Product Type: Sony game controllers
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Sony Dualshock 3
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Sony Dualshock 3
Advantages: Same good design, rumble feature, motion sensor
Disadvantages: non-removable battery, only charge through PS3, short battery life, motion sensor is terrible
The dualshock has always been the best controller of any console, however Sony's decided to remove the rumble feature when the Playstation 3 was first released. Sony decided that to go with a poor motion sensor controller, named SixthAxis. However, Sony bowed to public pressure and eventually incorporated the rumble feature into the PS3 controller, and still kept the motion sensor.
The rumble feature was not heavily support on earlier games and many did not upgrade to support rumble. The situation now is that almost all games support rumble feature so there is no porblem in that sense.
The controller itself is still as robust as ever and I have had no problems with them, other than through over use. That came from playing Call of Duty too much and the result was that the left Analogue stick was stuck in an up position constantly. Sony did replace the controller though without any problems.
There are however problems with the controller. The charging is done via USB to mini-USB cable form the PS3 to the controller. This is the first problem. You'd expect the controller with USB charging to be able to charge from any device with USB output...not so. The controller won't charge from most PC's which makes no sense. The charging can only be done via the PS3 and even then that is only when the PS3 is on.
The battery life itself is not that great either and once it has completly run down the controller will need to be replaced.
One last problem is the price of the controller, which in some places is £34.99 which is a ridiculously high price for a controller.
Summary: Still the best controller ergonomically but poor battery life.