DualShock 3 Rumbling with PS2 Games after All

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335w ago - While it seems like a natural conclusion to jump to, Sony has never really made any comments one way or another if the new DualShock 3 would rumble while playing PlayStation 2 games. Website PSPSPS is reporting that their brand new DualShock controllers are indeed vibrating with PS2 games; at least on a Japanese PS3. The games were Rez, OutRun 2006, and Katamari Damacy.

That was on a PS3 running the latest firmware, and if OutRun 2006 is vibrating, I'm willing to take a leap and assume the rest of the PS2's library (or at least the majority) will support the DualShock 3's rumble.

The control is very nice. Feels about three times heavier than the non-rumbling Sixaxis, which we're inclined to classify as a Good Thing (the plain Sixaxis feels too light). Rumbles like a tummy before lunch. And it has 'Dual Shock 3' stamped on its husk in blue type. The pad is also available in white, to go with the white 40GB PS3 model launched here today, but it looks a bit tacky because the sticks and buttons aren't white.

Alright, how about now - who's importing?
 

Player impressions of the Dualshock 3

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336w ago - Yes, it is a lot heavier than the current controllers and feels much more solid. It doesn't feel like you could snap it in two like the original Sixaxis. I just arrived at the office now so I won't be able to take it home and test it for another 8 hours or so. What I noticed just by holding it is that the L2 and R2 buttons are a bit harder to push than before. I bet its going to be easier to control your speed in driving games.

Also when when you push down to click on the analog controllers they feel a bit different than before; sharper somehow. I will post impressions of the actual rumble once I get home from work. (I don't really expect it to be any different than the PS2's or the Xbox 360's) I don't know yet if backwards compatible games will work with rumble but I have God of War and Gran Turismo 4 at home waiting to find out...more on that later.

Besides the weight you can look on the back of the controller and in addition to Sixaxis you'll Dual Shock 3 branded in blue.

The price was 5500 yen or around $50 U.S.

I just got home from work so I can give a few more impressions...First off the rumble feels very good... it can be a bit more subtle than the Xbox 360's rumble. I much prefer the feel of slightly going off the track in Gran Turismo 5 than in Forza 2. Is it a huge...
 

Importer Warns Of DualShock 3 Import Price Gouging

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337w ago - New York-based importer National Console Support warns customers today that getting their hands on a Japanese version of the DualShock 3 might be tricky. It writes in its semi-daily news updates that offers from one overseas distributor has the following requirement: "In order to obtain 1 Dual Shock 3, we also have to buy 1 PlayStation 3 40GB console." That's a hefty tax.

NCSX urges caution to rumble-hungry games, warning them to wait until stock levels off or distributors offer more sane pricing schemes.

One of its biggest competitors, Play-Asia, is no longer soliciting pre-orders, asking customer to check in for potential restocks. With two of the bigger Japanese hardware and software importers unclear of their availability for the November 11 launch of the new controller, it's looking likely that latecomers will have to hold tight for a while longer.
 

Metal Gear Solid 4 sneaks in PS3 Dual Shock 3 rumble

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338w ago - Konami Corp. last week debuted the English version of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots at E for All and snuck in the first public test of Sony Corp.'s Dual Shock 3 controller in the demonstration.

The new controller includes rumble left out of the Sixaxis controller due to litigation between Sony and Immersion Corp. that has since been resolved.

The Dual Shock 3 features the same shell as the Sixaxis controller and the new rumble technology makes it a bit heavier than the best-selling Dual Shock 2 controller.

The inclusion of Dual Shock 3 rumble in Metal Gear Solid 4 provides an immersive experience that otherwise would be lacking. In the demo, each assault rifle blast pounds a hefty shake in player hands.

Metal Gear Solid 4 stunned in the English version at E for All. The latest entry features the most lifelike tactical espionage gameplay in the series to date.

The Dual Shock 3 will be sold this Nov. in Japan. The controller will be sold in the U.S. in early 2008.
 

Insane Ruling: Plastic Wii Zapper Gun Toy Gets PEGI 18 Rating

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339w ago - Playing cowboys and native American indigenous peoples (Injuns - to the unreconstructed) with plastic pretend guns was about the best fun you could have as a six-year old growing up in the wilds of South Yorkshire, SPOnG fondly remembers (perhaps with slightly rose-tinted specs).

Alas, with the modern fear and moral panic over everything and anything to do with guns, it seems that children will not be allowed to play with Nintendo's new Wii Zapper, which is to be slapped with a PEGI 18-rating when it comes out next month.

Perhaps the ban makes a little more sense when you realise that one of the main Wii games to make full use of the gun is the genuinely shit-scary, on-rails survival shooter Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles which Capcom has announced will be hitting shelves on November 30.

Umbrella Chronicles played using the Wii Zapper lets you play as Chris, Jill, Rebecca, Billy and Carlos in single player or two-player co-op modes. It was one of our surprise favourites from E3 back in the summer so we look forward to playing the full game next month. After the kids have gone to bed.

Perhaps it's totally bloody bonkers and shows a huge double-standard. Why? Let's have a look at the entry requirements for joining the British Army and being sent to fight with real guns....
 







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