With the lifespan of the 7th generation consoles approaching their end, it’s time to evaluate the two prime competitors in the gaming market, the Playstation 3 and the Xbox 360. While the Nintendo Wii has left its mark on the video game industry through innovation and creativity, it is in a category separate from Sony and Microsoft’s consoles, especially considering its controller design. Let’s take a look back at the most recent duo of platforms and assess which console’s controller will be the most optimistically remembered, potentially inspiring the controllers of the future.
PS3 Controller – DualShock 3 (DS3)
Replacing the Sixaxis as the standard PlayStation 3 controller, the DualShock 3 features the same functions and design (including “Sixaxis” motion sensing), but with additional vibration feedback capability.
Cosmetically, the DualShock 3 is nearly identical to the Sixaxis, with the only differences being that “DUALSHOCK 3″ is printed on the top (with the original “SIXAXIS” label moved down) and that the body is made of opaque plastic rather than the slightly translucent plastic used on the Sixaxis. The vibration function does not interfere with the motion sensing capabilities, and both functions can be used at once. Like the Sixaxis, it is a wireless controller with a mini-USB port on the rear that is used for charging, as well as playing while charging.
Released alongside new PlayStation 3 models in Japan on January 11, 2008, the DualShock 3 was initially available in Black and Ceramic White colors, matching the color options for the new console models. Currently, the Dualshock 3 boasts a multitude of colors ranging from Satin Silver to pink and purple. On October 30, 2008, the DualShock 3 became the standard controller packaged with PlayStation 3 consoles, starting with the (non-PS2-backwards compatible) 80 GB models.
Power: 3.7 V Li-ion Battery, USB host powered
Connectivity: USB, Bluetooth
Dimensions: 160 mm × 97 mm × 55 mm/6.20 in × 3.78 in × 2.20 in
Weight: 192 g/6.77 oz
Previous Model: Sixaxis