DualShock 3 dated down under

New rumble-enabled PlayStation 3 controller to debut in Australia on April 24.

Sony's DualShock 3 controller for the PlayStation 3 came out in Japan late last year and debuted in the United States just last week, but until now, Aussie gamers have had no indication as to when they could expect the new peripheral. It seems we won't have long to wait, however, as Sony has confirmed that the DualShock 3 will be available in Australia on April 24 for A$99.95 ($92) and in New Zealand on May 9 for NZ$109.95. In the US, the controller retails for $54.99.

Say hello to the DualShock 3.

The controller features the same motion-sensing technology that the Sixaxis has built in, so it's backwards compatible with most PS3 games. Some games in the PS3 back catalogue already support rumble, while others will have it added via a patch.

Last week, GameSpot confirmed that Sony had discontinued the Sixaxis controller from production, making the DualShock 3 the default controller from here on in. At the time of publication, Sony Computer Entertainment Australia could not confirm when the company would start shipping PS3s with DualShocks in the box or if the games compatibility list in America differs for Australia.

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ichtus
ichtus

muzza93, exactly. The prime example - Silent Hill series. Without eumble you are unalerted of the option to die :/ If rumble is available, your controller will vibrate as a heartbeats, thus alerting the player, that medications should be applied. And quick.

muzza93
muzza93

I reckon Sony did this on purpose, they are smart, give us a no rumble controller then come out with the good one a year later for MORE bloody money, and i'm still gonna have to buy one, the games are $120 get stuffed for a second and give us this cheap, im working my ass off just to buy every good game. ive got 16 games thats umm whats 16x$120??? Oh and stormtrooper88 what are you a baby? Waah the dualshock 3 is too heavy for my tiny little girl arms, Harden the Fu** up! And with no rumble sometimes you dont know if your getting shot at

ddt88
ddt88

Another Sony RIP OFF!!! Why double the price for Australia? It's utilises the same parts South of the Equator as it does North!

monkeyd_93
monkeyd_93

thanks Big_Ted i forgot about the ps3 wasnt region locked, ill keep that in mind if i get around to getting a ps3 later this year

Big_Ted
Big_Ted

boys and girls There is no need to cry over the control being delayed or expensive in aus. Serious we're australian and everyone know's how relaxed and also cunning we are. There are also ways to get games over here to the aus even if it is banned. So your milk isn't spilt its just a matter of how much you want it. If i could leave a suggestion for all the aussie people like myself a little bit cheesed off that so many good if not great potential games get banned here try to order from hong kong. It works there are dual shock 3's for $65.04 AUD well $59.99 USD its for a japanese version but all you do is plug and play it's easy. Just look up yesasia on any search engine and you shall have results. Also PS3's are multi region so you can play maybe a banned game or two if you really care that much. But check it out if you want to save some dosh (money) enjoy!!!

monkeyd_93
monkeyd_93

my thoughts exactly ichtus PAL gamers seem to get the leftovers of what NTSC gamers get. we get all the games delayed for example we are still waiting on super smash bros brawl, and it has no set date on release here, we sometimes dont even get games NTSC gamers do, we pay more for most games, and here in Australia we have a lot of games banned since we dont have the R18+ rating for games i currently dont have a ps3, but probably plan to get one soon, so i wont be able to fully tell the difference between controllers

ichtus
ichtus

Sad, but true, monkeyd_93. But still - I pay those double sized prices and I prefer originals. But, NTSC gamers are getting exactly the same, but much cheaper. This sucks.

monkeyd_93
monkeyd_93

$99.95 AUD= $93.12 USD $109.95NZD=$86.72 USD USD= $54.99 why do PAL gamers must pay a whole lot extra? it isnt very much difference between them except the regions. no wonder so many people get illegal modification chips for their consoles because in the long run, they save money

ichtus
ichtus

stormtrooper88, there are just to many cases like this one: In US something is released with price tag 30USD. In Latvia (my country in Europe, bordering with Russia) the price often is the same in terms of digits, but not the value. So, often we here in Latvia have this random item with price tag 30LVL (Latvian Lats), which is 67.8USD (1 USD = 0.4425 LVL) So, people in Latvia often have to pay twice the price, set in US, if they are not ordering the goods from US or elsewhere.

stormtrooper88
stormtrooper88

let me tell u this i live in the US and im not even willing to spend what they charge here for it. and quite frankly i dont need it. i like the controllers as they are since they're practically weightless and ive heard that the rumble addon makes them quite heavier. plus i havent really missed the vibrate function from that of the PS2.

ichtus
ichtus

Sony hates Europe and Australia, and non-america in general. In US the goodies are almost allways released with lower price tag. But the non-americans and non-japanese people are getting gangbanged with every release from Sony - game or peripheral, whatever - the same gangbanging politics.

gamemaster_650
gamemaster_650

cos of the exchange rate. it seems cheaper in america, but thats cos they have a stronger currency

FloSSiE_RuLz
FloSSiE_RuLz

Why do people in Australia and New Zealand need to pay almost double than Americans. we always get ripped off and I'm getting sick of it.

docboche
docboche

how much are those in the UK and europe having to pay ? becuase sony seem to hate them as well as us from Australia, and if you think about it only people who read this site (or similar) would actually know they are getting ripped of

quirky_clayboy
quirky_clayboy

Whether it's due to our higher tax or Sony treating us like crap, I don't know. What I do know is that I'll be picking mine up from Japan.

Sparky2002
Sparky2002

HELL YES ABOUT TIME also benboz i think you got your controllers mixed up buddy PS controller is actually shaped to keep your arms apart & to your sides lol notice the W or shape to it..........lol cramped i think you get cramped hand from doing the wrong thing bud...

slimdog363
slimdog363

Wow, sony hate Australia and New Zealand.

ze_krusty_krab
ze_krusty_krab

I bought a white DS3 for NZ$70 about 2 months ago. It amazes me that private individuals importing these things in relatively small quantities are able to sell them for so much less than what Sony is asking us to pay. Moral of the story: check those online auction sites, people!

benboz
benboz

Whats the difference? Dual Shock 2 and 3 kinda arethe asme except this rumble thing. I'm sticking with the xbox 360 controller. More roomy with your fingers than the PS3 controller which is to cramp.

Agermemnon
Agermemnon

Got a friend thats in HK now to pick me up some white ones worked out about £21 each as no date for UK or EU has been given i think ?

Stryker521
Stryker521

jivemaster The controller replaces the sixaxis. Is should carry the same price. An absolute rippoff. $70 is over priced, considering I bought my dualshock3 in japan, australian dollars to yen, for $46AU. It wouldn't cost more than 10-15 to ship each individually, and because they ship in bulk it costs even less. So, it's criminal. Quoted for truth. It's f-ing BS. So it's our problem that they made a blunder on strategy to make something so next-gen it wasn't even used. Bl**dy SixAxis. I've got two of them, and none had ever been used for motion sensing. And now we can't trade in our SixAxis remotes because production has been discontinued and Sony has practically overnight made them worth $0. Great...thanks Sony. Looks like my MGS4 is gonna cost me $210 instead.

grdwalker
grdwalker

lol im in NZ and i bought mine for NZ$70 a bargain really. seeing as its 2 weeks early

Irve
Irve

only europe to go !!

jivemaster
jivemaster

The controller replaces the sixaxis. Is should carry the same price. An absolute rippoff. $70 is over priced, considering I bought my dualshock3 in japan, australian dollars to yen, for $46AU. It wouldn't cost more than 10-15 to ship each individually, and because they ship in bulk it costs even less. So, it's criminal. And sony are idiots.

Skull-Fire
Skull-Fire

screw that! Im gonna buy another SIXAXIS before this ridiculously priced controller comes out.

DeathBlitz
DeathBlitz

100$ for a controller? Whoa. If I buy a U.S DS3 would it work on an Australian version?

meepers9
meepers9

ouch.. i gotta pay $99.95 for a controller.. that kinda sucks :\

Xequtra
Xequtra

The Americans get them for $55 and we Australians cop almost double when the exchange shows that it shouldn't happen at all. Why do we always cop the cheap end of the freaking stick?

other44
other44

bah! who'd pay $99!!! i've already bought 2 off ebay for $50....

mkg150
mkg150

WHAT AB OUT THE U.K YOU ............. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH god why are we always last

zorbmeister
zorbmeister

Sony then: "Rumble is old gen technology" Sony now: "Oh wait....."

stealth82428
stealth82428

i didn't know it had motion sensing :D that's awesome

TrevSkyline
TrevSkyline

Great! Japan has it, the U.S has it and now Austrailia have it! WHEN IS THE U.K GETTING DS3????????

cyw1988
cyw1988

I am pretty sure that all controllers in the 3rd Gen release of the PS3 would be changed to the Dualshock 3.

darkride66
darkride66

Yeah, that's more than a little pricey. Thankfully there's always E-bay.

Nineball2112
Nineball2112

Wow... twice as much as what it costs in the U.S.! That's harsh! But, I can say that I didn't realize what I was missing until I got mine. It just seems natural to have the rumble in games.

Eaz-TK
Eaz-TK

100 bucks i got mine on ebay for 65

Dion4ever
Dion4ever

Rumble has never really bothered me at all.

istylee
istylee

lmao sif 100 i imported mine for 70, i so knew it would cost heaps here

Rowr14
Rowr14

O wow the "all new" Dualshock 3. A Dualshock 2 with some irellevant motion controls inside. Its a nice touch sony is still bundling the sixaxis in Aus and UK to clear remaining stock. Well at least the system isnt completely gimped now, Sixaxis is complete crap, they feel light and cheap. Im so glad sony was eventually able to break the laws of engineering and physics to do what "couldnt be done" and put rumble in a sixaxis. Something that should of been there at the start, nice work marketing it like jesus's second coming $100? you can get one of these sexy things for $80. www.xbox.com/en-AU/hardware/x/xbox360wirelesscontroller/default.htm

choasgod
choasgod

?? Yea its expensive but am i really the only one whom expected it to cost around a $100 here ? The Sixaxis is $80 and 360 controllers are around $70 - $80 i believe ... Wiimote+Nuncuck is $100 ... Yea were getting ripped off compared to the US but you can always import and besides just be glad SONY made PS3 region free so you can easily import stuff ...

Hunter_1410
Hunter_1410

Awesome news....it has always felt weird playing without rumble

Shmoe82
Shmoe82

And they said it couldn't be done because of motion sensors. It would have been awesome if these were out when I bought my PS3. I already have 4 controllers. Thanks much Sony.

imprezawrx500
imprezawrx500

typcial over priced console hardware. one day sony and ms might reduce the price to what they are in usa. cpus are only about 15% more expencive os why should we pay 40% more for console hardware?

jasopan
jasopan

i swear gaming in aus is BS prices are just too #%$@#% high ffs

metalisticpain
metalisticpain

No Way. These prices are stupid. Glad when FFXIII comes out I only need 1 controller.

pappa-ray
pappa-ray

and if there isnt a limited edition version of metal gear solid 4 coming to australia, i am just gonna snap.

sonic0491
sonic0491

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