The GoodWireless PS3 controller with rumble support; slightly heavier, which gives it a bit more heft than the featherlight Sixaxis controller; rumble function added to many existing games via downloadable patches.
The BadSomewhat overpriced; doesn't come with a USB cable for recharging; rechargeable battery isn't removable.
The Bottom LineWhile it costs a bit more than it should, the DualShock 3 adds the rumble support that should've been present in the PS3 from the beginning.
When Sony's PlayStation 3 came out in late 2006, much was made over the fact that the new Sixaxis wireless controller that shipped with the system didn't offer any force feedback--or rumble, as the vibration feature in Sony's earlier DualShock 2 controller (for the PlayStation 2) is often called. Sure, the whole poor-man's Wii motion-sensing thing (Sixaxis) was somewhat cool, but PlayStation aficionados and gaming purists were disappointed that Sony was forced to leave out the rumble because it was involved in a patent dispute with Immersion, the company that developed force-feedback technology.
Well, the legal issues have been resolved and Sony is now selling the DualShock 3, which should have come with the PS3 when it launched. The good news is the rumble works just fine with the limited number of PS3 titles that currently support the feature. (The full list of DualShock 3-compatible games is available at Sony's PlayStation Web site. The feature can be retroactively added to many older games thanks to downloadable patches available through Sony's free PlayStation Network online service.)
Except for its slightly heavier weight, the DualShock 3 is indistinguishable from its predecessor, the Sixaxis.
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