PS3 owners: Get ready to rumble!

The one thing I was disappointed about with the PS3 was the lack of rumble in the SIXAXIS controller. The reasons cited by Sony were lame excuses to cover up the fact that they were being petulant about losing the lawsuit with the patent owners. Fortunately they have since kissed and made up and a new Dual Shock 3 controller hits stores next week:

Rumble is back with the DUALSHOCK 3 wireless controller for PLAYSTATION 3. These are shipping to store shelves as we speak, so be on the lookout for them next week. Now I know that the list of compatible games is the most important thing to you, so we’re including that at the bottom of this post. The titles with an asterisk in the list below will require a patch in order to activate the rumble feature. The patch will automatically download to your PS3 if your console is connected online. If you are not connected online, check our PlayStation Knowledge Center for more information.

Originally these weren’t supposed to hit store shelves until April 15th, but Sony managed to get them out to retailers early so they’ll be released early. Which is just fine with me as GTA IV is just around the corner. Though I have to admit that the price tag for the new controllers is a bit on the high side at $55 so I probably won’t be grabbing one right away. The good news is that Sony will be discontinuing the SIXAXIS altogether so it won’t be long before folks buying a new PS3 will get a Dual Shock 3 as part of the package.

Sony announces a new 80GB PS3 bundle.

Listings for the current 80GB version of the PS3 have been disappearing from stores as of late leading to a lot of speculation on whether or not there was a new model coming out soon. Turns out the SKU is changing, but only in terms of the pack-ins included. Sony just announced the other day that the new 80GB PS3 bundle will include Metal Gear Solid 4 and the new Dualshock 3 controller. The Dualshock 3 is the long-awaited rumble enabled version of the standard SIXAXIS and the main reason I only have one controller at the moment (I’ve been waiting for the DS3 before buying any more). The best part is that the price for the bundle is still $499. Here’s the new box art:


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That’s not a bad deal at all especially if your a Metal Gear fan already. Oh, and for those of us waiting to buy the Dualshock 3 separately, they’ll hit store shelves on April 15 for $54.99.

 

Sony’s PS3 controllers to gain rumble, more titles will support Remote Play.

The folks at Kotaku are live blogging the Sony TGS keynote bringing us news that the SIXAXIS will soon be replaced by the Dual Shock 3 controller that’ll bring force feedback to the PS3. There was a lot of griping about that feature being dropped from the controllers and now that the lawsuit with Immersion has been settled it looks like it’ll finally see the light of day on the PS3. I know I was disappointed that rumble would be dropped in favor of the motion controls so I’m happy with this news. The new Dual Shock 3 will ship in Japan this November and in the U.S. and Europe next spring. At least ten titles are known to support the DS3 and there’s word that some already released titles may also support it or be updated to support it.

Sony also focused on a relatively new feature that was officially unveiled with the release of Lair called Remote Play that enables you to link your PSP to your PS3 and play the game on the hand held. The lack of motion sensing on the PSP makes some parts of the game unplayable, but that’s OK because word has it the game has some shitty controls to begin with. However a number of other games will be supporting this quirky feature in various ways such as using a PSP as a second additional screen in Formula 1 Racing to simply using multiple PSPs as alternative game controllers for your PS3. An upcoming firmware update will all you to turn your PS3 on over the Internet using your PSP and shut it off again, presumably so you can play some of your PS3 games when not at home as well as to stream video stored on your PS3 to your PSP.

They also mentioned that they have heard the gripes from fans about the pricing of PS3 hardware, but aren’t saying one way or the other if any of the rumored price drops and/or new SKUs are coming in the future. All they’ll say on price drops at the moment is that they are a “possibility.” Well of course they’re a possibility. If anything they’re an inevitability, the real question is, of course, when they will happen? It makes sense Sony doesn’t want to say ahead of time because then folks will hold off on buying a PS3 until the price drop happens. Analysts continue to speculate that it’ll happen soon, though, perhaps as early as the next month or two.

PS3’s SIXAXIS controllers getting ready to rumble!

I was one of the folks who felt disappointed when it was revealed that the PS3’s controllers were trading in the force feedback rumble I’ve grown accustomed to on my PS2 for a gimmicky attempt to one-up Nintendo with a tilt sensor. The loss of rumble was a direct result of the court case patent holder Immersion won against Sony awhile back, even if Sony won’t admit that’s the reason why, but now it looks like the two companies have kissed and made up:

Sony reportedly informed Kotaku that rumble is definitely coming to PS3, it’s just a matter of when, and this latest press release from Immersion certainly raises the possibility that it could be in September.

“Under the terms of the license, these products will now bear Immersion’s Feel The Game TouchSense Technology logo,” reads the press release from which the news emanated.

Ahhhh. I feel better now. By the time I get around to buying one there should be plenty of rumble using games out there too.