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5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the Rumble., April 8, 2008
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This review is from: PlayStation 3 Dualshock 3 Wireless Controller (Black) (Accessory)
For the past year and a half something has been missing. You don't know what it is but theirs a void and somehow you want to fill it if only you could figure out what it is. You've played Resistance, Warhawk, Heavenly Sword, and Uncharted but something doesn't feel the same. Well worry no more your fears can now be relieved. Rumble is back to bring many of the PS3 best games to life. Granted we shouldn't have had to wait for this controller and its been a painful wait for Sony to settle the lawsuit and get the dualshock 3 into our gamer hands. But at least now its here and without it your truly missing out on that last bit of immersion games have been giving us for many years now.

Its not a new feature, of course, but its a necessary one. As a PS3 owner I've missed it and I've taken issue with Sony leaving it out of the sixaxis. No we can have our rumble and feel it too. The controller has a great weighty feel to it. Still includes the motion sensing of the original sixaxis controller. The rumble works on all of the best games, except for Call of Duty 4 but I'm sure a patch will be available in the future. You really can't ask for more. Its rechargable without the need to buy anything extra. Consider all the batteries you don't have to buy and it pays for itself.
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Initial post: Apr 10, 2008, 9:39:08 AM PDT
This is a pretty good review until it gets to the last part, "Consider all the batteries you don't have to buy and pays for itself," except when the battery inside the thing dies and you have to buy a whole new controller to replace it. This fundamental flaw in Sony's design is really the only draw back to the DualShock 3 and a way of screwing the consumer into buying a product doomed to replacement after a few years. In the future Sony, and all other major brands putting non-user replaceable batteries, need to take into account this error when designing their products. Do not get me wrong, I think the DualShock 3 is great, it feels good in the hands and has a good weight to it, but it still does not mean it has no flaws.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 18, 2008, 5:33:29 AM PDT
Martijn Stam says:
Sony made this decision because the rechargeable battery will outlive the controller itself. Expect the battery to last 5-10 years still holding over 50% of its capacity after 1000 FULL charges. If batteries aren't released in the store by the time they actually "start" dying, Sony will replace them for free, as they announced Oct 20th 2006.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 23, 2008, 7:47:17 AM PDT
..... says:
Actually you can replace the battery the sixaxis came with instructions on how to do it I dont know about the ds3 but id figure its the same setup and I've seen a lot of 3rd party batteries for it in mom & pop game shops. Plus if you were to compare it to the 360-wireless controller= $40, AA batteries= infinite /battery pack= $12, play & charge= $18 and or quick charge kit= $26 that all adds up no matter what you buy- the dualshock is practically flawless in comparison without opinion over which controller you may prefer.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 27, 2008, 12:27:30 AM PDT
Yeh, its pretty easy to replace the battery. The PS3 mannual even instructs how to do it genius.

The chemical nature of Lithium Ion products isn't Sonys fault. Why don't I just start blaming Microsoft for gravity? Makes no sense.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 30, 2008, 2:19:43 AM PDT
MSR says:
Most people have rechargeable AA batteries in their house which are better because they are universal and have a ton more applications. Sony should have went the AA route, if they really cared for the environment. But it's typical Sony style to make things difficult hoping people will just replace the controller. Btw, those same mom and pop shops sell 3rd party play&charge kits for the 360 for $10.
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