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.
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.