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5.0 out of 5 stars Should've been rumble from the start., April 13, 2008
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The Playstation 2's highly regarded DualShock 2 controller was considered by many to be the best videogame controller of all time. So when you've got a winning design there's no need to change anything. However, because of a legal battle with Immersion over rumble technology, Sony was forced to offer their Sixaxis controller without rumble. The Sixaxis had the same Dualshock design but it felt too lightweight and cheap. Thankfully the lawsuit has been settled and rumble has come back to the Playstation.

For the most part, the DualShock 3 is almost identical to its PS2 precessor. But it has all the features of the original Sixaxis controller in addition to rumble. The controller is still wireless, can be charged by plugging it into your PS3 (or PC), rumble is compatible with all PS1 and PS2 games, and the PS3 supports up to 7 controllers at the same time via bluetooth. Rumble in the DualShock 3 seems more responsive in regards to the location of its vibration depending on which side you get hit on during the games. I don't know if this is something in the design or if it's the developers doing it for the games but I welcome it.

All in all this is currently the best designed controller on the market right now. The PS2's DS2 was incredible so "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" applies here. I'll be enjoying rumble in my PS3 games from now on.
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Initial post: May 7, 2008 2:21:32 PM PDT
Of course, the legal battle with Immersion was just the SPECULATED reason for the absence of the vibration feature in the Six-Axis controller. Sony denied that reason. Their official explanation was that the vibration feature interfered with the motion sensitive capabilities of the Six-Axis controller, and therefore decided not to include it. Now, the DualShock 3 has both the motion and rumble features.

Posted on Oct 20, 2009 4:52:29 PM PDT
C. Nelson says:
Can it be used by the PS2 console?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2009 9:46:48 AM PST
No. The PS3 uses Bluetooth technology which is incompatible with the PS2.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 19, 2010 7:21:28 AM PST
Dario Carles says:
You can use it as a joystick in the PC connected with the USB or bluetooth (if you have) and use a ps2 emulator.

In reply to an earlier post on May 24, 2010 6:16:54 PM PDT
Ben-A says:
Thanks ill think ill try that when i get the ps3.

Posted on Sep 26, 2012 10:04:03 AM PDT
Mark W. says:
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