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"Rumble feature on the DualShock 3 is the same as DualShock 2"


Sony Computer Entertainment America's Kimberly Otzman, corporate communications, confirmed to GameDaily BIZ, what we suspected all along: "The rumble feature on the DualShock 3 is the same as DualShock 2." The controller does not feature any new advanced form of rumbling, as some internet forums have been murmuring.

In addition to talking about the rumble technology, Otzman revealed information about the battery life, noting that "battery life depends on how often the rumble feature is used." She added, "When the rumble feature is completely turned off, it's equivalent with the Sixaxis (maximum of 30 hours) and when the rumble feature is active it's about 15 hours, under SCE standard testing conditions."

Obviously, battery life will be shorted with rumble. For those that are going to get the new rumble controllers, get ready to use your USB cables a lot more regularly.

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1. *boom*

Wow, what a bomb to drop on us. Regular old rumble after all these lawsuits, expectations, etc.

*sigh*

Posted at 4:35PM on Sep 21st 2007 by Popfrogs

2. This makes me sad. I thought the Touchsense was practically confirmed.

Posted at 4:36PM on Sep 21st 2007 by Christian

3. I just found a bright side: at least I won't have to repurchase my controllers now or beg Sony for a coupon/exchange. :)

Posted at 4:42PM on Sep 21st 2007 by Popfrogs

4. Well shit. It's the same thing I shut off all the time before. That's weak sauce, Sony. I was fine without it (hell, I don't even LIKE rumble), but to offer the potential to get something new and non-lame, then not have it pay off is just disappointing.

At least no one can say "LOL 360 IS BETER BECAUES OF RUMBLE!!" anymore.

Posted at 4:42PM on Sep 21st 2007 by Trev

5. really does it matter...? the whole thing everyone kept bitching about was rumble now we have it, people are still mad? what more do you guys want from a controller? do you want it to suck your dick or what? oh wow it cut battery life by half are you really gonna play 15 hours straight? i leave my controller plauged in my ps3 when im folding at home or watching a movie its not that big of a deal

Posted at 4:59PM on Sep 21st 2007 by NastyN8

6. Or! tape your vibrator to the sixaxis!

Posted at 5:08PM on Sep 21st 2007 by Ruben

7. @5

Me too. I plug my headset and Sixaxis in when I am downloading stuff. 15 hours is great for battery life. My DS lasts about an hour now and my Ipod barely lasts 2 hours.

BE HAPPY THIS WHAT YOU FOLKS HAVE BEEN YELPING ABOUT FOR NINE MONTHS!!!

Posted at 5:09PM on Sep 21st 2007 by Andy

8. Oh well I don't see anything wrong with with i wasn't expecting anything more improved then what was in PS2 controllers anyway,. as far as Touchsense goes SONY was denying RUMBLE right up to now so where did you get the ideal it was practically Confirmer #2 ,.?

THis is fine for me, I've gotten rather used to not having it but Really missed it at first especially playing Motorstorm ,. and then when I rented Gears of War for a week back in June like wow damn I missed you so much rumble,. LOL

Can't wait till these hit the street i'll be picking up 2 right away, been waiting for this ever since I got my PS3 in Feb

Posted at 5:28PM on Sep 21st 2007 by Tim Parsons

9. What has Sony been thinking lately? It's as if they could care less about Microsoft's pending Halo 3 success. I thought they'd have a strong counter ready just before the Halo 3 launch, but hey who know's these days.

Posted at 5:44PM on Sep 21st 2007 by L2

10. Um, this is NOT CONFIRMED. http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showpost.php?p=7925595&postcount=26

Read that and the entire thread while you're at it.

Posted at 5:47PM on Sep 21st 2007 by Cagalli

11. Less battery life will suck for me it dies at the worst times lol,. but it's to be expected. Just need to get a longer UBS cable the one you get wit hthe PS# is a tad short when your PS3 is under a 42 in TV I dont wanna go blind while it's charging lol

Posted at 5:55PM on Sep 21st 2007 by Tim Parsons

12. @Cagalli: Yeah, people using it with MGS4 are already saying it's using Touchsense or something like it. So, what's more likely, SCEA spokesperson doesn't have all the info, or game magazine people are imagining cool rumble stuff that isn't actually there?

Also, there's been developers saying off the record that it's much improved over Dualshock 2. So I'm giving it 50/50. There's also the possibility that for whatever bizarre reason, everybody's supposed to pretend it's regular rumble until a later date. Didn't Kaz say there were more features to be announced later?

Ya know, one day Sony will get a clue and actually start acting like a company that really wants to succeed.

Posted at 6:02PM on Sep 21st 2007 by apease

13. Here's a tip, charge your controller after a long gaming session over night while also running Folding@home. Produce good work and charge the sucker.

Posted at 6:22PM on Sep 21st 2007 by John Giotta

14. I'd rather have no rumble for my "next-gen" console then have last gen rumble! someone e-mail Sony and tell them to stop wasting our time with this garbage! This actually seems like Sony is just playing us here! thinking they can create this huge hype about touch sense rumble, and next gen feel to the controllers and what not, and then give us this crap! with the amount of charging, and re-charging im going to have to do, i might as well save my money, purchase a PS2 controller adapter and connect use that, wired to my ps3 instead of waste my money on this last gen crap. Thank's for dissapointing me sony.

Posted at 6:28PM on Sep 21st 2007 by ally

15. @ally
no one's making you buy it. if you don't like the "old" rumble, don't buy a new controller. how does that make it disappointing? if they put in "new tech" rumble, the controller would be more expensive and people would complain about that.
sheesh; no pleasing some people.

Posted at 7:04PM on Sep 21st 2007 by Solace

16. Wow you guys really love to complain.

You've got pitchforks and torches out for Sony because they've brought rumble back?

Get some frigging perspective on life.


Posted at 7:24PM on Sep 21st 2007 by Spazgadget

17. Holy cow, seriously!

WTF is wrong with some of you? Is the new Dualshock suppose to tingle in your mind and make you pee or some thing?

So it just plain rumbles. At least we get another feature. Use it or not, its a plus!

And whats with the crying about charging and battery life? Does it really kill you to charge the damn thing? I doubt many of us will burn through a battery in one day/sitting.

I welcome rumble back. Whether it just rumbles or penetrates my soul, it's all good.

Posted at 7:35PM on Sep 21st 2007 by railven

18. Rumble is rumble you dumb asses.

Posted at 9:03PM on Sep 21st 2007 by GL

19. NastyN8 called it.

As for you people complaining? Head on over to the xbox360fanboy site (which they like to call affectionately, X3F). Those people don't complain about ANYTHING! They have to replace their machine every 6 months and they don't bat an eye! They didn't complain about the graphics of Forza on 360! That it looked like ps2's GT4 played on a ps3, upscaled!

But seriously, I think it's because they have more games, they're super excited.

But check it: you can feel things turning here, I mean, shit, look at the demos we got, this week. It's just that it's been such a long time coming, we're all weary. We're like, dragging our arms, and Sony is like: "We answered your question! We have given you (North Americans) the very things you wanted! 6-9 months later! Like Home! You will have to wait some more months for it! But it will be good and stable!

And we're like, yeah, we appreciate good and stable. We really would rather wait for that, and we generally do.

But that time, we're kind of jaundiced.

So this is perhaps the hardest year for the fanboy, because it lacks the essential things that would make the ps3 experience a totally unique thing.

Code-whores like me are fine, because when I look at the code for ps3's Dirt, or The Darkness, or I play ps2 games upscaled, I'm in freaking heaven.

But others are not getting their buttons pushed, and their buttons are pushed by having a LOT of games, available.

That's why the energy at Xbox360Fanboy is more intense, because there's more games, and more users.

Maybe Microsoft proved, like Nintendo, that it's games that matter-- to the buying public, more than hardware prowess or competence of hardware design.

But. I respect Sony's position more. Because it plans for the future. And any plan that accomodates the future will have growing pains, because it has a long life.

So it starts out slowly, learning, unstable, having to weather elements. (elemental attack! Ack!)

But because it always had the greatest potential, it stands the ability to learn the most from these hardships, which the other machines certainly could not bare.

The other machines are like rockstars that burn out early.

Sony machines are more Shakespeare.


Oh sh*t I just wrote a Hallmark card to Sony

Posted at 10:36PM on Sep 21st 2007 by John

20. NastyN8 called it.

As for you people complaining? Head on over to the xbo'fanbo' site (which they like to call affectionately, XEF). Those people don't complain about ANYTHING! They have to replace their machine every 6 months and they don't bat an eye! They didn't complain about the graphics of Fortsah on E60! That it looked like ps2's GT4 played on a ps3, upscaled!

But seriously, I think it's because they have more games, they're super excited.

But check it: you can feel things turning here, I mean, shoot, look at the demos we got, this week. It's just that it's been such a long time coming, we're all weary. We're like, dragging our arms, and Sony is like: "We answered your question! We have given you (North Americans) the very things you wanted! 6-9 months later! Like Home! You will have to wait some more months for it! But it will be good and stable!

And we're like, yeah, we appreciate good and stable. We really would rather wait for that, and we generally do.

But by that time, we're kind of jaundiced.

So this is perhaps the hardest year for the fanboy, because it lacks the essential things that would make the ps3 experience a totally unique thing.

Code-whores like me are fine, because when I look at the code for ps3's Dirt, or The Darkness, or I play ps2 games upscaled, I'm in freaking heaven.

But others are not getting their buttons pushed, and their buttons are pushed by having a LOT of games, available.

That's why the energy at DarksideFarBoy is more intense, because there's more games, and more users.

Maybe Mikros0ft proved, like Nintender, that it's games that matter-- to the buying public, more than hardware prowess or competence of hardware design.

But.

I respect Sony's position, more. Because it plans for the future. And any plan that accomodates the future will have growing pains, because it has a long life.

So it starts out slowly, learning, unstable, having to weather elements. (elemental attack! Ack!)

But because it always had the greatest potential, it stands the ability to learn the most from these hardships, which the other machines certainly could not bare.

The other machines are like rockstars that burn out early.

Sony machines are more Shakespeare.


Oh sh*t I just wrote a Hallmark card to Sony

Posted at 10:43PM on Sep 21st 2007 by John

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