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Fun speculation: 80GB PS3 to come with rumble Sixaxis?

[Update: The SIXAXIS controller has featured a red light in promotional materials since launch. The red light is not indicative of a redesigned controller.]

Let's keep the wave of slightly related news going. With the announcement of the 80GB PS3 and the price drop of the current model, everybody looked over a detail that may be important. Then again, it may be nothing at all. Over at PSU, the writers thought it worthwhile to point out that on the box for the 80GB PS3, the included controller was lit up all red in the circle we know as either the Home button, PS button, or clear button where the "Analog" button used to be. Why is it red? They feel it's because the controller is actually the new Rumblaxis controller (though we just made up the name).

This doesn't sound too far-fetched. Why else would they delay the new SKU until August, if not to wait until they can toss the new controller into the box? While it was just a picture with a lit-up button, we're going to nod along with PSU on this one and say that yes, in fact, the 80GB PS3 launching in August will come with the new rumbling Sixaxis controller.

[Thanks, Justin!]

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1. The red button has appeared plenty of times before in Sony's materials.
It has nothing to do with any rumbling. The 80gb may come with the new sixaxis with rumbletasticness, but even that one won't have a glowing red home button.

Posted at 11:54AM on Jul 9th 2007 by mccomber

2. The original promo material for the PS3 and Sixaxis show the red glow as well. Look the Sixaxis up on Amazon and elsewhere. The dev controllers and debug units have sixaxis with the red glow though.

Posted at 11:54AM on Jul 9th 2007 by cheese

3. no 2. is right ;) pissed me off that it didnt glow red for realzees

Posted at 12:08PM on Jul 9th 2007 by WhackMushroom

4. While I don't think the red PS home button is a definite indicator I do believe that this new sku will have the rumblaxis.

Posted at 12:09PM on Jul 9th 2007 by Tanya

5. I feel cheated, i just bought the 60GB in june. I knew the price drop was coming. But a new model with 20 extra gigs and a better controller. I feel cheated. I really do. I cant return it because its past the 30 days. :-(.

Posted at 12:12PM on Jul 9th 2007 by vannyx

6. I doubt the red glow signifies a controller with force feed back, for all the reasons mccomber (#2)and cheese (#3) pointed out. On a side note, you can open up your controller and insert an LED so the "PS" button will glow.

Also, did anyone else notice "Limited Edition" appears on the box? What are your thoughts on that?

Posted at 12:17PM on Jul 9th 2007 by Gunegune

7. it has to be it, also in the haze 13 min clip on ign. the one with glamour in it, THEY BLUR OUT THE CONTROLLERS, in the video. look about 9:35 in the movie to about 10:00 u will see a dev put the controller down, and it moves in an unorthidox way.

Posted at 12:18PM on Jul 9th 2007 by crazihops07

8. what did the old Analog button for the PS2 do anyway? i've never ever used it for anything...

Posted at 12:20PM on Jul 9th 2007 by ryano

9. @Gunegune

i think packaging it with Motor Storm makes it limited. they won't be doing this for future releases. it's a timed engagement.

Posted at 12:22PM on Jul 9th 2007 by ryano

10. I believe the rumble controller will come with 80gb PS3's, and any PS3's made later this year regardless of SKU, but I think it has nothing to do with the red button. The promo materials, and that image specifically, has always had a lit and not lit version where the PS button is. I think they are just trying to add some flair for the 80gb box art.

Hopefully they discontinue the non-rumble controller though. I think that would be the dumbest move out of all of this. Have two different SKU's with different controllers? That's like the wired and wireless deal with the 360. More crap to buy from M$ if you get the wrong model.

Posted at 12:22PM on Jul 9th 2007 by OrganicShadow

11. My predictions for E3:

80 GB PS3 WITH RUMBLE support and a PATCHED version of motorstorm to support the rumble.

What a better way than to show the new controller off?

Posted at 12:37PM on Jul 9th 2007 by OmniAtlas

12. Sony just keeps dissapointing me everytime they come out with something new.... As a pioneer of the ps3(bought it on launch) I payed the full 600 for my 60gig ps3, but now the price has already cut 100$ and even worse they are offering a 80gig ps3 with possibly rumble controller, for the price that I payed for my ps3... Shouldnt the pioneers get something for buying it early? It is starting to seem like I made a bad decision of buying it early... Maybe they will do something for the pioneers like on home they will give special things or soemething for people who signed up for psn early. :( Sony makes me sad

Posted at 12:38PM on Jul 9th 2007 by johnxmzzhang

13. Compare this shot of the 80gig box

to the 4th photo down on this page

Notice a difference? Second line of the contents section.

Rumble is definitely in the 80 gig. Take it to the bank.

Posted at 12:51PM on Jul 9th 2007 by cowpiebingo

14. @14, it does suck, especially since we were supposed to already be playing a lot of the games we're still looking forward to.

What do you get for being an early adopter? The joy of being an early adopter. You pay the most, you have the least number of choices for games/accessories, and chances are the hardware isn't quite as good as it will be in the future. But, you get to have it first.
That pretty much covers it.

Posted at 12:54PM on Jul 9th 2007 by mccomber

15. i've seen a bunch of videos with a glowing center 'home' button, most recently, in a "1up show" they were talking about Super Stardust HD, and they were using a controller that definitely was glowing red/amber in the center. Maybe it was on the PS3 test units - who the hell knows. But I also agree that I've seen that glowing button in other pictures, so no real surprise.

Posted at 12:55PM on Jul 9th 2007 by chris ciancanelli

16. seen this red ps button tons of times see it on a lot of canadan sites. even on te official playstation website before the s3 was released. this is nothng new

Posted at 12:57PM on Jul 9th 2007 by tristan88

17. Alas guys,

Check Patrick Seybold's comment on the official Blog:

Just want to clarify for those wondering why the PS Button on the controller is red. That is what happens when you charge the controller. It is not a sign or indication of a new/different controller with the 80GB model.

Posted at 1:01PM on Jul 9th 2007 by Anguish

18. SCEA rep confirms that this is the same SIXAIXS with added visual effect (not rumble):

"The controller that comes with the 80GB is the same the controller we shipped at launch, in the packaging the PS button is probably lit up," said an SCEA representative."

Read Update 3 here:

Posted at 1:05PM on Jul 9th 2007 by Rivithed

19. cowpiebingo, you're right. The second line says "wireless controller" on the original retail box. On the new box the actual words are unreadable, but the interesting things is the fact that now there are three words visible. Hmmm .... wireless rumble controller perhaps?

Posted at 1:08PM on Jul 9th 2007 by ymmv

20. They Know they Screwed up again. lol just with the price drop leaking. lol sony sony sony... too funny..

Posted at 1:15PM on Jul 9th 2007 by crazihops07

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