The wait is over: rumble is back on the PlayStation 3!
These new wireless controllers use a hybrid design, combining the motion sensor of the Sixaxis controller with the rumbling abilities of its predecessor, the PlayStation 2's DualShock 2.
Overall, the new DualShock 3 is a delight. It's slightly heavier than the Sixaxis, with a more sturdy, solid feel. The handgrips no longer flex when you squeeze them, and the black plastic is completely opaque (the Sixaxis used cheaper, transparent plastic).
So far, we see only two small gripes. For starters, the DualShock 3 does not appear to ship with a mini-USB cable; none was included in the retail box we received. Mini-USB cables are dirt-cheap these days, so that shouldn't present a big problem.
Secondly, the DualShock 3 sacrifices a bit of its "oomph" in the name of better battery life (and possibly not interfering with the integrated motion sensor). The DualShock 3 still pumps out a pleasing pulse sensation, but it does feel slightly weaker than the DualShock 2.
Aside from those nitpicks, the DualShock 3 is the controller Sony fans have longed for ever since the PlayStation 3 launched with its neutered Sixaxis. It does cost a bit more money -- $54.99 compared to the Sixaxis's $49.99.
But you might not have a choice much longer, as Sony has officially discontinued the older, rumble-free Sixaxis controller.
Does the controller's casing feel stronger? I feel a weak point in the sixaxis is the plastic in between the shoulder buttons. It only takes a partial trip over the controller to snap it forcing either L2 or R2 to be partially always activated and for some reason causing all other buttons to stop working once the PS button is pressed and the system menu pops up.
I've sadly had this happen to 4, count em 4 sixaxis controllers. (None of which by my hand...errr foot rather)