[Hardware Review] DualShock 3

Oh, c'mon, what you do think we're going to say? Buy one. Now.
Author: Sam Bishop
Published: April 15, 2008
There's almost no reason to even write this hardware review (well, beyond the fact that Sony was nice enough to kick down a controller to go along with our sexy, sexy imported white DualShock 3, so now we can have proper multiplayer sessions here), but there may be one or two of you poor souls out there still wondering if it's worth the extra $5 for rumble.


YES. IT IS. Review over.

In all seriousness, though, this is a no-brainer. It's not even a question of "if" as far as I'm concerned; you're getting rumble back, something that was sorely missed -- if not in PS3 games than at least in PS2 games played through the PS3 -- but more than that you're getting a controller that no longer drops the Bluetooth signal when you're in a crucial corner on the last lap of an online race, the weight just feels... right, and the build quality is better. The SIXAXIS' quasi-transparent plastic was thin and felt a little cheap; g'head, grab one, grip it tightly and tweak it a little (I said a little). Hear that squeak? Yeah, the DualShock 3 doesn't do that. At all. Solid.

Everything else about the controller, honestly, is just as it should be otherwise, though. The buttons feel right (and yes, I'm one of those apparent space aliens that actually likes the triggers as they are), though I'll concede that this was an opportunity for Sony to maybe tweak things a little more. Concaved analog sticks were actually around back when the first Dual Analog controller shipped, but they convex rubberized ones quickly replaced it when it came time for rumbling.

Playing "what-if" with the design, however, is probably best left to a discussion thread on our forums or something. Instead, I'll just point out that the DualShock takes everything that is good about the last two generations of PlayStation hardware's controller and makes it wireless. The battery life rocks, the weight and feel is killer and honestly, even if you don't like rumble, the build quality and sync issues should be reason enough to invest in at least one.

Verdict: Buy It!