- the controllers don't include a separate charging cable).


Our first target: that fabulous demo of Uncharted, of course! Naughty Dog has apparently had their Dual Shock tools for some time now, as the demo has full support. You can feel every jump, fall, gun shot and punch, with the controller put to particularly good use as Nathan's life level drops and his heart begins to beat.

We also tried out the rumble feature on a few of the latest releases. First up, Ratchet & Clank Future. It took us a while to actually figure out that the game was rumble compatible, as rumble appears to only be used when Ratchet incurs damage, or when giant explosions rock the environment. There's no rumble for when you fire your standard weapons. But maybe this is a good thing considering that you're constantly shooting.

Japanese developers are also incorporating rumble into their titles. Both Dark Mist and Toy Home, PlayStation Network downloadable titles from Game Republic that were released last week, have rumble. The latter title forces you to control your vehicle with the SIXAXIS and still manages to shake when you plow into larger obstacles. Guess all those "problems" with combining rumble and motion sensing that Sony alluded to at the SIXAXIS announcement were overcome.

The best rumble experience so far has to go to the Gran Turismo 5 Prologue demo. As great as the demo is without rumble, it really takes on a new level when you can physically feel your car accelerate. If you do manage to get an import version of the Dual Shock 3, we'd suggest trying out this demo first.


Just to make sure everything really is back to normal as far as the PlayStation controller family is concerned, we also put the Dual Shock 3 to the test on classic PlayStation and PlayStation 2 titles. Rumble was functional in our disk copy of Yakuza, and also worked in our downloaded copy of Crash Bandicoot 3. We haven't tried out the full lineup for compatibility, and Sony hasn't actually issued a formal statement on the matter, but this is a good sign.

So rumble is now back with the PlayStation brand. May it never go away again.


 

Plunkies

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I refuse to read. What does it do?
 

Bill Lehecka

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Welcome to 1998!

BTW, love my PS3... as a Blu-ray player...
 

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I'd like to have one, but not for $80 shipped. I've been without rumble for a year, a couple more months won't hurt.
 

Beeman99

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Welcome to 1998!

BTW, love my PS3... as a Blu-ray player...

wow, original comment, any other doozies that you want to throw out there.


and I love my PS3, it's starting to get the titles it needs to survive. The Wii won this gen, but I can see the PS3 starting to catch the 360 in monthly sales shortly.
 

Garyisajoke

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wow, original comment, any other doozies that you want to throw out there.


and I love my PS3, it's starting to get the titles it needs to survive. The Wii won this gen, but I can see the PS3 starting to catch the 360 in monthly sales shortly.
I was going to pile on Bill but I might have to turn on you, Beeman. PS3 has a lot of work to do to make up the lost ground.
 

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I was going to pile on Bill but I might have to turn on you, Beeman. PS3 has a lot of work to do to make up the lost ground.
the PS3 is a better machine, it's got the exact same games as the 360 minus that faggot Halo game, GoW, and Mass Effect. The only thing that the PS3 is lacking in right now is online
 

Garyisajoke

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the PS3 is a better machine, it's got the exact same games as the 360 minus that faggot Halo game, GoW, and Mass Effect. The only thing that the PS3 is lacking in right now is online
That's not the best argument, my friend. "Well, if it didn't have Live and a bunch of good games, it'd be just as good." But... it does have Live and a bunch of good games.


awwww.... I can't stay mad at you, Beeman. Where's that Beeman, Bill? Oh yeah, no one will get that.. oh well.
 

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It's also amazing on the ps3 now that the servers are fixed.

Killzone looks to kill socom, though.:)

Played the PS3 at GameStop for a bit and it most certainly does need the rumble back in the controllers. Games, especially the shooters, just don't feel right without it.
 

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Just picked up my DualShock 3 Sixaxis controller from the post office today. Gave it a quick run through with MotorStorm and the Gran Turismo Prologue demo.

And guess what? It vibrates. The controller is also a bit heavier than the original Sixaxis. That's not to say that it's heavy but more that the original Sixaxis felt too light. The outer plastic shell isn't that piano black shell so it doesn't slide around in my hand anymore and the tips of the analog sticks are also "grippier" and feel much better for more precise control.

I'm gonna give it a whirl on UT3 and Uncharted tonight after the Canucks/Devils game.
 

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UT3 supports rumble and it's awesome.

And I also decided to drive a faster car on GT5 Prologue (Nissan GT-R) and the controller was rumbling like a motherfucker during acceleration and driving over the track edges.

I didn't realize how much I missed the rumble feature until today. Now that it's back, I'm loving the PS3 that much more now. :)
 

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play-asia's got em for 59.99 plus S+H. i'm gonna be patient and wait for them to be released here in north america
 

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I don't see the huge rush to get a controller just because it vibrates..I might pick one up when SOCOM comes out because I will play the hell out of that but right now I only play the PS3 every so often..
 

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play-asia's got em for 59.99 plus S+H. i'm gonna be patient and wait for them to be released here in north america
Yeah, the only reason I bought the controller when I did was because at that time the US/Canadian $$$ exchange rate was at it's peak so it was like getting it on sale for a slight discount. :icon_mrgr