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About the product
- The only Bluetooth controller for the PS3 system;
- Hours of comfortable game play with ergonomically designed grips;
- Feel every hit, crash, and explosion with hand-vibrating DUALSHOCK response
- Truly intuitive game play through the motion sensing SIXAXIS technology;
- Play wirelessly with up to seven friends;
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The Dualshock 3 wireless controller for the PlayStation 3 system provides the most intuitive game play experience with pressure sensors in each action button and the inclusion of the highly sensitive SIXAXIS™ motion sensing technology. Each hit, crash and explosion is more realistic when the user feels the rumble right in the palm of their hand. It can even detect natural movements for real-time and high precision interactive play, acting as a natural extension of the user?s body. Dualshock 3 wireless controller utilizes Bluetooth technology for wireless game play and the controller?s USB cable to seamlessly and automatically charge the controller through the PlayStation 3 system at anytime.
- Pressure sensors that rumble with each action making every impact feel like you?re right in the game.
- SIXAXIS™ highly sensitive motion control system senses your every move
- Features Bluetooth technology for wireless game play; the PlayStation 3 system can support up to seven wireless controllers at one time.
- Can be charged at any time through the PlayStation 3 system using the controller?s USB cable
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I'm one who simply expects a $40 device, especially one with the Sony name attached to it, to be well-constructed and work, so appreciating the technical aspects of a controller, beyond making sure I've got the right one for the job, isn't a priority. The device rumbles. All the controls do what they are supposed to do. That level of detail is pretty much sufficient for me. However, out of the box, this controller's upper left button (L1) was loose, never seated properly and, while it did work, felt sloppy. Meanwhile, the right shoulder button was stable, solid, well-seated.
A controller's hand-feel is, to me, a huge part of the console gaming experience. When I play, I want to forget I have a controller in my hands, because being reminded by a problem pulls me out of the flow. I suffer Sony's controllers (much, much prefer the hand-feel of the Xbox controller) because certain games are PS3-only. I imagine a lot of ergonomic design goes into creating a great controller, but my hands assert Sony has always been second to Microsoft in this respect. It doesn't help that Sony controllers feel of lower quality construction overall and, in my experience, have been problem-prone.
I'd like to be clear and fair: I press the L1 button, and while it wiggles and is noisy, it does work. It has worked the first time and every time since. I'm disappointed in the quality, but I'm not exchanging the device. An annoying L1 button is peanuts compared to a seriously wonky left analog stick! But, at best, it secures this product's average rating.
Edit: Almost 11 months to the day, I replaced this controller (the black one), because it acquired the same problem as the Sony original it had replaced. However, *both* analog sticks on this replacement developed that annoying, documented non-centering/sticking problem. Both! In less than a year! What to do? Sigh disapprovingly and get another. This time I chose the blue version. I wasn't having much luck with black versions; the blue was less expensive; reviews said it felt sturdier than other non-black colors. I really, really don't care about the color of a game controller. I just want one that will work for longer than a year. (Don't tell me all controllers have a functional, max-one-year lifespan ... I still have my original XBox 360 controller. It still works like a champ.)
Not impressed. Two controllers in two years. But then, they do say third time's the charm. Or maybe blue's the charm. Or maybe this controller was made on a non-lemon day. Fingers crossed.
Edit (Summer 2016) The third controller stayed in the box for a year, as gaming had to be put on hold. 2015 saw us return to intensive gaming. Finally opening the box, we hoped 3rd time would be the charm. *sigh* Within the year, the problems were even worse than the previous 2 controllers. Both analog sticks stick, such that the camera will spin non-stop until you manually recenter the stick. As for the left stick, I can't tell you the number of times my PC has walked off edges and died because taking the thumb off the stick doesn't stop the directional movement. I don't know if this is a bootleg version. Having watched a few YouTube videos on spotting fakes, I see aspects that look like the original that came with the system. There are also aspects that don't. Either way, I'm dropping this review to one star. This level of poor performance is simply not acceptable! Not once and certainly not multiple times.
Thankfully, this PS3 controller was built a bit better than those older controllers. I've had these two controllers for well over 4 years now and everything still works fine. Battery charge is still acceptable (I use the Energizer two-remote charger, also located here on Amazon) and doesn't seem to drain very fast. The buttons and analog sticks are still tight and function as expected. Add to the fact that this remote works through Bluetooth and you have a fairly nice package. No wires to fuss with and nothing to fray (or gnawed on by your pet).
The controller itself, however, isn't the most comfortable over long periods of time. Yes, it is better than the big and bulky XBOX controller - sorry for you XBOX controller fans - that thing is the size of a brick. This controller, however, slowly becomes uncomfortable as you hold it. I find myself shaking one hand or the other out during gameplay as my fingers begin to tense up. I'm not saying it is a bad design - just not ergonomic for the long gaming sessions. I'm not sure how they could make it better - but I am holding out hope that the PS4 controller is better to hold for extended periods.
Overall, I'd recommend this remote vs some of the cheaper 3rd party remotes, as it works and works well without any issue. I've not always said that in the past for other gaming consoles (I have owned numerous 3rd party remotes, as the one released with the gaming console was inferior) but can say that Sony came up with a reliable and useful remote that isn't designed to fail after some use. That being said - these are a bit more expensive than 3rd party remotes, but as the saying goes - you get what you pay for.
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