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This is the PS3s basic official controller. There is this, the SIXAXIS, and there is the Dualshock 3. The only difference between the two devices is that the Dualshock has a rumble effect whereas the SIXAXIS does not.
By removing a rumble effect in this controller, the device is cheaper and lighter than its counterpart. Some people prefer the extra weight of the Dualshock but if, like me, you prefer it light, this is the one for you. By not having a rumble effect, if you are once again like me, you will not have a mild heart attack when you crash into a wall at high speeds in a racing game and the game pad violently squirms in your hands.
I have tried many controllers in the past and this seems to be amongst the most responsive by far. As soon as a button is click, it gets recognised - essential for high-paced, fast action games such as Call of Duty.
The controller charges reasonable fast and does not use up the power quickly, it seems incredibly efficient. Charging it up for an hour will give me more than enough charge for a weeks worth of gaming!
The Sixaxis is a Ps3 controller. Back at the release of the first ps3's they were the controllers you tended to get free with the console. For a start they are decent and really i would much rather pay around £15-£20 for one of those than £30-£50 for a dual shock 3 controller. The dual shock 3 controller is actually much heavier than the Sixaxis for whatever reason and has the "vibrate" ability. This is basically when the controller vibrates due to different things happening in a game, for example a grenade exploding. The analogue sticks on the Sixaxis in my opinion are actually easier to use. To me the dualshock controllers analogue sticks are harder to use as once you push them down a little bit they just slip and is hard to stop it in between for precise gaming. One real problem with the Sixaxis though and i have experienced this is that if you leave the controller for a long time this sort of grease starts to form on the controller. Now i have no idea what this is but its happened to two of my controllers and has also happened to one of my friends controllers. This grease isn't much of a problem though as you can simply just wipe it off. The buttons and analogue sticks on the Sixaxis do wear down faster than the dual shock. I found that within a few months my Sixaxis analogue stick was squeaking as i moved it and buttons I had used most frequently were needing a little extra effort to do anything. In my opinion, yes the Sixaxis is going to break faster than the dual shock but if your not some hardcore gamer which i myself am then i don't see why you shouldn't buy one of these instead of a dual shock controller. It will save you a lot of money and really even though i am a hardcore gamer I think I will stick to the Sixaxis controllers in future.
This review is also on Ciao under the username Connor131
The Sony Sixaxis controller is the next controller from sony up from the dualshock 2 controller, and is for the playstation 3.
The main changes from the sixaxis to the dualshock 2 are that; one, it is wireless so there is no annoying wire getting in your way anymore, and two, there is no dualshock in the control so it doesn't vibrate anymore.
So one good point na done bad so far.
The wireless is a great addition to the control it gives much more freedom when playing, as you are not restricted by distance from the wire, although obviously you have to be within reasonable distance to be within the wireless signal area. Also as it is wireless is uses battery power and has to be charged, but the good thing is it can be charged directly through the playstation 3 through a usb wire, rather than having to invest in lots of new battery's like with the wii. This also means that you can play while charging, so it doesn't matter if you run out of battery halfway through a game and you can just play through the wire like with the old control.
The other main point is the lack of dualshock this is a mistake in my opinion and it made gameplay that little more enjoyable. The exclusion of it also makes the control lighter which is kind of good and bad, lighter is always good, but you still want a bit of weight to feel like you are actually holding something of substance in your hand, and I think the controller is just that little bit too light.
Another addition is that the control has motion sensing capabilities. This isn't the same as the wii be the control can detect when shake or turn the control, and isn't really a necessary addition, and feels like something added on late after the success of the wii. It can be used for racing games by turning the control left or right, but doesn't work all the great and I never use the motion control if I can.
Everything else is just like the old controller used on the playstation 2, shape is the same and buttons and analogue are all in the same place, which is all good as it was a well designed control in the first place, and if it ain't broke then don't fix it. Buttons all feel a good distance from each other and are easy to reach and control.
Overall this is a great controller for the playstation 3 and is a good improvement, the wireless is especially good. Although it is disappointing to see the exclusion of the dualshock, it is still an improvement on the old control and a necessity for your playstation 3.
The Sixasis is the controller that came packaged with the original PS3 console. When sony brought out the PS3 console they had issues with the licensing if vibration support within controllers. Even without the Dualshock support this is still an extremely good option.
The first thing you notice is that it is very light indeed. Its comfortable to hold and well made. All the seams are perfect and all buttons are easily within reach when playing.
With two options for directional controls, one D pad and a pair of analougue joysticks this often gives you the choice of controls in game to suit your style.
All of the action buttons are pressure sensitive so a soft touch can make very precise in game adjustments, great for sports games such as golf where your inputs must be just right.
The astounding feature of the Sixaxis gives it it's name. The controller can accurately map its orientation in space along, meaning you can control many games just be steering your controller. The mapping is very accurate and fast making this a very user friendly way for people to play, even if they are not usually gamers.
In my opinion the Dualshock controller is the one to use, but if your looking for a cheap second controller, this is far better than cheaper third party versions.
At £30 these controllers are in my opinion, a bit expensive. I guess they are wireless and have an accelerometer over the old PS2 controllers but still :/
That being said I only have one niggle with the PS3 controller - which is it's size - evidently it was designed for Japanese hands; it's a little on the small size and hence it doesn't 'sit' in the hands as comfortably as it could.
Apart from this the controller works like it should. Buttons still work after your friends have mashed them brutally on Tekken 6 and there's never any false input from the joysticks.
They also seem to withstand how I accidentally knock them off the side from time to time. However, if you squeeze the controller's body you can feel it creek a little - but I guess it is plastic after all.
Anyway, I'd say the PS3 controller is good I just wish it was a little bigger.
When the playstation 3 was released the control pads had been redeveloped too.
The shape was the same,the buttons were the same. The size of the pad was the same, it had two analogue sticks still.
So what had Sony actually done to improve the pad.
Well visually nothing really, instead there was a deeper development going on inside the pad. Say hello to and welcome the Sony six axis Playstation 3 pad. The pad had movement sensors built in, this meant the pad would be able to control in game actions by movement.
The pad could be tipped front to back, tilted from left to right and turned. So you guessed correctly, some racing games meant you could turn the pad to turn your car! Woohoo. This system is very clever and has been utilised in the Wii for ages too.
The pad is now also wireless and comes with a small cable to recharge the battery from your Playstation 3's USB port. The charging does not take too long, and due to their being not motors inside the pads battery lasts for a very long time, which is very impressive.
The pad was lighter than the previous incarnations too, due to the fact there was no dual shock part to it. This was a little disheartening, the previous pads allowed you to feel your game, unfrotunately not so with the new pad.
So now the six axis control pad had an addition of the new PS button located underneath the start and select buttons (where the analogue button and led used to sit). This meant you could easily quit games without having to reset the console or go back to your Playstation 3's home screen.
So overall a Playstation pad thats wireless has an awesome battery life and has exceptional motion sensors, can it get any better?
Well it did, check out the dual shock 3. The six axis pad was given two motors as well, see my other review on it.
an upgrade to the PS2 controller and new features include the sixaixs (motion senser - a bit like the wii controller) - its much lighter than its predecessor - it has a mini-USB port for charging anytime - its wireless (bluetooth) - the R2 and L2 have become trigger buttons - easy to setup. there are now many accessories for this joypad i.e. mini keyboard, extension triggers for the back buttons and even cahrging stands. this has been a definite improvement from the previous controller. it also has the vibration funtion built-in but is not as great as the dualshock which rumbles hence its cheaper but its worth it. it also has a PS button in the middle which allows you turn the controller off when not in use and can be used to turn on the PS3 (with later firmwire on the PS3). overall its a good buy and you wont be dissappointed.
This would be it! Sonys Sixaxis controller is the earlier model bundled with the 60GB and 40GB PS3s.
The controller itself is finished in black like the console and its look is much the same as the old Playstation 2 controller. Upon closer inspection you will see a few new buttons like the home button and the triggers on the back of the controller have been made bigger along with the absence of any wire!
Using the controller couldn't be simpler, you power it on with the home button and it will register automatically with your Playstation 3. The controller is wireless so does require batteries but instead of AAs it is built in and is charged with a USB wire, you can also use the controller and charge it at the same time which is very handy.
The controller is comfortable to hold and easy to use and has a classic layout that you will be familiar with if you had a Playstation 2. Sony have even incorporated a cool motion sensor in it which practically every game has a go at using, its nowhere near as good as the one in the Wii remote though.
The only small fault I can find with it is that there is now no rumble in it but if this really bothers you it will please you that it has been addressed with the newer controllers which are called DualShock 3.
An excellent controller overall and you can get them at quite reasonable prices now that there is a newer model out there.
These controleers are super reliable and I have had mine for over 2 years since the release day of the PS3. It suprises me that they have never had any problems, especially with the abuse they go through. The charge is still really good on them, and I'm always using my PS3.
The controller is brilliantwith connectivity and everythinhg else there have never been any problems and these are so simple to set up, just plug in via the USB to charge and the PS3 you plug them into will sync itself with the controller, no fuss.
The lack of vibration feeback support on these controllers is not a big deal, they may feel slightly light, but that means they are easier to hold and that you do not even notice that they are that light unless you use a dualchock 3 controller. However if you want the vibration that badly then fork out for some new controllers, if you are not that bothered, in that case get a pair of these or something.
I've been using my six axis controllers for two years now and I have not needed to replace them, as yet.
They were part of a bundle with my console and are the original six axis format without the dual shock.
The advantages of the six axis controller are:-
The controllers are very light and atleast half the weight of the XBox controller.
They have the tried and tested Playstation controller layout, similar to the PS2 and PS1 design.
They are sturdy and do not break after being dropped, many times.
The new Playstation button in the centre allows quick access to the Home menu.
The six-axis function is an interesting feature, but has no real use in games as yet.
The battery life is also very good and the controllers rarely require charging.
The disadvantages are that:-
New L2 & R2 trigger buttons can become irritating.
The analogue stick rubber covers can become worn and may fall off revealing the plastic underneath.
There is no dualshock function.
Overall, the Sixaxis controller is a great controller and its lightweight design set it apart from its rivals.
Sony finally came out with the PS3 after a long long wait (at least in the UK) with revolutionary graphics, media, internet connectivity and various other things. Sadly the controller was not one of them, if anything it's a step backwards from the PS2's controller.
Although the new controller is wireless as standard and charges with a USB cable (included) it still feels massively small in the hands, and lacks the dualshock functions of the previous generation, or the more recently released dualshock 3.
On the plus point the new controller comes with sixaxis, which is like a dumbed down version of the wiimote's motion sensitive controls, sadly it hasn't been used to great effect in any games I've played but does allow for a little more sensitivity of control than might otherwise be possible.
One particular thing of note compared to the previous generation is that the trigger's designs have changed, this is neither a positive or a negative really, it's much a matter of preference, just depends what you prefer I think.
I don't think there's that much that can be said about this specific product...it's a controller. However, I'll give an account of my experiences of this controller over the past two years.
I got two of these sixaxis controllers free with my PS3 so was able to rotate between using one and charging the other, hopefully allowing me to prolong the usability of the contollers. Unfortunately, after about a year and a half ( and many hours of use, 200+ ) the left analogue stick on both controllers began to squeak and stick. I'm pretty sure the analogue bashing involved in Beijing Olympics contributed highly to this.
The main disadvantages of this for me is when I'm playing Call of Duty and I'm hiding behind an object and without realising have begun slowly moving out into the open. The second most annoying thing is at night when I'm trying to keep the noise down, I can't. Squeak, squeak, squeak rings out around the house. I tried taking one of them apart to try and clean the analogue sticks, but this was a bad decision. Once I got into it I found out the ball which the sticks swivel on are covered by a cicuit board thingy and I didn't want to touch that. So after about 3 or four hours (literally) of trying to put it togerther again I managed it. The time taken was mainly down to many parts falling all over the place during the taking apart process.
Now to the biggest positive for the controllers - the battery.
When it was announced that the controllres were going to be wireless I was thinking that they would last about an hour or two before needing re-charged, which would then take about 2 hours to charge. But this is definetely not the case. The battery lasts for about 4-5 hours I would say without needing re-charged and once they do it only takes about half an hour for full battery life to be resumed.
For me the actual sixaxis function isn't that important. Unless a PS3 version of Wii Sports comes out then I don't see that much use for this function. Virtua Tennis allows sixaxis to be used, but you also have to control the player by tilting the controller, which is very difficult.
The actual controller itself is very lightweight, but you will get used to this very quickly. The buttons are easy to press, but I do have to minor problems with the buttons. At one point the X button was sticking on one of the controllers, but this fixed itslef. The other thing I have noticed is that the L3/R3 buttons are harder to push than the new Dualshock 3 controller, which I bought because of the squeaking.
The last thing I would like to mention is that if you're holding the analogue stick in one direction your finger may slip off, a small dent like the Xbox controllers have may be useful. Analogue covers with both dents and small grips can be bought if you find this too much of a nuisance. Also, I've heard people saying their fingers slip off the R2/L2 buttons, but for me this hasn't been the case.
All in all a good controller which has served me well, considering the amount of use I have had out of it. I still use the Sixaxis if I'm playing during the day, but I have to use the Dualshock 3 at night. If you don't play your PS3 that much and don't mind the vibration function then I would recommend this controller, although I think it's only an extra £5 for a Dualshock 3.
The original ps3 controller. Design of the playstation 3 controller went through many different looks and rumours, until they decided to stick with the playstation 3 layopur of the control, however with a new generation controller there had to be changes and making them wireless was defantely top of the list in this department.
The sixaxis controller is completely wireless, except for when charging, which is done through a small USB cable which plugs into the playstation but this allows you you to play and charge at the same time which is very handy when your controller decided to die on you half way through a level.
With a new playstation button been added just below the start and select button you can turn the playstation on from across the room, the ultimate lazy tool but one many people like, as you can do this with the 360 as well.
8 controllers can be simultaneosuly linked to your playstaion at once allowing for huge multiplayer scenarios.
Now where the sixaxis really comes into play, is in game such as Drakes Fortune where you use the control to balance by keeping it steady and leaning it right and left to steer and move across beams. This is an awesome added feature and can also be used in NBA to literally shoot the ball at three throws.
Only thing missing sony, where has vibrations gone in this controller??
Sony Playstation 3 White Sixaxis Wireless Controller
I got the White PS3 controller yesterday when i got my 40GB White PS3 from Japan shipped over to the UK. The console plays Region free games! The packaging came with the white controller, cables, white console and manuals. But i am going to write a review on the 40GB White Playstation 3. I havn't used the controller much but I will review of what I think so far of the controller.
About the White Sixaxis PlayStation 3 Controller.
The controller is ceramic white, with black buttons. It comes in Black, White or Silver! It is very light controller some times you don't even know that it is in your hand! It has got Sixaxis built in but doesn't have Dualshock so it doesn't vibrate! Sixaxis means that when you tilt the controller right in a car racing game your car turns right! And when you turn left the car turns left! It's a motion sensitive controller like the Nintendo Wii.
I really like the Ceramic White PS3 controller it looks nice with the White console. And it looks good because it is very rare to buy in the UK. On ebay the controller cost me £40 because i bought a second Controller so I have two white PS3 sixaxis controllers, One came with the Console and one I bought for £40. But the Controllers are price from £30 to £40. They are a very good controller. They can work on any PS3 console in the World, PAL,NTSC, 20GB, 40GB, 60GB, 80GB or the 160GB PS3 console. The controller is also Bluetooth To the PS3 console and has a Mini USB port on the top of the controller so you can charge via PS3 console. Mini USB to USB 2.0 Cable comes with Controller!
I actually managed to get 2 Sixaxis controllers when I ordered my PS3 and like most of you will have read below I was very very happy for the first 8-12 months.
After what I believe to not be unreasonable amounts of usage 4-12 hours a week over 8 months the sixaxis element of the controller has packed in. In fact on one of my controllers the analogue stick fell off!!
The other issue is that they are not cheap! £20 for a controller is expensive, and lets face it, the wireless element has a lot to do with this. Don't get me wrong I do like it but I happened to have left my charger wire (which is incredily short by the way!) at a friends house and have since not been able to use the PS3 at all!
I agree with the majority of the sentiments on this site that it is a nice gadget to start with but in the long run I think a move away from the gimmick that is Six-Axis is always going to happen. I see that Sony have brought our a playstation 2 controller without a wire for twice the price, decide for yourself.