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If it's not broken, then don't fix it. While the original PS3 controller design was one that was a horrible boomerang shape, Sony eventually redesigned the controller to the familiar look of the both the PS1 and PS2's controller.
While on the surface the controller looks no different to it's PS2 predecessor; still containing two analogue sticks, a d-pad, 4 shoulders buttons, and the familiar face buttons, the PS3 controller contained a couple of new features. The first new feature was the ability to use the controller wirelessly, with the option to plug the controller into the PS3 to charge, giving it an advantage over the Xbox 360's battery pack.
The second feature added to the PS3 controller is the six-axis feature. This features allows the players to tilt the controller to affect things that happen in game. While most games either ignore the feature or use it to add something superficial, other games, such as heavy rain, rely on it heavily.
While I much prefer the analogue stick layout of the Xbox 360 controller, there is no doubt that the PS3's six axis controller is still one of the best controllers on the market. It is nice and light, easy to hold, and the rechargeable battery inside the controller is a fantastic feature
When the Playstation 3 was originally announced, Sony revealed an unusual boomerang-shaped design which looked horrendously uncomfortable to hold and many wondered how they were going to manage to play their favourite games with such an odd controller.
Fortunately, Sony quickly seen the error of their ways and binned the hideous design and reverted back to the design that everybody is familiar with from the original Playstation and Playstation 2.
The Playstation 3 contoller is very similar to the Playstation 2 in design, however, small tweaks have made it the best Playstation controller so far.
The most notable of these tweaks is the addition of analogue triggers for the L2 and R2 buttons. This essentially gives even more buttons than before, as different actions can be assigned in-game, depending on how hard you pull the triggers.
Some people who are less familiar with the Playstation controllers may not like the positioning of the analogue sticks. Other controllers like the XBox and Gamecube feature the left analogue stick above a d-pad and the right one lower down. It's all really personal preference, but some people may find it awkward having the analogue sticks next to each other. Also, as there's no grip on these sticks, it's common for thumbs to slide off of them.
The controller itself features motion control, but few games are using this now with the addition of Playstation Move which outclasses the Playstation controller in every aspect. It also contains rumble (which isn't really anything more special than the rumble on any other controller) as well as an internal battery, which can be charged via USB.
The Sony Six axis dual shock 3 controller is in my opinion the best controller out there, it is the most comfortable to hold out of all the consoles controllers and also the most durable and reliable.
Six axis refers to the ablity to be able to tilt and move the controller to control certain aspects in particular games, the dual shock aspect refers to the vibration function and the 3 refers to the fact that it is the third controller for the third playstation - the Playstation 3.
The controller is very comfortable to hold in your hand and the basic design and shape has been consistant through the Playstation 1, 2 an 3 so it feels familiar. The controls are sensitive, particularly the analog sticks and the d-pad is the best out there.
Set up is very simple, you can connect it to any PS3 simply by connecting the mini usb cable to the controller and then to the console, then press the PS button on the middle of the pad - the light will flash for a few seconds then one light will stay lit, and its done.
The controller iself is completely wireless and rechargable, no buying batteries or having to buy a play and charge kit. The battery life is long lasting and you can charge it whilst your playing and via any usb port.
The controllers now come in many colours - black, red, blue, white, pink and now gold which was released this week. They retail for around £49.99 which is extremely expensive, for some reason sony have decided to increase the price of them, they used to cost around £34.99-£39.99. No idea why they have increased in price, but you can find them cheaper if you shop around online or go for a pre-owned one.
In my opinion these are great controllers, they are comfortable, sensitive and long lasting and durable. My particular favourite is the white one, which I think looks the nicest. In july they are releasing a white PS3 Slim so I might just have to upgrade my black one to one of these :)
This controller came with my PS3 and has mainly been used for first person shooter games. The controller has a ton of wear and tear,mlots of scratches, marks etc and so far it hasnt broken down or malfunctioned. The PS Button was a little loose when new and could move around slightly in place but this is my ownly build quality complaint. It is quite a tough little thing, hard to smash and standing on it wont crack the casing, believe me i've tried.
For comfort this is not as comfortable as an xbox 360 controller and it has to be said at times, i wish it was chunkier, slightly heavier and thicker. The controller just feels like its a bit too shabby, like it is fragile and you should take care ofit. For some lightness might be alright but for me personally i dont like it and it makes the whole thing feel too delicate.
Set up is very simple, just hold down the PS button to begin and thats it. You get some start up help on the web but there is no need for this, its a simple and easy thing to get going. The buttons press in only slightly and the R3 sticks press in with a nice clunking sound. Since the R3 rubber is not smooth like the xbox controllers you do get better grip, but the controller plastic casing itself is smoother, and sweaty hands can cause you to slip about when quickly sliding your fingers across the controller face.
I have never experienced any loss of conectivity or glitching from the controller, and to help you recognise whoch controller you are using, there are 4 LED lights at the top to indicate which "player" the controller is assigned to. This is basically just what order the controller was set up in, so if it was the third controller to join the PS3 for that session, the 3rd LED lights up, you can still use that controller for player 1 by disconnecting, and reconnecting as the forst controller to join the system.
Overall i'd say a well built controller, but not that comfortable and honestly, it feels cheap and fragile compared to the xbox 360 controller. You do get used to it over time but its a pain in the so and so when you're swapping between the two. Believe me if i could use the 360 controller all the time, I would.
The Dual Shock 3 is undoubtedly building upon the solid foundations of both the Dual Shock 1 and 2, and is truly the only controller to be used alonside the PS3..
The build quality of the Dual Shock 3 is fantastic and is solid enough that it feels ultimately comfortable when in use but not so much so it feels too heavy and tiresome after a long gaming session.
The analogue sticks are fantastic and still retain their grip a good couple of years down the line with regular use, unlike the previous iterations of the Dual Shock controllers for PS1 and PS2 respectively. The buttons are responsive and always register a press, the triggers are far superior as they actually feel like triggers. The integration of sixaxis is a bonus ensuring that games make you feel more integrated.
This really is the only controller to be used with the PS3!
We recently bought a PS3 console and it only came with one controller so we decided to buy ourselves a second one so we could play two player games. We had a look on Amazon as I had some vouchers to use up and saw they had a big choice to choose from. We read up all the reviews on there of each of the controllers but decided to buy one of these official sony dual shock controllers as it would be the same as the one that came with it and also it was not that much more money than the cheap ones and they had a bad write up.
The controller is good as it connects to the PS3 wirelessly. This is the first time we had had a wireless game console so it was a big novelty to us to be able to play games without having to the the wire trailing across the room or even worse, having to sit close up to the tv as the wire was not long enough to reach.
The controller did not come with the wire to plug it into the ps3 for charging but this is not a problem as we had one that came with the console. We do not use it every day for hours on end and there are not that many games that we would be using two player versions so we have found that we can usually get away with charging one set of buttons up while playing with the other set.
The battery life at the moment is really good, we have charged up the new ones and have been using them for over a week now without having to recharge them. We have not been on it every day, just may be a little while in the evening if there is nothing on the tv or may be an hour in the afternoon if the grandchildren come round after school.
The buttons on the controller are set out well, they are so similar to the other game consoles that if you have grown up through the ps1 and then the ps2 you would be quite familiar with the set up of them. There area couple of differences, the right and left 2 buttons are lower and feel like they have nothing behind them where as on the ps2 buttons they were just the same as the right and left 1 buttons. This takes a bit of getting used to when you are first using them. The other difference is that they have a red ps3 button on the top in the centre. This is a good thing as you can use it to switch on the console and also use it to get back to the console during a game if you want to quit out of it.
The might be other things these controllers do that we have not yet found out being casual gamers but I must say we are really pleased we bought the proper ones and would highly recommend them. I think we paid £32 for this controller but seeing as I had vouchers anyway it was a good price for us as they should last a long time.
I had owned a ps3 and have gone through many different ps3 controllers, I have tried the cheap versions and expensive copies, but none are as good as te dual shock 3. No other controller can compare. I will now give an overview of why it's so good!
The only downside to these controllers is there expensive price! They are roughly £40, you can sometimes gets them cheaper online or when stores such as game or Hmv have offers on (which is rather rare I have to say). You can buy a cheaper Sony controller, but there are no as good, they are lighter and do not enhance your gaming experience like these do, trust me on that :)
So why are they so good?:
The reason they are the best is due to there weight, they are slightly heavier than the others the market, it's a nice feel to hold them when playing. The extra weight makes using the buttons better, I play better on games such as FIFA and call of duty when using this remote.
What sells it most to me is the fact that it vibrates, the vibration is very good! For games like call of duty, they enhance the feel of the game, when your shot or fall from a height, the remote will react. It's simple but is brilliant! Also on fifa you can feel the tackles and when you hit the bar or post the controller will rattle. When paying with controllers without vibration it frustrates me now because I'm so used to it happening! They may cost nearly double than imitations on the market, but I believe there pure class warrants the extra cash you will pay for them. We have 3 in my house, meaning we have spent over £100 on them. They last long though, my cheap remotes fell apart after a few months, these do not! They are built with quality and I believe they are built to last a long time.
They look great, the main colour you can buy is black, but I think they do other colours. I have seen a few special edition controllers before. I think black looks best. They have the classic for arrows on the left side and four shapes on the right. The two anaologue sticks look and feel great. I much prefer the look of ps3 remotes to Xbox ones. They are stylish and look great.
I will never buy a cheap controller again, this one is perfect and will enhance the enjoyment of most ps3 games. As I said before they are expensive, but they are definitely worth the extra cost. Give them a try, you will be happy with your purchase.
Thanks for reading, hope my review helped you out :)
I own the DualShock 3 Controller for my ps3, and man do I love it. It has the same feel as the origial controller, but with extra weight, and has vibration, whitch I enjoy while playing games such as Call of Duty Black ops and ect.
I also own a Xbox, whitch I never use any more. With the Ps3 haveing free internet I dont really miss it besides halo lol. But with the Xbox controller my hands would cramp up after playing for long period's of time. With the DualShock 3 controller my hands still have yet to cramp up even once, whitch it useful while in a game.
I would have to say the only thing I'm not to fond of is the L1 and R1 triggers are slanted, whitch feels good but time to time i hit one of he triggers on my leg's or my chair, allthough this is my fault i would have to say thats the only problem i have with this controller.
The battery on the controller last me about a day or two befor I need to charge it agin whitch i really like. The cord that you use to charge the controller gives you about five feet or so. Hell that beat's spending money on batterys every week like you do for the Xbox controllers.
I picked up a PS3 just before Christmas after a fairly long gaming dry spell of over a year or so - since I sold my Xbox due to it simply not being used. I work long hours and I have limited free time - and as much I would love to spend hours bludgeoning zombies, conquering nations and battling dragons, I just cant find the free hours in the day. So I thought getting a gaming console might be a great way to live out these things from the comfort of my home. Its a lot less time consuming traversing vast mythical landscapes digitally from the comfort of my sofa, controller in hand. I'm also a bit lazy and getting far to old for things like leaving the house to kill a horde of nazi zombies and what not.
So after having an Xbox for a couple of years, I ran out of time for that too, firing it up once a week for an hour or so at the most. I sold it with no regrets and didn't really miss it. Anyway, a few months ago I got the gaming bug again after hearing endless positive reviews about Skyrim. This game was, and at the time of writing still is, everywhere. Friends adventuring tales in my Facebook news feed pop up everyday, its on TV and its starting to weave itself into popular culture. I wanted it, but needed a new console. I had loved my Xbox, but the console itself didn't overwhelm. I'd never really tried PS3, but had both a PS1 and PS2 - both of which I LOVED (one of the big loves of my teen years, alongside cheap cider and girls), and I heard good stuff. The bluray function, better WiFi connectivity and bigger hard-drive swung me over to PS3 rather than pick up another Xbox.
As soon as I fired it up, I knew I made the right choice and that was mainly down to one thing - this controller. Its simply the best controller out there. I've tried various gaming controllers for PC, XBOX and countless pre-next generation stuff. Neogeo, Megadrive, Mastersystem - I've launched these and many more at various bedroom walls in frustration. Ever since the PS1, Sony have nailed the controller. It first in the hand perfectly, its ergonomic and everything is in the right place. With the Xbox controller you sometimes need to stretch to get some buttons - especially when first using it. The PS3 has no such problems - everything sits where it should, with the buttons used most often in the right places.
So, the Duelshock 3.
This is Sonys latest version, and its got all got everything you need and expect - and more. Firstly, it does the job. Sony have not changed the original design much since PS2, and that was only a slight change up from PS1. They haven't changed it because they nailed it early on. This version fits into the currant gaming climate with a super sensitive rumble, its wireless and has motion sensitive functions. Its far from a Wii experience, but some games will take advantage of the pads ability to know what angle its being held at. An example many PS3 owners might recall being in Uncharted as you help Drake balance as he tip-toes over a tree doubling as make shift bridge.
Being wireless is the best thing here - and this takes advantage of Bluetooth technology. Its works from a fair distance, and I've never met any interference. Rather than have a battery pack like the Xbox controller, this has a built in battery - a much better option. You do't have to buy separate battery here, which is good and you simply charge the controller via a mini USB cable in the port sat at the front of the PS3. It will give you hours and hours of gameplay - I've done about 20 hours of gaming before a charge is needed, and even when I'm Skyrimin' at my most intense this is ample. Battery life is displayed on the menu screen displayed as a percentage.
The PS3 can have upto 4 pads connected at once, for those games and gamers requiring that and knowing who is who is made simple with little red lights on the back of the pad. Much like the Wii the pad has lights, 1-4, on each pad to display who is player 1, player 2 etc. This is a standard function, simply executed.
The rumble this pad kicks out is great - with lots of rumble points over the pad giving the vibration during games a good range. It rattles a little during moments of suspense and really kicks when a game calls for it. As with the Xbox, PS3 pads have a nice PS3 button in the center of the pad - being really hand. Hold it down to turn off, restart or flick to the menu screen - a hand short cut.
Its obvious to say, if you have a PS3 you have one of these. If you are looking for secondary controllers I think its important to rather than give the merits of this pad, but make clear non-official pads simply don't cut it. Many people waste time and money trying other pads when this is simply the only one worth owning. Not only does it work well, its reliable and sets the standard.
If you are considering a PS3 or Xbox, and can't decide - I would really recommend considering the controller. To my mind this is an area where they really differ, with the PS3 really having the edge.
Price wise its not cheap but really worth the investment. £30-£35 new, and £20-£25 used at the time of writing, its more than most games so may seem like a fair whack - but worth it if you are looking for a new pad. You will get years of use from it, it can even survive a few smacks into the wall. In-fact, it usually fairs better than the wall.
When buying official controllers you either have a choice of buying a Sony sixaxis controller or a Sony Dualshock 3 Sixaxis controller.
Dualshock 3 Sixaxis vs. Sixaxis
The Sony sixaxis controller is the same as the dualshock sixaxis controller in both looks and size. The one and only difference that the dualshock controlled consist of is vibration. The vibration makes gaming much more enjoyable as when playing games the slight vibrations make the game more realistic and will make you believe that you yourself are within the game. Due to the vibration function the dualshock 3 controller will weigh slightly more when compared to the sixaxis controller. The controller weighs 192 grams.
Both controllers have sixaxis. The six axis feature is very user friendly and accurate. The sixaxis features the ability to use motion-sensing technology which detects natural and intuitive movements for precision interactive play, acting as a controller that will work upon movement.
For example in a racing game called burnout paradise you are actually able to turn and move the vehicle by the movement of the controller and the user does not have to use the analogue stick.
When compared to the Xbox 360 controllers this controller is much thinner and lightweight. Many Xbox users actually prefer the chunkier controller. However for me and the 'PS3 world' this controller is more preferable as it is lightweight and the analogue stick are placed in very natural position perfect for gaming.
This controller is very hard and durable. This is shown as I have owned my PS3 controllers for around 2 years and I am always chucking the controlled and not once has any of my 2 controllers broken or been damaged. They may have just got dirty from not washing my hands!
Connectivity and battery
All official Sony controllers are connected to the PS3 using blue-tooth connectivity. For first time use, you will need to use the micro USB cable, but thereafter the PS3 system will always recognise your controller and will connect automatically to the PS3 when you press the home button.
To charge the controller you just simply plug the micro USB into the controller and the other end of the cable (USB) into the PS3. You are able to play and charge at the same time which is very useful. Unlike the Xbox controller as they are battery operated and will require new batteries to be placed which isn't very cost effective. The controller takes less than 2 hours to charge and this will provide the user with 30 hours of game play which is astounding and very useful.
The controller has many input buttons/sensors that allow the user to communicate with the PS3. These are:
* Motion sensing and this is of course the well-known sixaxis feature.
* 2× Analogue sticks. This is when you move the analogue stick. These sticks have a 10-bit precision which is accurate and therefore good for gaming.
* 2× analogue triggers. These are the L2 and R2 buttons.
* 6× Pressure sensitive buttons. These are the green triangle, orange circle, red square, blue cross, L1 button and the R1 button.
* Pressure sensitive D-Pad. This is the left side of the controller. (up,down,left and right)
The controller costs £35-40. At most good video game stores such as Game and Currys. On-line stores like Amazon.co.uk and play.com may prove to be cheaper.
The controller is stylish, and very comfortable. It is a must have for any PS3 as it consists of vibration functions which are very hand and much more realistic. Also the price difference between the normal controller and the dualshock one is about £3 so there is really no competition. The controller is very responsive and with the controller you are able to access every part of the system. Furthermore by having two analogue sticks you are able to more around more accurately and this make playing game much more enjoyable. A must have for any gamer!