Last week I got my hands on a ceramic white PS3 dual shock 3.
When the PS3 was announced without â€œdual shock â€œor â€œrumble â€œcapabilities 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 â€œRumble â€œtechnology. 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 www.lazygamer.co.za 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 â€œDual shock 3â€ 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 â€œrumbleâ€ 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 â€œrumbleâ€ 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 www.playstation.com
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 â€œRumbleâ€ 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