Sony Open to Changing SIXAXIS PS3 Controller

Sony previously touted motion sensing technology as the replacement for the rumble force feedback in the SIXAXIS PS3 controller. Now, however, many gamers and developers, including the people at Sony, are no longer convinced. If anything, the Nintendo Wii Remote has proven that both can coexist. Industry insiders often blamed Sony's legal tiff with Immersion, who has patent claim on vibrating controllers, as the main reason for the SIXAXIS omission – but news of a Sony and Immersion truce emerged on March 1.

In an interview with GamePro, SCEA CEO Jack Tretton proclaimed Sony is considering making changes to the Sixaxis controller: "We used to have a narrow approach to controllers. If you really wanted to [move outside the standard controller], we left it up to third party manufacturers. But now we're moving to a regional approach. You will see peripherals coming from SCEA that will address the interests of the U.S. consumer. I don't have anything to tell you specifically, but we're certainly open to changing the Sixaxis controller if it addressed North American gamers."

Immersion CEO Victor Viegas also confirmed the possibility: "Our new business agreement with Sony Computer Entertainment is specifically intended to enable advanced vibration capability for the benefit of the PlayStation gaming community. We are happy to provide our technology in this regard and hope to make technical proposals very soon with respect to use of our technology in the PlayStation products."

News source: DailyTech

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so, there will be 3-4 different versions of the PS3 hardware, and now 2 controller types. wow, and the system *just* came out.

Hahahaha. Good one.

Sony is seriously being so ridiculous with this. I for one am glad that the majority didn't buy into the "believe hype, screw sensibility" philosophy this time around.

This is good news, but what about non-American gamers? will European/Australian etc gamers also get included in this? cause if Sony decide to make this US only it will only hurt them more in the long run...

I love how their PR guy was like 'rumble is last-gen', then a week after that statement, he is now like "i never said that'

iOsiris said,
I love how their PR guy was like 'rumble is last-gen', then a week after that statement, he is now like "i never said that'

So true..also I recall something about "its impossible to have both motion sensing and rumble". What a load of crap.

my guess is they'll do the same thing MS did with there huge first xbox controllers, at some point theyll stop making them, and just slip the new ones into the current system

Sony made a big mistake by not settling with Immersion in time to include rumble capabilities in the SIXAXIS. Sure, they could include it now, but what about all of the controllers already on the market? Is Sony gonna swap those out for free? Are the software developers gonna issue patches enabling the rumble feature in games that have already been released?

They'll just include them with new consoles and sell them separately, just like the original Dual Shock for PlayStation 1.


It's no different.

Danrarbc said,
They'll just include them with new consoles and sell them separately, just like the original Dual Shock for PlayStation 1.


It's no different.

Only, the year is 2007 and the PS3's supposed to be some kind of supermachine. Yah.