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Dual Shock 3 dissected - First photos

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375w ago - Officially announced at this year's Tokyo Game show and due to hit the west next spring, Sony's long hoped-for rumble-enabled Sixaxis controller for the PlayStation 3 is now available in Japan. We've found some pictures on a Japanese Web site which show off both an exposed view of the controller's insides as well as the rumble effect of the motors. Click through for those latter ones.

As expected it's a similar twin-motor set-up to the previous Dual Shock 2, Sony having turned down Immersion's newer, more streamlined technology. Also on show is the ceramic white edition of the controller, which you can find on the third page. It's a sleek and sexy little thing indeed, but we can't help thinking that the black buttons kind of kill the effect.

The controllers are currently available from Playasia.com, but sadly the site isn't exporting to Europe. Fear of a similar legal whupping from SCEE to the one which saw Lik-Sang.com shut down for exporting PSPs to the region? We'd bet on it.
 

Rock Band users discovering hardware issues?

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375w ago - While we're still quite early in the game (literally), reports have started trickling in that there may be some substantial issues with some of the hardware included in Harmonix's latest and greatest, Rock Band. According to forum posts from disgruntled users, folks who've just gotten the game are having a litany of problems, from drums with no sensitivity, an always-on whammy, and sticky buttons -- but most of the stress seems to be related to the downstrum.

Current descriptions paint the problem as an overly- or ineffectual strum, resulting in a pretty annoying game experience. Of course, it's early on right now, and it's too soon to know if this is a widespread problem or if it's relegated to a small production batch. We pose this question to our readers: are you having Rock Band issues?
 

Silent Hill 5 - New Screenshots and Scans

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375w ago - Here are some new exclusive screenshots and scans from German magazine PLAYZONE showing off more of Silent Hill 5, the renowned psychological horror series on next-generation consoles.

The game thrusts players into a shadow world of chaos and terror with atmospheric high definition graphics and an original storyline that sheds new light on the desolate, fog-shrouded town of Silent Hill.

More screenshots can be seen at the link at top!
 

Fatal Inertia better on PS3

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375w ago - KOEI has told Eurogamer that futuristic racer Fatal Inertia will be a better game on PS3.

The company is spending more time on it after the 360 version failed to ignite critical fuses when it was released in September. According to a spokesperson for the publisher, they're polishing up technical areas and putting together a more enticing demo than Live customers were treated to.

New content is a possibility, too, although nothing concrete is known at this point.

KOEI US recently offered next spring as an expected date for the title. However, we were told nothing has been decided internally and it is currently "in development for 2008", as it's always been.

Fatal Inertia began life as a PS3 exclusive, but met delays because it was fiddly getting it to work with Unreal Engine 3.

The game lets you zip around interesting courses like canyons and caves in futuristic flying ships, using all sorts of innovative weaponry to hamper the progress of your opponents.

Unfortunately it was let down by a poor frame rate and ill-conceived technical features in the 360 version. KOEI is hoping to iron out those kinks in time for the PS3 release.

Head over to our Fatal Inertia review to find out more here!
 

Lord of Vermilion: Web site opens, first screenshots surfaced

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375w ago - Square Enix has officially open the Web site of recently revealed Lord of Vermilion, and while nothing besides the Prologue is there, Famitsu posted the first screenshots and artwork of the game. They have been added to our gallery

View more screenshots, artwork, and the official Web site here.
 
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