Well, it’s official, rumble is back. Officially dubbed the Dual Shock 3, Sony has “listened” to its fans and added the most basic of features to their much scoffed-at SIXAXIS controller. Isn’t it amazing?!
Yeah, not really. This should have been implemented with the PS3 before it even came out. This is Sony playing catch-up, but it’s not the cool kind, especially when they make people spend $600 on something that lacks an integral piece of the gaming equation.
And why did I surround the word listen with quotation marks in my introduction, you ask? It’s simple, my dear reader. Other than being clever/snooty, I was trying to point out that Sony knew not having rumble in their PS3 controller was a serious problem the entire time. They didn’t need to listen to their consumers to see if it was a problem or not. Sony isn’t THAT dumb (which is debatable, I’m sure).
What they did need to do was get rid of that pesky lawsuit they had with Immersion, the company responsible for the rumble tech that Sony used in their previous Dual Shock controllers. I’m sure Sony didn’t want to bore you with the details though, which is why we heard nothing about it from them.
How helpful of them. Remind me to send them a Thank You card.
If that lawsuit were settled before the PS3 was released, the SIXAXIS would never have existed. But of course, the only thing we heard from Sony was that rumble was “last-gen” material, not fit to be a part of the computational Mother Brain that is the PS3.
Funny they actually included it then, if it’s so passe.
What does this boil down to? It basically makes me realize that we should never listen to Sony. They know the real truth, but are too busy cleaning up their PR messes to say anything worthwhile anymore.
I mean, we all know rumble could work with motion control, which the Wii has proven with the wii-mote. We know it’s an awesome feature to have, as it helps the player become engaged with what is going on screen. So when we hear it’s last gen tech that needs to be forgotten, we know Sony is just trying to save face and not look like complete tools.
Which basically means Sony is being arrogant when they think we won’t figure out the truth.
Seriously, I feel like I’m a broken record when I talk about Sony.
[Photo courtesy of Next-Gen]