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Sony confirms new Dual Shock controller

Sony confirms new Dual Shock controller

The new Sony PlayStation 3 controller - just like the old one, but it can't sit still.

So, the PlayStation 3 controller has finally come full circle it seems. After going through all manner of design innovations, including the 'boomerang' and the 'PS3 Ball', Sony finally settled on just using an old PS2 controller but cut the wires off of it.

However, after a few complications involving a patent war to see just who owned the rights to the Dual Shock technology, the PS3 controller had to forfeit the rumble technology as well.

Now, while we have our own dark theories about what went on in the background of that patent struggle, the end result was that Sony was left with a controller that now seemed more than a little out of date - with neither Dual Shock or an improved design.

The addition of the SixAxis motion sensitive technology could have done something to address this of course but unfortunately many gamers saw this as a quick attempt on Sonys part to copy the success of Nintendo. We could argue that point until the cows come home, but it would be getting a little off topic.

Anywho, recent rumours have been circulating ever since a podcast done by the fellows over at 1-Up which states that Sony will be unveiling a new version of the PS3 controller at the upcoming Tokyo Game Show - a controller complete with Dual Shock.

The Dual Shock technology has proven a little problematic for Sony, who has been rumoured to be working on a controller update for a while now. The main problem has apparently been trying to cram both the Dual Shock and SixAxis gadgetry into the old controller shell while still keeping the controller wireless.

It remains to be seen whether Sony can make good on these rumours and actually bring the PS3 controller back to life, but in the mean time you can always discuss the issue on the forums and let us know what your favourite game controller of all time is.

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riggs 18th September 2007, 12:16 Quote
So, is this just gonna be the same controller with the rumble added, or are they actually planning a redesign this time round?
Darkedge 18th September 2007, 12:35 Quote
lets hope they actually progress the controller on in other ways, the dualshock shape is just <i>nasty</i> to your hands.
p3n 18th September 2007, 12:55 Quote
How is dual shock and 6 axis going to play nice Oo
blackberry 18th September 2007, 13:05 Quote
Well at least it might add some weight to it so i stop almost launching it half way across the room.
mikeuk2004 18th September 2007, 13:06 Quote
Now its time to get a PS3 when the new packs come out with rumble. As long as they bring out a rumble and force feedback wheel that works with the next F1 game or they issue a download to enable rumble in the current f1 game. ill be happy. :)
ssj12 18th September 2007, 18:02 Quote
I hope the new controllers have both, I like the SixAxiS controls. Especially in Warhawk.
devdevil85 18th September 2007, 20:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by blackberry
Well at least it might add some weight to it so i stop almost launching it half way across the room.
I like how the controllers are lightweight; it's easier to hold in my hands. Also, the Sixaxis is not a rip-off from the Wii. It's like calling the original Xbox rumble controller a rip-off of the PS2 Dual Shock or vice versa when all it is is a basic, desired feature that everyone wants to enhance the playback of their console. Also, the Wii is built around its motion sensing technology vs. the Sixaxis is just an added feature (if allowed ) to assist in enhancing playback.

Anyways, rumble in the PS3 controller is very good news because that's like the 2nd main reason why most of my friends dislike the PS3 and I honestly think it's pathetic because you honestly don't need it to game, but don't get me wrong: it was expected, so it's about time.
CardJoe 18th September 2007, 21:43 Quote
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Originally Posted by devdevil85
I like how the controllers are lightweight; it's easier to hold in my hands. Also, the Sixaxis is not a rip-off from the Wii. It's like calling the original Xbox rumble controller a rip-off of the PS2 Dual Shock or vice versa when all it is is a basic, desired feature that everyone wants to enhance the playback of their console. Also, the Wii is built around its motion sensing technology vs. the Sixaxis is just an added feature (if allowed ) to assist in enhancing playback.

Anyways, rumble in the PS3 controller is very good news because that's like the 2nd main reason why most of my friends dislike the PS3 and I honestly think it's pathetic because you honestly don't need it to game, but don't get me wrong: it was expected, so it's about time.

You're half right - but I still reckon they kind of added it in to be fashionable, like phones are now doing with touchscreens. There's only a little shame in it though - id did the same thing by adding a manipulator into Doom 3:ROE soon after Half-Life 2 introduced the physics gun. Of course, they then claimed they invented it first and that they used it to fling debris around in Doom 3 levels in order to decorate them. I don't buy that for a second.
DougEdey 18th September 2007, 21:47 Quote
Also the only game I've seen that uses 6-axis significantly is Lair, and lots of people complain about it.
devdevil85 18th September 2007, 23:32 Quote
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Originally Posted by DougEdey
Also the only game I've seen that uses 6-axis significantly is Lair, and lots of people complain about it.
yet lots of people love it, but that's of course w/ limited #'s and personally I've never played the game so I can only speculate/*expect the worst, hope for the best*
sandys 19th September 2007, 00:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by CardJoe
You're half right - but I still reckon they kind of added it in to be fashionable, like phones are now doing with touchscreens. There's only a little shame in it though - id did the same thing by adding a manipulator into Doom 3:ROE soon after Half-Life 2 introduced the physics gun. Of course, they then claimed they invented it first and that they used it to fling debris around in Doom 3 levels in order to decorate them. I don't buy that for a second.

I doubt it was just because it was fashionable, Sony patented a motion controller years ago , its probably got to the point where it can be implemented cheap enough to to throw in for next to nothing, there is motion stuff on Playstation and has been for years though done in a different manner like via eyetoy where it tracks your body movement rather than use a controller so its not like motion tracking is new to PS product.

Rumble and Sixaxis will be fine, you can see a varient of it running on PS1 with original Warhawk, SIXAXIS will probably just need some sensitivity adjustment.

http://www.psmpodcast.com/?p=12

For me personally I've never seen rumble as a big deal so I won't be rushing out to buy additional controllers unless there are some definate improvements to the controller like the analog tweaks that are supposed to be coming soon.

Force feedback wheel B) a shaking controller :?
Bladestorm 19th September 2007, 02:00 Quote
Anyone else having this mental image of the japanese and north american PS3 deals being updated with the new controller and the E.U. deal going up to including four "classic" ones ?
CardJoe 19th September 2007, 08:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bladestorm
Anyone else having this mental image of the japanese and north american PS3 deals being updated with the new controller and the E.U. deal going up to including four "classic" ones ?

Yep.
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