PS3 Dual shock – Local review

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By evilredzombie


Last week I got my hands on a ceramic white PS3 dual shock 3.

When the PS3 was announced without “dual shock “or “rumble “capabilities it caused an outrage among PS3 gamers. Sony’s answer to this was that vibration in a controller is last generation and the Sixaxis is the way to go. The actual facts where that Sony was in a patent dispute with Immersion the company that developed the “Rumble “technology. After a long battle Sony has settled their disputes. With the little bit of history out the way lets go on to the review

The Dual shock 3 is still connected via Bluetooth with the alternative of wired by means of USB connection as was the Sixaxis. The Dual shock 3 was released in Japan in November 2007, April 2008 in America and is set for a June release in Europe. As per a previous article by we are not entirely sure of a set date for S.A.

The look and feel
The Dual shock 3 controller looks precisely like the Sixaxis controller apart from a finicky little “Dual shock 3” print on the front. When picking up the controller you become aware of the 1st difference, the weight. The dual shock 3 is considerably heavier than the Sixaxis and that is something I am exceptionally thrilled about.

You are required to download Firmware update 1.94 or higher via PSN to enable the “rumble” feature on your PS3.Thsi should not be too much of a problem as we are currently on Version 2.20. Most new games will be compatible with the “rumble” however certain older games will require an extra software update. If not already installed these patches will update the particular title to enable you to feel the vibration. Some of these include Resistance: Fall of Man, Motorstorm, Unreal tournament 3 and various others. Personally I could not get resistance to work with the new function, even after re installing the patch twice. For a complete list of compatible games go to

The Dual shock 3 is stil powered by an internal and non replaceable Lithium-ion battery. It is also still charged via the same type of USB cable (not included) as the Sixaxis. I have not yet been able to see the full battery life; however it seems to be in par with the battery life of the Sixaxis.

My Final word
A clear-cut must have! With the extra weight added it feels not as much of a toy. The “Rumble” makes for an improved gaming experience and we stil have the added bonus of tilt technology. As with the Sixaxis there is pretty decent pressure sensitivity. All these factors just affirms that the Dual shock 3 is a must have essential part of the PS3 gaming system. The 1st crash in Motorstorm made me realise how much I missed this functionality.

On the down: 
The design feels out-of-date compared to the controller of the Xbox 360.

Triggers feel less responsive and tire your fingers more compared to the controller of the Xbox 360

Till next time kids


Last Updated: April 8, 2008

Gavin Mannion

I for one welcome our future robotic overlords

  • Oh boy, those downsides are gonna cause a flamewar! *duck*

  • kay

    Are these going to be bundled with new PS3s sold at some point in the future?

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  • Milesh Bhana ZA

    eventually the PS3s will be bundled with Dual Shock 3.

    As for the flamebait inducing comments, well what did you people expect ? Dual Shock 3 = PS2 controller with one or 2 minor changes and motion sensor. There were none/minor ergonomic improvements. So if you prefered the 360 controller before DS3, you still will, and vice versa.

  • SlippyMadFrog

    What strike me here is that evilredzombie wrote the review, a die hard PS3 supporter. Respect for keeping the review fair and honest.

  • Milesh Bhana ZA

    evilredzombie, what did importing the controller set u back in total anyway ?

    also you mentioned that it was ceramic white, do you get ceramic white PS3s yet ?

  • Abe

    White, bleh, I think thats half of what turns me off the xbox controller!

  • SlippyMadFrog

    Abe, you’re a Racist!!!

  • hilt_ctn

    My import cost R529 incl shipping at a time when the regular sixaxis was R499. You can get them from some locals in the PS3 forums now

    Tell you what. SK best wake up before their entire market erodes due to imports. DSTV caught on to this fact when people started importing DVRs. Next thing you know, the PVR-1 was released

    The DS3’s come in black, white and satin silver. So far, no white PS3. Just black and that the steel grey MGS special edition

  • Aren’t there white ones in Japan already?

    doobiwan’s last blog post..’08 exclusives, the other side.

  • @SlippyMadFrog yes im a die hard PS3 fanboy..however having had a 360i know that the controller is better. What realy gets me about the sixaxis and dualshock 3 are the trigger buttons. They hurt your fingers after a while

    @Milesh Bhana ZA all in all cost me 530 inc postage. Bought through a dude on the PS3ZA forums. I have a black 60 gig pal ps3. However if ever the white PS3 come here i will definatly consider one

    @doobiwan yes, there is white, black and satin silver

    evilredzombie’s last blog post..Wii

  • Mark

    For what it’s worth, great article. Thank you!

  • Mark

    Do you think PS will jump on this bandwagon?

  • I can’t remember where Sony stated they have no intention to release a wiipoff controller 😉

    doobiwan’s last blog post..’08 exclusives, the other side.

  • Milesh Bhana

    R530 is not bad at all. Nice find guys.

  • SK better step up or the time they start selling most people would have bought tem already

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  • scotty777

    lol… I wonder why microsoft didn’t just make a motion sensor control in the first place, it’s silly

  • Nice review. Surprised by your ending evilrz. Anyway lets hope Sony release these things soon.

    RE: Gamer’s last blog post..Games I’m playing…..Part 1

  • ToonyZA

    Hey i bought it from the same guy on the forums and it cost me R630 with shipping. Damn i feel shafted now!! oh well at least i got rumble

  • Zorko

    Awesome review, Just cannot believe SK price

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