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Sony Unveil New PS3 Controller

Posted by Anthony Dickens

Sony release huge amounts of information about the PS3 and its new controller design.

Alas the boomerang is no more. After Sony were heavily criticised last year for its PS3 controller design, they've decided to go back to basics and have re-adopted the DualShock shape, however of course, they have added a few new things.

"The controller for PS3 has been created by refining and improving the world’s most popular PlayStation controller that has shipped more than several hundred million units worldwide, while inheriting its basic concept and design. The controller for PS3 employs breakthrough technology of high-precision, highly sensitive six-axis sensing system that does not require any devices other than the controller itself for seamless interactive operation, thus eliminating additional settings to TVs. With this technology, ways to enjoy PS3 will be further enhanced by accessing PS3 through the network, while retaining the six-axis sensing capability.

In addition to the “3-posture-axis” of roll, pitch and yaw, “3-dimension acceleration information (X, Y, and Z)” can be detected in high-precision and in real-time. In addition to standard key input available in existing controllers, more natural and more intuitive play will become possible as if the controller has become part of your body."

What does that mean? Tilt sensitivity. Basically you can tilt your controller in different directions and the PS3 will understand the movement, like when your playing a driving game you can tilt it left and right.

What doesn't this mean? No, its not a direct copy of the Wii remote, the Wii controller has a motion sensor that will detect full 360 movement, you won't be able to swing your PS3 controller around like a sword or a tennis racket, but you will have a really fun time with Super Monkey Ball.

Nintendo should see this as a good sign, Sony obviously can see that Nintendo have a good idea and I doubt this was in their original PS3 plans.

Lets see what it can do.

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User Comments (5)

The_Stig

#1

The_Stig said:

Great to see Sony's made a vast improvement over the controller design..........

Nanaki

#2

Nanaki said:

Its going to be interesting how many launch games actually use this feature. Chances are that most games were made before Sony came up with this unique idea.

Nanaki

#4

Nanaki said:

Yeah, but they have now reverted to the boring design... also they have what looks like a guide button there, was that on the orignal Batmarang?

KingKRoolStaff

#5

KingKRool said:

I actually liked the boomerang design. It looked horrible but I bet it felt great to hold. I liked the curves.

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