Product Type: Sony game controllers
Newest Review: ... the SIXAXIS does not. By removing a rumble effect in this controller, the device is cheaper and lighter than its counterpart. Some people... more
Look no wires
Member Name: bubblepop
Advantages: wireless, easy to use
Disadvantages: no dualshock
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.
Summary: A great control