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Rumble unquestionably coming to PS3... right?

Immersion and Sony are friends again. Everything is settled, the world is at peace, blah blah blah... Bob Loblaw Lobs Law Bomb! Sometimes I feel like I'm one of about four people who watched Arrested Development. Someone help me out here! In any case, Immersion and Sony resolved their differences and have once again entered into a partnership to stick Immersion stuff inside of Sony stuff -- use your imagination carefully.

Dave Karraker said this: "We are very pleased to have reached a cooperative agreement with Immersion regarding the use of its advanced vibration technology (haptics technology). We look forward to working closely with them as we explore new and innovative ways to utilize this technology in PlayStation products." Great. With rumble coming back, possibly, we ask this: can firmware game updates install rumble tech in games currently out that don't support it, like Resistance or MotorStorm?

GamesIndustry followed up this story by noting that Immersion has indeed begun to incorporate the new rumble technology in Sony products. It's not an "if" anymore -- it's "when" rumble will be released. As CEO of Immersion, Victor Viegas, put it: "Our new business agreement with Sony is specifically intended to enable advanced vibration capability for the benefit of the PlayStation community." Hell yeah. Now vibration enthusiasts have nothing to complain about ever again. Just as stand-up comic Daniel Tosh said, "we should legalize marijuana in this country. Yeah, that way pot heads will never have anything to talk about ever again." The same applies here. All is well in rumble country.

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1. I have a newfound respect for you! Arrested Development was one of the greatest TV shows - ever. Tobias and Gob are the greatest.

P.S. Rumble = Cool

Posted at 1:21PM on Mar 2nd 2007 by Caleb

2. It appears it's now a question of when, not if rumble is gonna be incorporated into the PS3, considering that the PS3 is the only Sony product I ca think of that would use rumble (currently too much added weight and not practical enough for the PSP). Welcome back to the PS3 rumble. I wonder what this means for SplitFish lol.

P.S. I watched Arrested Development too, and it is one of the funniest shows I have ever watched. It's a shame that the show was canceled (damn you Fox!), but at least a movie could be made in the future, which could lead to a future revival of the series.
"Gob: It ain't easy being white.
Franklin: It ain't easy being brown."

Posted at 1:38PM on Mar 2nd 2007 by Someone

3. Not less than a week ago Phil Harrison said rumble was "last gen."

"I believe that the Sixaxis controller offers game designers and developers far more opportunity for future innovation than rumble ever did. Now, [b]rumble I think was the last generation feature; it's not the next-generation feature[/b]. I think motion sensitivity is. [b]And we don't see the need to do that[/b]. Having said that, there will be specific game function controllers, potentially like steering wheels that do include vibration or feedback function--not from us but from third parties."

Posted at 1:45PM on Mar 2nd 2007 by boodah

4. I'm psyched. I don't care what Phil Harrison said, rumble is cool to have and I will welcome it.

I'm glad I never bought a second controller and look forward to buying a rumble equipped Sixaxis controller.

Phil, cash is in hand, let's go!

Posted at 2:02PM on Mar 2nd 2007 by FrankTheCrank

5. I have a question about the tilt functions in the SIXAXIS (SUXASSES to me). I read on one of these posts that the Motorstorm demo uses the tilt functions. I have R:FoM and Motorstorm Demo, F1 Demo and I can't get the tilt functions to work on any of these games. I've looked through the settings on the XMB and can't find anything. Why can't I get the tilt to work???

Posted at 2:13PM on Mar 2nd 2007 by Rob Holiday

6. I hope so. If Sony adds rumble, then MS will add Motion Control. Since they're in a dick measuring contest right now. And then (hopefully) everybody wins!

Posted at 2:24PM on Mar 2nd 2007 by Virtua Fanboy

7. Arrested Developement was by far my favorite show during its time on the air. I own all three seasons and can't get enough of them. Hilarious.

Anyways, its nice that the PS3 will probably be getting rumble back, but does that mean people have to buy all new $50 controllers? Ouch.

Posted at 2:50PM on Mar 2nd 2007 by Geoff Gibson

8. We can sit around all day and talk about Bob Loblog...

Posted at 3:16PM on Mar 2nd 2007 by Mike B

9. "I have R:FoM and Motorstorm Demo, F1 Demo and I can't get the tilt functions to work on any of these games"

Resistance - Single player: Only works when zombies leahc on to you, shake the controller to push them off. Multiplayer: Tilt one way to get a scoreboard, tilt the other to get a map (only if you're human)

Motorstorm - Pause the game you moron, bottom option.

Posted at 3:34PM on Mar 2nd 2007 by Extinction

10. maybe sony could like have ppl trade in their old controllers for new ones with rumble. thatd be cool but very unlikely.

Posted at 4:09PM on Mar 2nd 2007 by me

11. But, but... rumble is so last-gen!

Sony fanboys... never cease to amaze me.

Posted at 4:14PM on Mar 2nd 2007 by Arno

12. FAMILY LOVE MICHAEL

Posted at 4:15PM on Mar 2nd 2007 by akgrown

13. Arrested development was one of the greatest comedies ever made.

I'm thinking it'll take about a year if not more before we get rumble-enabled controllers. There's still legal stuff to work out, and then R&D.

Hopefully, it'll be similar to the 360's rumble, which is REALLY strong compared to the Dualshock 2s, which is exactly why rumble never impressed me, it was too weak.

And games released before rumble will almost definitely be able to be patched. I suppose games that only run off of the BD-ROM and don't access installed HDD info may not be able to be patched, but we'll see...

Posted at 4:27PM on Mar 2nd 2007 by Stef Geiger

14. Wow. Sony are forbidden from using Immersion tech: "Runble is old news"

Sony and Immersion are happy again: "Rumble is leet and cool".

Quit acting so surprised. It's what marketing people do.

Do you think they were going to come out and say "You can't have rumble because we're having our asses owned in court."? Any marketing person delivering that line to the press would be looking for a new job before the ink dried.

Posted at 4:32PM on Mar 2nd 2007 by ck

15. "But, but... rumble is so last-gen!

Sony fanboys... never cease to amaze me."

Xbox fanboys never cease to amaze me. The fact that Phil Harrison said that it doesn't mean that fans of playstation agree.

As someone said above, if you expected them to say "we're being sued for that", you have problems that can't be fixed.

Posted at 4:48PM on Mar 2nd 2007 by bootsielon

16. #14-

best comment ever.

Posted at 5:39PM on Mar 2nd 2007 by corn_fest

17. "As someone said above, if you expected them to say "we're being sued for that", you have problems that can't be fixed.

Posted at 4:48PM on Mar 2nd 2007 by bootsielon"

They didn't have to say it, everybody already knew but instead of leaving the elephant in the room alone and moving on, they decided to try and pile enough bullshit in front of it so you could see it. Then, tried to spin it as if it was never going in in the first place.
For the record, I hope they put it in because the console can only benefit from it, all fanboy feces flinging aside.

Say what you will about the PS3, but you have to admit that Sony's PR department is a joke at best and if you see otherwise, you REALLY have problems that can't be fixed.

Posted at 6:26PM on Mar 2nd 2007 by Grundle

18. Not to long ago Sony Fanboys didn't "need" rumble that it was stupid in comparison to motion sensing and now it's great again! I guess Microsoft and Nintendo had it right from the start!

Posted at 9:56PM on Mar 2nd 2007 by Azorean

19. All this means is that Sony took their shot in all of the Court of Appeals legal cases, and they lost the final one. As a result, Sony was forced to pay the $97 million to use the Immersion vibration technology in ANY of their products, including the PS2...that is why there is a reference to Sony paying all of the "back-royalties."

Now, as far as the future is concerned, Sony has made it clear that they don't want to pay all of those royalty fees for the full use in the PS3. They have made that very clear time after time. When we see any type of controller device using rumble or vibration technology from Immersion on the Playstation 3, it won't be a first-party device from Sony.

A very strong indicator of this fact is the way that Sony's Phil Harrison, on February 26, 2007, said that "Rumble is a 'last generation' feature" that Sony is not interested in supporting.

Phil Harrison then goes on to day that you might see "Function Controllers" dedicated to things like Steering-Wheels, but he specifically says that those would be produced by third-parties, and dedicated to certain types of games...it will not be included in the Sony first-party controller packed in with the system...that would obviously be a STUPID move, because all of the current Playstation owners would say, "Sony sucks, because now I have to buy two more controllers!!!"

Sony made the move to go without Rumble technology, and now they are living with it. The business agreement that happened in the courts is simply referring to the fact that the PS3 could "potentially" be used as a Rumble platform, IF the proper Royalty fees were paid. Sony has made it clear that this is not part of the Playstation 3; they say that is a "last generation technology." But, game designers might include that sort of thing in racing games...so that is an improvment, if you feel like buying a racing wheel.

Take a look at this hyperlink for proof of what I am saying: h ttp://www.1up.com/do/newsStory?cId=3157501

Here is what the article says:

The reason Sony didn't incorporate rumble into SIXAXIS wasn't related to a lawsuit over patent rights, but because it was a "last generation feature," according to Sony's president of worldwide studios Phil Harrison. Speaking to GameDaily BIZ, the outspoken exec. dashed hopes of the feature making a comeback later in PlayStation 3's life:

"I believe that the Sixaxis controller offers game designers and developers far more opportunity for future innovation than rumble ever did. Now, rumble I think was the last generation feature; it's not the next-generation feature. I think motion sensitivity is. And we don't see the need to do that. Having said that, there will be specific game function controllers, potentially like steering wheels that do include vibration or feedback function -- not from us but from third parties."

Posted at 10:04PM on Mar 2nd 2007 by UTP

20. Dude,

Have you seen the music video that talks about how the Playstation 3 has been killed because its games suck and it is so expensive, LOL.

Take a look at this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R98qC0fd_1w

Posted at 10:14PM on Mar 2nd 2007 by Billy Smith

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