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About the product
- Features 12 analog keys to add intelligence to your gaming
- Twin Dual Shock motors rumble with each action making every impact feel like you're right in the game
- All the features you need to take complete control of your gaming!
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The Dual Shock Controller has graduated to the next level. We're talking sensitive here; the buttons are now pressure sensitive, with up to 255 levels of sensitivity. Exciting, you betcha! This could mean surgical precision as you accelerate, decelerate or maneuver through a course. Or, even more fighting moves and secret weapons available as you battle the forces of evil. Ready, set, game!
The layout of PlayStation2's Dual Shock 2 controller is nearly identical to that of the original PlayStation's Dual Shock controller, which is good news for most gamers. The main new feature is that, when the buttons are pushed, the controller can register how much pressure is being exerted. This adds a completely new dimension to sports, racing, fighting, and more games. Aside from the Start and Select buttons, all of the functions are analog for greater control, a wider variety of operations, and a more compelling interactive experience. Two convex analog thumb pads and two force-feedback solenoid rumblers round out the features. This controller is also compatible with all software that supports the original Dual Shock controller.
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The only criticism I have is with the retailers and not with the product itself. Make sure that the thing works if you're buying it used. Regardless of the condition being listed as "Very Good/Like New", "Tested and works!" I've bought two of these from different retailers and they did not work AT ALL. Also, speaking of the condition, make sure that they're also in the condition they're being sold as since my "Very Good/Like New" controllers were very dirty and scuffed/scratched.
Over the years we've purchased at least 10 of these controllers, since I prefer to buy the Sony brand for the game consoles, unless we need something special like rapid/auto fire. In the case of Windows machines we buy Logitech and also Logitech for wireless PS2 controllers.
These Sony controllers are double edge swords because they won't last. None of them last more than say 18 to 24 months and some die in the first month. Buying from Amazon directly is great because they stand behind what they sell. Thus when my Son was replacing a controller that die after all most 2 years, we came back here. The one we got was flaky from the start he tells me and two of the keys died completely after less than 10 days. The new controller we got is rock stable and looks like another 18 to 24 year model. Hey, for $25 or so what can you expect.
Of course the PS3 version, especially the modified ones cost a lot more and they've been holding up longer (now over 4 years), but they don't work on the PS2 systems.
Bottom line: I highly recommend buying this controller if you're looking for a good basic controller, but beware they are great but don't have a long life span, at least in a family of game players.
IMO, if you have a PS2, you need at least one of these. If you don't have a PS2, you don't need any. It's that simple.