You know the history – Sony got sued (and lost) by Immersion Technology over the rumble gadgetry it used in its PS2 controllers.
So Sony hurriedly copied Nintendo’s Wii motion controls when PS3 time came around, thinking it might give them an easy way out of coming to a compromise with Immersion. But no one liked SIXAXIS, even though Sony shovelled loads of awkward motion control bits into PS3 games in order to make SIXAXIS look like a good idea.
Amazingly, Sony want to make up for this MASSIVE ERROR by charging you lots of money to buy a DualShock3 – the “new” rumbling version of the PS3 controller – that’s set to launch here this Spring. Perhaps that’s how it is planning to make PS3 profitable?
Or… you could buy one of these. It’s a simple solution that adds rumble, of a sort, to your SIXAXIS controller, by clipping a module to the bottom of the pad. The rumble is then triggered by a vast USB base station that plugs into your PS3.
Clearly it won’t be very good. But then neither was SIXAXIS, so PS3 owners are used to holding rubbish bits of plastic in their hands.