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Picking up the PS3 version of DiRT? It's ready to rumble

John Yan recently took the time to tour the booths at E3 and came away with his impressions for a few games, but one bit near the end caught our attention above all else. He saw the PS3 version of Colin McRae's DiRT and claimed it looked more refined than the 360 and PC counterparts. We're not worried about the graphics and all that, though. There was something else that piqued our interest.

There was a rumble option in the game's options screen. John asked the folks showcasing the game if the rumble feature would exist in the final product for the PS3 and they answered yes. DiRT is prepared to take advantage of the new rumble feature coming to the Sixaxis controller in a matter of months. Isn't that exciting? The controller isn't out yet, but game developers are already prepared to offer the feature in their games. It's great news for all of us, especially those who really need to feel some vibrations in their hands. You know who you are!

[Thanks, John!]

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1. Don't think this is too huge of a deal - though it is nice to have some confirmation that rumble exists and the specs have been locked down, and that there are likely developer versions. I'll bet that every first party game (and plenty of third party ones) will get updated to support rumble within a month of the controller coming out.

Posted at 8:41AM on Jul 16th 2007 by Stef Geiger

2. Why the picture of Motorstorm then O.o

Posted at 8:42AM on Jul 16th 2007 by Fohamm

3. "2. Why the picture of Motorstorm then O.o"
thats what i was thinking?

Posted at 8:46AM on Jul 16th 2007 by Luke

4. Probably because Motorstorm is awesome.

Posted at 9:14AM on Jul 16th 2007 by upz

5. #4: It's for the SIXAXIS rumble too, not just the steering wheel. :)
Another great game for the PS3, I wonder where we'll get the money to buy all of them? (Warhawk, LittleBigPlanet, Heavenly Sword, Assassin's Creed, DiRT, Lair, Killzone 2, etc.)

Posted at 9:54AM on Jul 16th 2007 by Darkdrium777

6. i dont think it is a motorstorm picture. it just looks like it. its prolly a picture from DiRT.

Posted at 9:58AM on Jul 16th 2007 by nick

7. http://www.ugo.com/images/galleries/motorstorm_games/motorstorm_1.jpg

Nope. Definitely a promo shot for Motorstorm. Though the color palatte is subdued so it tends to look more like DiRT.

Posted at 10:30AM on Jul 16th 2007 by upz

8. Am I the only one who doesn't really care for rumble controllers anymore?

Posted at 10:34AM on Jul 16th 2007 by Chris

9. FTW SELECT MUSUC ON XMB!!!!!!!!!


http://img529.imageshack.us/img529/46/ps32id2.jpg

Posted at 10:37AM on Jul 16th 2007 by psn:ummfada

10. ahhh who cares what the pic is from....al i can see is the word rumble in the sisaxis coming soon!(ok thats six words)

Posted at 10:38AM on Jul 16th 2007 by linton

11. At least it's not a Project Gotham Picture...


Zing!

Posted at 10:41AM on Jul 16th 2007 by silence

12. @10: That's cool! So we're getting the ability to play our own music during games!?

Posted at 10:47AM on Jul 16th 2007 by Brian Spence

13. I would have to say that it is designed around the ps2 wheels unless they said, "yes, the rumble feature will stay in, and it will be for the new rumble sixaxis."

I doubt that the developers have any inside information on a rumble controler being released in the near future.

It's even stated in a recent article posted here that they are intending to support the PS3 wheel - http://www.ps3fanboy.com/2007/07/12/dirt-for-the-ps3-looks-fantastic-compared-to-the-360/ .

With that combined with Sony stating that they don't have any plans, as of yet, to make a rumble controler, I would say it's safe to bet that this is prolly only for the wheel.

Posted at 10:54AM on Jul 16th 2007 by Wonderflex

14. ummfada, the image no longer works. Got another link?

Chris, I don't care for rumble either - never really did. Though Crazy Taxi for the Dreamcast did a great job with it and had me thinking for a while that maybe I did care. For some people it seems to be a huge deal though, so if it helps PS3 sales, I'm all for it.

Posted at 11:11AM on Jul 16th 2007 by upz

15. "I doubt that the developers have any inside information on a rumble controler being released in the near future."

How can you say that??? You know the developers have got to have info on rumble so they can start putting it in their games before the controller comes out. It's called common sense!!!

Posted at 11:20AM on Jul 16th 2007 by steve

16. tretorman. I believe Nick was saying he wasn't worried, because its already been stated in various articles that the graphics were on a higher level than the 360 version since their getting personal optimization tips and tricks from sony this time around. So for this article, it wasn't totally important.

I think if someone doesn't have a wheel, rumble is important, because especially in such a technical game, you NEED to understand your car, and know when its losing grip, when you're gaining grip, what kinda road you're running on, and little rumbles and "touchsenses" are what sorta defines that.

But as long as full force feedback is implemented on the logitech driving force pro, I don't mind at all =).

Posted at 11:36AM on Jul 16th 2007 by Dahk

17. Yeah its probably for force feedback driving wheels... although it would be nice to think they're bringing us a rumble controller sometime soon.

Posted at 2:23PM on Jul 16th 2007 by Tom Eccles

18. THERE!!! are all of you happy now??? A RUMBLE controller will be here in the near future... In my opinion rumble is cool, but not that necessary and it hasn't been bothering me at all not having it in the present. Rumble is more of a gimmick that doesn't really add or take away from gameplay, which what really matters. Like I said a gimmick, a cool gimmick at that, but a gimmick none the less.

Posted at 3:46PM on Jul 16th 2007 by never$$hort

19. @Need4SpeedPR: This is kinda getting as bad as that Zapruder film! (You know - the one where JFK gets shot?) Now, look at frame 260, as you can see, the dev's thumb on the right stick goes back, and to the side... BACK and to the side... BACK... lol! =D

Posted at 8:41PM on Jul 16th 2007 by Consolcwby

20. Gimmicky? I dunno man, I don't really like it for shooters, but in driving games it kinda lets you know how close you are to the edge of the road. It also lets you know how much that set of rounds that you are walking through is hurting in a shooter, and lets not forget how cool the Dual Shock was in Metal Gear when Psycho Mantis told you to put it down during his whole schpeel. Must have? Not really, but if I can get rumble for the same price, and an option in the games to turn it off, why hate on it. Besides, the new rumble could be sick. Speaking of which, they have to deliver on it now. I'm NOT expecting a dual shock rumble here. I wanna feel it promenently in the wings of the controller, and several different sensations at the same time. This shit needs to be cold as hell...its a make or break feature for some, especially if you real want people to cross over from their 360s...

Posted at 7:38AM on Jul 17th 2007 by Titty Pink

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