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      17.08.2014 07:53
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      Great controller with interesting Dualshock and Sixaxis functions

      When I bought my Playstation 3 a couple of years ago, it came with only one controller. Since I like gaming the most when playing together, I decided to buy an extra Dualshock 3 Wireless controller. The controller is available for around £40. I bought the black controller, but it is also available in white, silver, blue, red and some other editions.

      The controller is wireless, which is a great advantage compared to the Playstation 2 controller. An USB-cable is included in the package and can be used to charge the wireless controller. The controller is fully charged in around two to three hours. I don’t know the exact battery life, but with some occational use you can certainly play for a couple of days.

      Looking at the design of the controller, on the left side there are the arrow keys, in the middle there is a start, home and select button, and on the right side is a joystick located. Finally, there are shoulder buttons on the back row of the controller. The design of the controller does not only look very good, it also fits perfectly in your hands and gaming with it is very comfortable.

      The two main extra’s this controller offers are Dualshock and Sixaxis. The Dualshock function can also be described as the vibration function. When there are certain things happening during a game, this transforms into a rumble to be feeled by the player through the controller. An example of this is racing off-track in a racing game or explosions in a action game.

      Sixaxis is a motion-sensing technology. The technology is not integrated in all Playstation 3 games, but I find it a good addition in the games that it is used in. For example, in the Uncharted game series, you can tilt the controller back to jump backwards from a cliff or rock. Just those simple and small additions make some games even better to play and also keep the pace in the game.

      All in all, I can really recommend the Dualshock controller by Sony. Although £40 is quite expensive for a controller only, the design and functions are perfect in my opinion and it leads to a great gaming experience. That is why I give the Dualshock controller a 5 out of 5 stars rating.



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        16.11.2013 21:50
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        Keeps me gaming!

        What would a Playstation be without a dualshock? An elaborate paperweight, that's what. A controller allows you to actually do things with the wonderful machine that is the PS3. They're not cheap, costing £39.99 new from Game, however they can be purchased second hand from game and other places like ebay, and obviously it might be worth investing in multiple contollers if you want to play games with friends.

        The dualshock is charged by a standard usb line, I find it takes about 1-2 hours to charge, but once it's charged it lasts for ages. Seriously, I probably charge my controller less than once a month and I use my machine about 2-3 times a week for a few hours at a time. The controller has a serious of lights which flash when they're running low, you also get prompts on the screen.

        The controller is wireless and runs on bluetooth I think. It works in any situation - sometimes when it's cold in winter I can keep my hands under the duvet in bed and it still works! The controller is black and discrete, made of a smooth plastic. I find it very comfortable and that it fits in my hands perfectly. I never feel that I have to stretch or strain. The sixaxis has a variety of buttons;

        PS button - This allows you to turn the console on remotely, or when it's on it allows you to access the top menu when in a game. You can also use it to turn the console off remotely and it allows you to eject a disk through the menu buttons.

        Start button - commonly used to pause games/films. Often a menu button in games

        Select - Can be used in films to see how much you've watched, or can be used as a separate menu button in games

        Directional arrows to the left - use to move around menus etc, or to do things like change weapons in games

        Analogue sticks - left stick can be used to navigate menus. Generally in games left stick is to move around, right is to move camera. Some people find them hard to get used to at first but I find them brilliant for gaming. They can also be pressed (often referred to as L3 and R3) for additional use in games.

        x, square, triangle, circle - generally game buttons with varying uses. X is often select and circle is move back

        L1, L2, R1, R2 - Buttons that are to the back of the controller and you use your index and second fingers to use. Often used for gun aiming/shooting in games, or to run. They can be used to fast forward and rewind on films and programmes.

        The original Playstation 3 controller on launch was the Sixaxis, which we also own in this household. The Dualshock was bought out at a later stage, and the key different is that the Dualshock vibrates! It's very good technology in that the vibrations vary - for example if you're on GTA driving over some rough terrain it will shake (or 'rumble') slightly, whereas if you full on drive into a wall it will vibrate like crazy! The Dualshock technology does make for a slightly heavier controller but the weight isn't bad and the vibration does add to the game - I feel strange if I pick up an old controller by accident and it remains static!

        Overall the Dualshock (or even a basic Sixaxis) is a necessity if you want to actually use your Playstation 3, but it's very well designed and comfortable to use. The position of the buttons takes a bit of getting used to for newbies, but it's not hard to get hold of. The rumble function really adds to game enjoyability. 5 stars from me - the price doesn't bother me as I got one when I bought my machine and I don't tend to play games with people in the same room!

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        03.03.2013 16:18
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        A functional pad with a few decent features and a hefty price tag.

        As the PS3 runs down to its twilight years I find myself selling a number of different controllers for it. None of the third party controllers that I've sold have ever lived up to the original however. In fact I've had a number of customers return their cheaper controllers and exchange them for a Duel Shock 3 despite the £43 price point.

        The Duel Shock 3 was an update to the original Six Axis controller. Like the original the Duel Shock 3 comes with an option for Six Axis controls. This means that the controller has a limited motion control ability. This has been utilised very well in games like Heavy Rain where you could shake the controller in order to mimic the actions you have taken on screen. For the most part however this is a minor gimmick that few developers even bother to remember. Although if you are going to invest in a PlayStation Move kit then this controller can save you money, as you can use this in place of the second Move controller itself.

        What makes this controller special however is the very feature it is named after. The Duel Shock 3 sees a return to the Duel Force rumble feature that was first introduced on the original Playstation. It can make games a lot more immersive when the vibrational pad is used correctly; such as in driving games where the pad simulates the vibration of the engine. It can also be used quite comically as seen in one cut scene for Metal Gear Solid 4.

        Still the good thing about the Duel Shock 3 is that it genuinely is a solid pad outside of these 2 gimmicks. The pad is a decent enough size for most people; although can be slightly too small for those with larger hands. It carries over the same functional M shape as the older model PlayStation pads and so is immediately comfortable for seasoned gamers. The rarely used directional buttons are on the Left side of the pad, and the four action buttons are on the Right. Each of these buttons are analogue buttons; which means that each has a degree of pressure sensitivity. This helps when playing fighting games, as pressing the buttons harder can inflict more damage.

        In the centre of these two sets of buttons are the expected start and select buttons. Then there are two analogue joysticks; again pressure sensitive, that you will be using for most of your gaming time. If I'm honest I find these sticks a little too loose, and prefer the stiffer sticks of the Xbox360 pads. Other people disagree with me regularly, but I just find them too sensitive to offer a true feeling of control.

        At the back of the pad are two shoulder buttons and two trigger keys. For me this is where the pad begins the falter. These trigger buttons are used more often than any other button, but are located so high up that my fingers often miss them during a frantic game. You can purchase some third party 'trigger guards' for a small price that extends the range down by an inch or so. This helps immensely as long as you can accept the added expense.

        The only other feature of note is that the controller is completely wireless. It connects to the PS3 using a Blue Tooth connection with a fairly solid range. No additional dongles are required as the controller connects directly to your PS3. It also comes with an internal battery that can be charged up using a standard micro USB cable. Others have complained to me that this internal battery means that when the battery dies the controller dies. I haven't noticed as I've had my PS3 for around 5 years and have never had to replace the controller.

        These days the Duel Shock 3 is available in a variety of colors. Personally I will always favor the original Black that gives the controller a very sleek look that sits well next to your PS3 on the table. Personally I find that effect somewhat diminished when you shade the controller in either Bright Red or Blue.

        The one sting to this controller is its price tag as £42.99 is a lot to ask for a game controller. However with the sofisticated electronics found in a modern game controllers this is becoming the general rule. Besides which when you factor in the cost of either batteries or external chargers, then the Duel Shock 3 actually works out as cheaper than the Xbox360 Wireless Controller.

        Whether that price is worth it will depend on how frequently you like to play. You can get third party controllers for a fraction of the price but they are not designed with the level of functionality found here, and are very uncomfortable to hold. Other than the trigger buttons the Duel Shock 3 is a very comfortable controller to hold, and so will be worth the money for those who spend a few hours a day gaming.

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        07.09.2011 02:06
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        On my top list for controllers

        Having been away for a while due to computer trouble has left me with itchy keyboard fingers, and during that time, iv'e had plenty of time to think about reviews and play some sweet games, but having enjoyed writing a review of the Xbox controller so much and with a lovely comment left by a member that made me feel somewhat wanted, I thought i'd take a little look at one of my other favourite controllers, that of the PS3. So without further "ado" (spelling?) let's take a spin on the PS3 six axis dual shock controller (long name i know).

        Suddenly iv'e decided that the first thing i'm going to write about when reviewing controllers is the shoulder buttons, coming from an earlier generation of gaming, it took a while to get used to the idea of these so called "shoulder buttons", it offered a new spectrum in the control of computer games, and as games became more complex, so did the controllers, i hate to criticise, and i mean really hate to criticise (or compare for that matter), but when we look back at the N64 controllers, frankly, it's a mess, how many buttons, and how many super cramp hand positions where needed to weild that baby! So at least in the early days of modern gaming, Sony kept a fairly simple design that still survives today with the advent of the Dual shock controller for the PS3..... So any way, shoulder buttons.

        Let's talk FPS (first person shooter) anyone who's played one knows the importance of that all important trigger button, the playstation usually favours R1 or the R2 shoulder button, the R2 has a curved aspect and your finger can sit in the groove on the controllers back so it's often used for quick moves (reloading weapons and such), as your finger can leap up while another finger sits firmly on R1 providing heavy gunfire or other actions. R1 retains a flat aspect and your fingers can comfortably reach it at all times, naturally the L1 and L2 buttons are the same design. Now, the controllers horns reach down at an angle, meaning that when holding the controller your hand pressure allows you to access both the shoulder buttons and analogues sticks with absolute ease, nothing short of fabulous design there, but of course, it's down to the game developers to make sure this is utilised to full effect.

        A word about the analogue sticks, Sony has favoured a large, mushroom shaped design with a textured top, to avoid fingers slipping off them, they work well, and I find it easy to move between gentle and harsh movement, an example would be walking in RPG's which requires soft analogue control, or running which just requires you to full throttle the analogue and push it right to the edge, the analogue provides enough resistance for optimum control.

        A big problem i have with a lot of controllers is moving between the analogue and D-pad, a lot of controllers get it very wrong, some games utilise both the analogue and D-pad and sometimes the movement needs to be quick, my favourite design for solving this problem is the X-box 360 controller, the Dual shock has the D-pad positioned above left of the analogue stick, making movement fairly easy once your used to the controller, it's not the worst iv'e seen, but it's not the best and it makes up for it in other ways, so changing the controller design after so long would be silly. Your image of me is probably sitting at my keyboard with a sony baseball hat PS3 t-shirt and tomb raider undies and crash bandicoot socks, but seriously i'm not being a fanboy, the controllers design has one or two minor flaws, but changing them would just create another couple of minor flaws, so sticking to that classic design has been good for sony.

        Triangle, Square, Circle, Ex.. ahhh, in years to come, it could be as famous as Nintendos A and B, sony would dare not change it, and looking at a PS1 controller (appreciate it, because it took me ages to dig one out of the classic controller box!)' the design and button type has barely changed other than a sleeker design, and the fact of the matter is, at least i believe, is that gamers love a bit of familiarity, and the familiar layout and button type helps us familiarise ourselves with each of sonys consoles, so even when the PS4 rolls around, hopefully the controller will remain the same, and Playstation fans (crash bandicoot socks anyone?) will flock to the stores comfortable in the knowledge that the beloved six axis dual shock is the same as ever.

        Wires are gone by the way, the controller supports wireless, with a USB charging cable that fits the front of the console as opposed to having a large battery pack, think that does help with keeping the controller size at a minimum and retaining that sleek design. Start and select button anyone? select on the left, start on the right, would you believe it's been that way since at least 1985 with the release of the NES?
        Of course there is now a PS button in the center, acting as the on/off button, favouring a less lit up version than the Xbox controller.... I wanted lights....

        All in all, don't go third party for your playstation controllers, you just can't beat a classic design for a classic controller, and hopefully Sony will keep us in Six Axis for years to come.

        ©peckinpigeon

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          15.07.2011 05:28
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          A great controller to make gaming that little bit better.

          I bought my PS3 about 3 years ago now and at the time they only came with the basic 'Sixaxis' pads. These controllers are almost exactly the same as the Dual shock ones in terms of ability, but the the Dual shock controllers have vibration which is what makes it unique. Having an Xbox 360 aswell as a PS3 meant that i played alot of my games with vibration as the Xbox 360 controllers have it and so when i went out to buy a new controller for my PS3 for times when friends come over etc i decided to get a Dualshock one.

          The design of the Dualshock controller and the Sixaxis controller are exactly identical. Both have the same buttons: D Pad, two anologue sticks, sqaure/circle/x/triangle buttons, start button, select button, home button, and two trigger buttons on the right shoulder of the pad and same for the left.

          the pad is wireless and runs of batteries which are built in and so you don;t have to keep buying batteries etc as you simply charge it up by plugging the USB cbale that's provided from your controller to the USB port on the front of your console. The battery for me lasts about 6-7 hours. I think it depends on the game you play as on FIFA there's very little vibration and only comes on at times like penalties or when you hit the post, whereas on shooting games it may vibrate every time you shoot bullets! The good thing though is that you can still play at the same time as it's charging so you'll never get those moments when your rushing around the house trying to find any battery that you can get!

          I feel this controller is definately heavier that the Sixaxis that comes with the console. However it isn't too heavy and in fact in my opinion it makes the controller more comfortable to play with as is the case with the heavy Xbox 360 controllers.

          The vibration itself is the key to the Dualshock controller. It makes the games alot more realistic. For example when playing FIFA you may smash the ball onto the bar and the controller will vibrate as the bar would shake in real life. An even better example is when your in a penalty shootout and your the final player to take a penalty.. It shakes as it shows the players has a,ot of pressure on him so it makes you feel the pressure too! Another thing is the vibration is not always the same and sometimes it's weaker and sometimes stronger which is good as it makes it more realistic rather than boring.

          The price of this is quite expensive at around £30. But these days most high end controllers are this price if you want the official ones but to be honest it's worth it as you will be using the product every day if you like gaming so it's better to pay for the quality in my opinion.

          Overall, great controller. Much better than the original Sixaxis controller as it has vibration and also the fact that it's heavier makes it more wnjoyable and comfortable to hold.

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          10.06.2011 17:44

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          best games controller on the market

          first of all I would like to say I have been a massive gamer since I could hold a controller, From racing games to 1st person shooting games, Arcade styles to rpgs anything with an amazing story line where I can sit for hours and play, So the controller is a very important part of the gaming experience and I feel the playstation 3 controller truly ticks all of the boxes.

          I titled the review 'if it ain't broke. Don't fix it' because Sony seemed to get it right the first time with the playstation 1 and have carried on to tweak it up to the playstation 3. The controller fits comfortably in your hand and your fingers fall on the buttons, making game play very fluent and natural. Analog sticks are very smooth and responsive, some may argue that it would be better with a dent like on the 360 controller but the grip does the same job and I don't really don't think it makes a difference. The buttons are very easy to press and I really like the trigger like L2/R2 buttons, great for shooting games like cod or medal of honour.

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          30.05.2011 09:43
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          Sony Dualshock 3

          A few years ago I bought a Playstation 3 and that came with a Sixaxis controller. The problem is that it came with one controller and not much fun when friends come over because you want to play against each other! I decided to buy a new controller and came across the Dual Shock 3 controller.

          The controller looks exactly like its predecessor, the Sixaxis controller, the controller is also available in more colours. The controller is exactly the same as the Sixaxis only the controller is quite a bit heavier and is a bit getting used to.

          The controller is wireless and you can play around 5 hours without recharging it. Charing can be done via the included USB cable and you can charge the controller while you are using it.

          The dual shock has the following buttons;

          L1, L2 (the buttons on the left index finger)
          R2, R2 (the buttons with your right index finger)
          Left stick (use your thumb with your left mainly for walking / driving)
          Right stick (use your right thumb mainly looking around)
          The arrow keys (could also be used for walking / driving but also for certain actions)
          Square, Triangle, X, Circle (used for all the different actions)
          Select and Start button (self-explanatory)
          And last but not least the Playstation button (with this button you will go to the Playstation)

          Through the vibrator (shock) some games feel are more realistic when you for example fire a weapon or when you make a collision you can feel the controller shaking. The level of vibration also vary to make it even more realistic.

          The price of 30 pounds I think is a disadvantage but you do get worth your money. It's always something you don't consider when buying a game console that you need to buy this to. But I would say it's worth the money with the vibration and it's really easy and comfortable to use.

          The advantages of this controller are of course vibration for that extra realism. The motion as you can see a nice extra a convenient USB connector that you can plug into your Playstation.

          The Dual Shock is a great controller with great features that improves the realism of the games. This controller is a must for anyone with a Play station 3.

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            25.04.2011 12:17
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            A great controller and easy and fun to use.

            The controller is not hollow inside though it is light. You can easily hold it up to your neck and play without getting tired. There are a number of buttons which press in easy and are picked up by the console very quickly in millisecond. The buttons feel good and so does the controller in your hand when playing games.
            Setup is fairly simple, connect it to your PS3, it's then registered then that's you! You may need to give it a charge when first using it, not for long though. You can still use it while it's charging which it's good and it doesn't effect the gameplay in any way. It doesn't take long to charge up and then you have it for hours. It warns you when you need to charge it and even after that you can still use it for a while. You simply plug it into the front of your PS3 to charge, simple and quick!

            The analogue stick's feel soft and easy to work. They spin round easily and can be pressed in. They can twist into any angle and are very sensitive. The X, Triangle, Square and Circle button are easily pressed in and ar labeled on them what they are and the shape on them is also coloured. The back buttons are good and the bottom back push in very far backwards. The arrow buttons (D-PAD) can only be pressed one at a time. The Home button is see through and is round and can be pressed in far. The controller is Six-Axis which means it is interactive. Some racing games support SIX-AXIS. You tilt your controller from side to side to steer. You can also push it up, down, forward, back and they are all recognized and done in the game a millisecond later.

            The controller doesn't brake easy, I have dropped it a lot and nothing has went wrong with it. It's hard plastic but feels very soft and light in your hands. It also tells you what player you are by signaling with a little red light at the top of the controller next to the number.

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            27.01.2011 17:50

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            VERY good product.

            Honestly, words cannot say how much more I love this controller compared to the Sixaxis wireless controller for the PS3. This controller may not look like it can do much, but I can safely say that the Rumbling feature is 100% the same as the Dual Shock 2 for the PS2!

            First off, the weight difference is significant compared to the Sixaxis. You can tell no doubt which controller is which once you pick up both a Sixaxis and Dual Shock 3.

            Second, there are LOTS of colors to choose from when it comes to buying it. Black, White, Red, Blue, Grey, and many others.

            Now, to review on the rumbling itself, well, IT'S AWESOME!!! It's 100% accurate once something happens in a game where the controller is supposed to rumble and it gives you that feeling of awesomeness when playing games that have the rumble feature.

            The ONLY real con I have to say about this controller is that once every so often, it can drain the battery a bit quickly, but hey, I would take this controller 100 times as much compared to the Sixaxis.

            Overall, no doubt this product deserves 100 stars, but I can only give it 5.

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            The sony dual shock controller is great to use and is well made as long as you get an official product and not a copy or cheaper version of it. I like the controller shape and style and find it easy to use.

            I think the materials used are good and the controller is very responsive when I use it when gaming. I like the layout of the controller and it makes for easy use. The controller fits my hands well and is not tiring to use.

            The size of the controller is good and the spaces for the analogue sticks are better placed than with the x box controllers. Thats makes the sony controller more comfortable to use when gaming. I get less hand cramps when I use these controllers and I think the feel is very good.


            The plastic material used to make the controller body is long lasting and I think it has a heavy duty feel. I haven't had any problems with my controllers and they work as well as when they were new. I have dropped them but they have not been damaged in any way and work as well as they ever did.

            I like the colour range you can get as well. I have both black plastic and coloured plastic versions and they both work well for me. The red controller looks great and the blue is fine too. I am not as keen on the white but it is a matter of choice I guess. Whatever the colour of the controller body they all work the same way when you use them.

            The dual shock 3 controller vibrates when its being used and enhances game play to give a more realistic game. The rumble or movement from the controller changes when playing different games in different ways. I like this and I think it adapts well to the games I use it with. There are sixaxis functions for motion sensing/ activation and this gives good reliability.


            The controller has a total of 19 control buttons including the 2 analogue sticks that you can click in. You can click the sticks in for different gaming options and they pop back up with no problems when released. The home button is well placed and easy to use and I like how it works.

            You can charge the controller quickly. A short charge will allow a good length of game play. I haven't timed it but it seems to last well even with a short charge. You get a usb cable with the controller and can plug that in to the ps3 or any other usb port. I think thats very useful and like that feature a lot.

            I would recommend the controller for use with the ps3 because it makes game play better and the whole set up is very easy to use. The controllers can sell for £39.99 in game shops but its cheaper to buy online and places like amazon have them for £32.99. I think that is a good saving.

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            17.11.2010 00:53
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            The best console controller by a clear margin, but room to improve for the next evolution.

            Sony's Dual Shock 3 (DS3) controller is the latest in the evolving series of controllers that began with the original Dual Shock pad that was released late in the PS1's lifetime. But I use the word 'evolve' quite loosely as in reality it's quite a strong term to use to describe the changes that have been made to the design and functionality over the three generations. In fact, bar the absence of a cable, you'll find it very difficult to notice any cosmetic difference between the DS3 and the previous two iterations, and that's because, apart from some slightly re-shaped triggers there isn't much in it.

            For the sake of avoiding confusion it's also worth noting that, although the DS3 features Sony's proprietary 'Sixaxis' motion sensing technology, it is not the same as the original Sixaxis controller that shipped with launch PS3s. The key difference is that the original Sixaxis controller did not have any rumble feature (hence it didn't carry the Dual Shock moniker). Sony suffered harsh criticism for this move at the time, and the rumour mill was working overtime to try and explain why they would take the apparent backward step. Although the exact detail was never clear, the most popular theory was that it stemmed from the legal action being pursued by a company claiming that the rumble technology used by both Sony and Microsoft in their controllers had potentially infringed on a patent they already held. Whatever the truth, the absence was short lived and the DS3 was launched in 2008, although it took a little while before there was widespread support for the rumble function in games (this was overcome in many cases by retrospective patches being released for older games).

            So how does the thing perform? Well, to start with, as with previous iterations, the DS3 feels very comfortable in the hands. It has a slightly more tactile surface than the previous versions, but the button configuration is exactly the same as before; so you get two textured concave analogue sticks, a d-pad, the familiar square, triangle, circle and cross buttons, select and start buttons and shoulder buttons and triggers (i.e. L1/R1 and L2/R2 buttons). You also get the central PS button, bearing the Playstation logo, which has slightly different functions depending on whether you are in-game or not when you press it, and whether or not you tap once or hold down.

            The buttons are all comfortable to press, and being pressure sensitive this is important. The face buttons on the Xbox360 controller by comparison are far more uncomfortable to use. Both the triggers and analogue sticks are weighted well, and comfortable to use. However, that said, some people (not me) find the triggers difficult to use due to the distinctly un-trigger like curvature to them (i.e. concave not convex). This took a few days of getting used to, but after that I found I got used to the shape and adapted my grip so that I don't notice it now. I regularly switch between PS3 and 360 controllers and don't have any problem using the different shaped triggers. People with larger hands may find this more of an issue as the controller itself is smaller than the Xbox360 controller (which is better suited to a range of hand sizes). I find the DS3 to be particularly effective for driving/racing games, as I find the combination of analogue sticks and trigger buttons to be more ergonomically arranged than on the 360 controller, but that said I find the 360 controller a more comfortable layout for first person shooters. I'm not sure exactly why that is, but that's how it feels to me. That's not to say that the DS3 is lacking in this respect, as it is a great all rounder for any games, and the fact that the button layout hasn't changed since the original PS1 pad from 15 years ago is testament to the fact that it works very well indeed. Thank goodness they gave up on those ridiculous looking boomerang shaped concept controllers that appeared in early PS3 marketing material...

            Two particular points of note besides the functional qualities as a controller are the battery life and wireless (Bluetooth) range. The controller can charged by hooking up any USB cable with a mini-USB plug at one end (to connect to the controller), and my experience of charging is that it is not only very quick (again, compared to the 360 controller), but also that it has an exceptionally long battery life; I reckon I get 20+ hours gaming on a single charge from both my DS3 controllers. That's particularly impressive given I've had them both over 2 years now and I use them daily. Additionally, the DS3 can be powered down independently from the PS3 if you need to (e.g. if you're downloading a demo from the PS Store) so you can conserve the battery life when the console is still on but you're not needing to use the controller. As far as range goes, it may as well be limitless and works from the farthest reaches of my house. Now admittedly in a real world practical sense that's not particularly useful, and I'd have to say I also have the same experience with the 360 controller, but it's good not to have to worry about it nonetheless.

            I have to mention one intermittent issue I've had with the controller regarding connection. Occasionally, for no apparent reason, when turning the PS3 on the DS3 will not sync with the console and the only way to make it do so is to first connect it via a USB cable and then press the PS button to turn it on and make it sync. I've read online forums that seem to suggest certain firmware updates have caused this type of issue intermittently in the past, but that may be just hearsay. Whatever the case, it's infrequent and not too much of a hassle, but a little irritating when it occurs.

            Last thing to mention is build quality, which is the potential Achilles' heel for the DS3 in my opinion. It's not bad by any stretch, but under heavy use it does start to feel a little on the flimsy side. Particularly when playing racing games, when there can be a tendency to grip the controller quite hard, and twist your hands a little, I have found both my DS3s start making creaking noises that makes me feel like they are coming apart. On close inspection they aren't, but at the same time they don't feel as solid as I'd like. Also, I've had to superglue the left analogue stick on one of my DS3s as the tactile cover on the top split around the base of the circular top, about three quarters of the way around. Again, I suspect this was down to overly heavy use in racing games, but again it made me question the quality of materials used given this would obviously be a part of the controller that would be under a lot of pressure. However, my superglue repair has held up for over a year now without the need for any further attention.

            All in all, although I've been quite picky above, I still consider the DS3 to be the best controller on the market, for the PS3 or any other console. It isn't perfect due to the issues I've described above, but the ergonomic design is pretty close to the ideal and stands up in usability and comfort terms, even for extended periods of gaming. I have no hesitation in recommending the DS3.

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            14.11.2010 20:38

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            Personally not what I look for in a controller.

            As many advantages as Sony's DualShock 3 controller boasts, it unfortunately has just as many disadvantages, if not more.

            The pad is noticeably light and thus comfortable to hold for extended periods of time. The surface also has a soft-touch coat which is non-slip and extremely smooth. The most attractive feature however is the very responsive D-Pad. Each button is separated well and once pushed, it seems solid and reliable.

            In the bottom centre is the PS button which is basically Sony's Xbox Guide button from the 360. It allows you to open up the dashboard to view messages, your profile, settings, friends (if you're connected to PSN) and so forth. If held down you can choose to turn the controller or console off and this can also be used to turn the PS3 on.

            The two stark disappointments in design are the triggers and analog sticks. Both are convex causing consistent slipping and the need for additional accessories such as 'Real Trigger' attachments and "FPS Freeks'. Microsoft chose a concave design which is far superior - there is no slipping and it certainly adds to a more enjoyable experience in trigger-heavy games such as shooters and racers. Furthermore, I personally do not like having parallel analog sticks and would prefer the D-Pad and left analog stick to be switched over.

            Overall, the DualShock 3 has some great features such as vibration combined with the SIXAXIS function, however, the cons outlined above overshadowed them in my opinion and caused continued discomfort. If you don't mind parallel sticks and convex designs are not a big deal then you may very well find the pad pleasant.

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            10.11.2010 16:59
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            A decent controller though nothing spectacular

            Sony Dualshock 3


            The sony Dualshock controller was given to us by a friend when they had no more need for it. At first glance, it looks exactly like the standard PlayStation 3 controller apart from the words 'Dualshock 3' written on it. The similarities end there, though, with this Dualshock being fitted with a 'rumble' and the weight of the controller feeling much heavier than that of the original.

            There are two small directional thumb buttons which move around as well as act as extra buttons, four action buttons, three menu buttons, four top buttons and a motion control. You would be forgiven in thinking that this controller is overcrowded, though as the original, it is well spaced out on the easy to hold controller.

            We have now had this controller for a couple of months, and our friend had it a while before that and so far, we have had no problems with it with regards to game play in the main. Most buttons are easy to use and non-sticky yet occasionally, I have found some to be over-sensitive which results in something happening in game play which you did not expect. The vibrations on the controller are strong yet not strong enough to hinder game play. I do admit, the first time our little one took hold of the controller during a game, they were frightened silly by it, though for adults, this is nothing too different to other vibrating controllers.

            This controller is also wireless which could cause some problems with it falling out of range, though so far no problems here either. I believe the range is a 20 metre range so unless you have a huge room, this should be fine. The controllers use battery power and can last up to 30 hours without vibration though a lot less with constant vibration use, yet still quite enough for a lot of hours game play at once.

            Is this controller a good one?

            Yes, I would have to say so. There are a few minor issues though it is as good as the original.

            Is it better than the original controller?

            To be honest, no. It is neither better nor worse. I would not have gone and bought this if my original controller had been fine. We only use it as we were given it and to be honest, there is not much of a difference.

            Recommended, though!

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            great design and quality item

            I'm a bit of a big kid when it comes to gaming and absolutely love nothing better than to play on the Wii or the playstation 3 when I have a few hours to spare in the evening.
            I also play online war games and much prefer this than sitting in front of the television watching soaps.
            The games are more interactive and some of the graphic you get are amazing and now with this Sony Dualshock 3 the games feel more exciting and intence to play.

            A Sony Dualshock 3 will cost you anything from £20 - £40 depending on where you buy it from, you can buy them from Curry's, Dixons, Amazon and Game shops as wellas other retail shops, it pays to shop around to get the best price. I got mine for £25 from the game shop in my local town.

            This is a wireless controller and it has rechargable batteries and you can buy a PDP Energizer Power & Play Charging System to go with it which will cost you £19 and charge the batteries fast for you to play the games again and again.
            It also has rumble support technology for added realism and interaction during play, which means if your playing car driving games the rumble will come on when your cornering to fast, or taking a bend in the road wrong and gives you the feel of the game in your hands. Also it gives a realistic eliment to any war game.

            The controls are easy to use and the design has stayed the same for this model like all the other controllers, it has the menu button, start button and left right, up and down button as well as the toggles to navigate the game and the top buttons on the handles.
            Once you have been playing the games a while you will find that you only use certain buttons depending on your preference to the toggle or the navigation buttons which are the circle, square, triangle and cross buttons.

            I like it being wireless as this gives you freedom to be able to be a little way from the screen with the wired one you have only a short distance from the screen and this can sometimes strain the eyes. This wireless option is much better for you.

            Altogether it is a better controller than it's older models, it's responsive and easy to handle, it has the familiar controls as the others and is a reasonable price to pay for the extra sensativity you get with the rumble when playing the games.

            I love it.

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            Undoubtedly one of the best made games console controllers ever made...

            Aaaah, the Dualshock controller, passed down through two generations of gaming, the iconic Playstation One and Two, included a Dualshock controller. I remember the launch day of the PS3. Sometime in March 2006 I think it was. It came bundled with the Sixaxis controller, it incorporated a new feature in Dualshock controllers. Motion Sensing. It worked well although many games don't include use of it. It had one major disadvantage, lack of rumble, and in my opinion is one of the main things needed in a games console controller. Feedback is essential! Shortly after, the Dualshock 3 was released, it improved on the sixaxis with inclusion of rumble. I instantly purchased it. The other main features, are the built in battery, so that you won't have go go out and splash out on extra money for separate batteries. However if the battery died, you would have to buy another Dualshock. The method of charging is slightly strange as one can't charge the controller while the PS3 is off. However with 3rd party accessories it is possible. These accessories tend to be rather expensive though, so I would recommend just charging controllers in shifts if you have more than one. Tbe actual feel of the controller is very nice, I am aware that some may believe that the controller is too small, and awkward to use, but I completely disagree. it's nice and snug and fits right into your hands. Well, that depends on the size of your hands. When pitted against the Xbox 360's controller I am in a predicament as both are wonderfully made comfortable controllers but in my honest opinion I hand the award to the Dualshock 3 because of the added functionality and built in battery.

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