Feature: Ready to Rumble: PS3 DualShock 3 vs. Sixaxis
We crack open the PS3's new DualShock 3 to see how this new rumble-enhanced controller compares to the Sixaxis and DualShock 2.
We screamed, cried and begged for rumble, and Sony came has finally come through. The PS3's new DualShock 3 controller has been out in Japan since late last year, but doesn't hit the rest of the planet until next month. So we imported one and gave it a test drive, then cracked open the DualShock 3 to see what kind of changes Sony made to make rumble happen. We also opened up an original Sixaxis and a PS2 DualShock 2 for comparison. Take a look at the pics to see what we found.
The original Sixaxis. In bright light, the casing is slightly see-through, producing a little bit of a cheap-o look.
The new DualShock 3. Notice the solid black casing, unlike the slightly see-through Sixaxis. It's 40% heavier than the Sixaxis, giving it a more sturdy feel.
In regard to how it plays, the DualShock 3 (top) feels slightly weaker than the PS2's DualShock 2 vibration--likely a concession to prolong battery life--but it's strong enough to give you a solid jolt. The DualShock 3 also feels weightier and more satisfying than the original Sixaxis (bottom). Overall, it's clearly the definitive version of a classic controller that's seen over 10 years of action.
They look the same, but once you hold the DualShock 3, there's no going back.