Rumor: Sony to unveil redesigned PS3 controller at CES?

Source: An article on SPOnG recounts scuttlebutt that Sony was playing possum with the boomerang-style PlayStation 3 controller and that the final design of the controller could be revealed at January's Consumer Electronics Show. The official story: A Sony spokesperson told GameSpot, "We have made...

Source: An article on SPOnG recounts scuttlebutt that Sony was playing possum with the boomerang-style PlayStation 3 controller and that the final design of the controller could be revealed at January's Consumer Electronics Show.

The official story: A Sony spokesperson told GameSpot, "We have made no announcements regarding the PS3 controller, so any reports to the contrary are purely speculation."

What we heard: At first, CES seems as good a place as any to unveil the final design of the PS3 controller. If you consider Sony's announced spring 2006 release of the PlayStation 3, May's E3 2006 would be a bit late for a coming out party, and there's no bigger trade show in the meantime. There's even some precedent for a CES unveiling, as Sony revealed part of its American PSP launch plans at this year's CES in January. Combine that with the fact that Sony admitted the controller shown at this year's E3 was not a final design, and this rumor might have some grain of truth to it. Sony might well have been putting it out there to judge public reaction to the controller, and given that the reaction has been generally negative, it might be time for a complete overhaul. Right?

Probably not. First of all, Sony Computer Entertainment corporate executive and chief technical officer Masayuki Chatanai told Famitsu after the E3 unveiling that the controller might undergo "minor changes" but that the form factor would probably stay the same. And if Sony wanted feedback on the controller, why didn't it let E3 attendees get their hands on it? And what would Sony have to gain by "fooling" the competition with a phony controller at E3 when Nintendo's Revolution controller was already purported to be something radically different, in addition to the fact that Microsoft had already unveiled the 360's glorified Controller S pad?

You may not like the PS3 pad, and what you've seen so far may not be exactly it, but don't expect any kind of "Revolutionary" redesign on it before the system launches. Maybe a trigger here or some tweaked hand grips there, but it'll still look right at home hanging from a bright yellow utility belt.

Bogus or not bogus?: Holy Bogus, Batman!

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Hiddos
Hiddos

Hope they get back the PS1 & PS2 controller....

Xenothaulus
Xenothaulus

I want a Dual Shock 3, not a batarang.

053570347
053570347

the x360 will be the least powerful and the rev will have babyish games for the most part. i think i can deal with the ps3 controller as long as u can actually use it without missing the anolog stick.

bird0
bird0

OKAY, being the PS3 is more powerful than the xbox 360 it really does matter. First of all, some games only available to the PS3 will be able to handle more processes, etc. I mean, what reason do you have to buy a 360 over an Xbox? Its more powerful, just as the PS3 is going to be over the 360. If you look at the current Xbox vs PS2 the Xbox wins by a long shot. Games like Half Life 2 wouldn't be half of what the original game was had they dulled down the graphics, etc for the PS2. As for the controller, I'm not liking the way it looks, but I shouldn't be judging it this early. I really need to feel it in my hands.

yaba
yaba

Why can't we just use the Dual Shock design? It worked perfectly for me. Don't fix what isn't broken.

swanlord
swanlord

sONY should sell cigarettes because they blowin smoke!!!

Jose619
Jose619

WHAT!! Sony better come up with something good cause cometition is getting real tough.

Jose619
Jose619

What. Sony better make up thier mind or else they wont have nothing to unveil.

Weeg
Weeg

That controller is really stupid, controller S is the best ever.

ffgothic
ffgothic

Well let's hope this "redesign" is for the better. In my opinion the boomerang controller didn't seem like much of a problem. I will forever be a devoted fan and consumer to sony, but you guys shouldn't fool around like that with us gamers. I mean the 360 is taking a flaw right now, so rise to the occasion SOny and make an impact like you always do!!!!

Cha0sThe0ry1
Cha0sThe0ry1

Ok abviously half of you dont read alot . from people who actually held it, From sony and those that saw it on display at close range, says that it looks quite comfy, and for those sayign Oh halo 3 will blow mgs4, only if you like the originals better, me i could play MGS3 for DAYZ and i enjoyed about 15 minutes of halo before i decided, physics are horrible, unrealistic in everything, they did a better job in Halo2 (never played but heard) but more fans were dissipointed, i hear from most fans that the story was bad, and not really worth it. Being a complete sony fan i still give MS its due credit, they are closing the gap, and yeah the xbox did have slightly better gfx than ps2, but in all honestly, i never noticed a big difference, the lighting was the biggest diff. But, everybody things MS is doing a worldwide launch,. people in Europe arent going to see it till march, and it will price around $625 (right from the horses mouth, Kid from somwhere in europe, Also even in the US, HUGE shortage, our EB for our city got less than 20 xbox, that is NOT going to add hype, it us just pissing people off. a friend of mine was in line and a random man pushed her and her mother out of the way, they were pushed from the last 360, sorry but a worldwide launch isnt even all that smart, and with the shortage it wont be the biggest lead ahead sony, some of you need to start researching both systems and not just the one you have your eyes on

ChrisMx2
ChrisMx2

Just put out your hands to the monitor when at the url I mentioned. And you will see what I mean. (Note: Sorry about double-posting, last minute thought)

futonsspure
futonsspure

it look like a banana its a piece of crap not buying

PS3_vs_X360
PS3_vs_X360

If Sony made the handles shorter, the controller would *look* more comfortable and remember Sony is japanese so they know what they're doing [j/k].

k14pc
k14pc

PS3 is gonna have better hardware then the 360. but i really want a 360 since right now i have a gamecube and it totally sucks

Matth13
Matth13

Looks uncomfortable to me.

damienxxx
damienxxx

Whoa! Who would've thought that people would be criticized something they've never even used before! Wow! Your opinions are really valid guys. And why the hell are these comments turned into system wars??

RtX_311
RtX_311

I cant wait till yall B****es are eating ya words wen the controller is awesome and the most comfortable thing eva....

nytrospawn
nytrospawn

Ive seen the pictures of the controller from CES. Its about the size of an adult mans outstretched hand.

travisallred
travisallred

as for which system is more powerful...who gives a rat's behind. Save your money and buy all 3 systems, that's what I did before and I plan to do now(actually I can't even afford a 360 at the moment) PS3 for RPGs, better games and I bet better graphics, 360 for Blue Dragon, Lost Odyssey, cool looking machine and because it is first, Revolution for family and innovation. With patience and ebay there's really no reason to compete folks.

travisallred
travisallred

Why does everyone already hate this thing. It LOOKS cool to me, but looks easy to drop and difficult to reach the buttons (hard to reach toggle and trigger switches and seems like it would slip out of the hand everytime you push the triangle button)..perhaps it needs some handgrips. That said, how can we bash it without even holding it?

alronvalenteen
alronvalenteen

I dont care what the control look like all that maters is the games that come out for the ps3 they can bring back an old joystck for all i care the games are all that maters becous looks can be deseving.

amazin22
amazin22

STOP BEING MAD THAT YOU CANT AFFORD THE 360......AHAHAHHAHAH HATERS WILL HATE, BUT X box 360 will STILL BE GREAT......

StInKy1989
StInKy1989

Two revolutions...? Poor Nintendo..:(

drevilz4l
drevilz4l

There was a controller for the PS1 (A third party one) that had a design very similar to that, and I thought its was even more comfortable than the Dual Shock. Wish I could remember who made it though.

Gokuja
Gokuja

i like the controller nothin wrong with it to me i dont get why ppl dont like it. I only had the WTF impression about the rev controller but even that controller is something to look forward to as long as they deliver right. I just think that from teh pictures it looks like u'll have to curve ur hands more. hope not though.

thecloudfox
thecloudfox

everynes got some kind of neato design for their controller wether it strays far from the path like nintendo or it stays close to it like XBOX then theres the playstation which strays off into the woods gets lost falls off a cliff lands in a lake washes up on shore gets eaten by a bear comes out its backside and by that time nobody can tell if its unique or a struggle to stand out. In this case it's the latter.

Yomigaeru
Yomigaeru

I don't see the big deal with the design...as I recall, the Microsoft Sidewinder for the PC is of a similar shape, and it works just fine

Erinion
Erinion

ahahaha u guys think that the PS3 contoller is big? look at the xbox 360's power brick! now that's HUGE! And that guy from IGN says that the 360 is still heavy! LOL! and i think that the ps3 controller is hectic! i know why sony made it look like a boomerang! so they can throw it at Microsoft and Nintendo! LOL!

Flat_Line_____
Flat_Line_____

To me the button setup doesn't look that much off from the two previous controllers. the Dpad may be of a lil now but im thinkin it will be used more for quick access to sub-menus and things, and less for actuall movement. The only real difference i see is the exstention of what where basically "handles" for the previous controllers anways. To me it is the feel of the controller that matters, not so much as the estetics of how it looks. (I,m bettin after a hour of play it will feel just like the ol faithful PS1/PS2 controllers)

Flat_Line_____
Flat_Line_____

To me the button setup doesn't look that much off from the two previous controllers. the Dpad may be of a lil now but im thinkin it will be used more for quick access to sub-menus and things, and less for actuall movement. The only real difference i see is the exstention of what where basically "handles" for the previous controllers anways. To me it is the feel of the controller that matters, not so much as the estetics of how it looks. (I,m bettin after a hour of play it will feel just like the ol faithful PS1/PS2 controllers) Sony wouldn't stray TOO far off from what has worked in the past i'm sure.

xschlegelx
xschlegelx

you only talk about how powerful the xbox is i didn't see you compare to the new ps3 did you read the specs on the new cell processing chip it had been clocked out at 8gb processing nothing on the market can compare that is why it is new technology. were microsoft is using technology we already use to day just because you don't understand this new tecnonlogy dont knock it. when bill gay... comes up with something new rather than stealing others ideas. then i will be impressed.

soccerrockr1977
soccerrockr1977

I don't understand how all of you think the Playstation 3 is going to fail, last time i checked, Sony stomped the competition the last two generations, and it's fixing to put a stomp on in the next. Bommerang or not, PS3 will rock.

BlackOmegaTM
BlackOmegaTM

mah forgot to spell check.. lot's of typos =p And forgot to coment on the joystick, IMO the current "S" controler on the xbox is by far the best on all plataforms, and even though I liked the new desing of the ps3 controller, I'd prefer to wait and test it before making any comments.

BlackOmegaTM
BlackOmegaTM

Aw man, this dicussion about witch one is more powerfull is so messed up that I gave up reading on the 5th page.. From what I've read and from What I know about Computer GPUs, processors and about the cell processor in specifc the scenario is : The Xbox 360 is far more powerfull Graphics wise, since it's GPU has 48 unified shaders units, from with the usage would vary 4-8 units being used for vertex processing and ~40 for pixel processing. VS The RSX with 24 PIXEL pipes plus 8 VERTEX pipes, a total of 32 shaders units. And from what you guys can see when we compare a Geforce 6800 to a Geforce 7800, the number of shader units makes a HUGE difference. In that aspect the X360 has the upper hand ... Besides, The Xbox360 has the 10mb EDRAM that is use is being speculated as a buffer for the "anti-aliasing", allowing the xbox360 to use AA in all games without a performance hit, thanks to the fact that the EDRAM is FAST, REALLY fast, and that allows the GPU to have no need to use the main memory for the AA saving a lot of bandwith. When we talk about memory, both sistems are tied, the ps3 is using XDRAM but the X360 uses High speed, low latency GDDR3, in the end, the difference is insignficant. When we talk about the processors, things gets more complicated, no one really know what cell is capable of, but one thing is for sure, Sony OVERHYPED it's capacities, the cell is not all that much when we talk about general processing. In this aspect the Xbox has an advantage with 3 general propouse processors. The GREAT aspect about the cell is that it's Great at handling multimidia stuff, like HD Video and sound processing.. PPL from physics engine companies like havok said that physics CAN be acelerated on the SPE untis of the cell, and if that's true, than the cell will be a LOT fastes in physics processing than the X360, since physics processing can be done paralel, using the 7spe units would give the PS3 a huge advantage in this aspect. In the and, we have systems with different strong points, 3 ou 4 years from now we will be able to see how those differences will translate on the actual quality from the game's graphics.. Games from the initial generation will all look the same (with the possible exception of the Anti-Aliasing on the X360) on both plataforms. My opinion? Future games will run using more shader effects on the x360 than on the ps3, and games on the ps3 will probably have more physics interaction than on the x360.. In the end i plan om buying both cosoles anyway, so I don't care with one is more poweful anywayz...

Lefein
Lefein

As long as they dont go to digital buttons like the 360 did, I dont really care.

vhold
vhold

If they are going to keep the same d-pad, button, trigger, analog stick configuration, they should just keep the entire controller the same. They kept it pretty much the same with the PS2 controller as the PS1, with the exception of analog buttons, and they probably should do the same again. Of all the current gen systems, the ps2 controller is the least fatiguing and offers the best button response. About the only thing they can really improve on is how the dead-zone of the analog sticks works. The N64 had more precise analog control then any of the current gen analog sticks, somehow.

blechd0m
blechd0m

the controller is just a ripoff of one of the iterations of the microsoft sidewinder, which is hilarious if you think about it.

SR_Spartan117
SR_Spartan117

I might not now much about Processors but 3 is alwas beter then 1and the XBOX360 has a 3 3.2GHz and the P3 has a 1 Core 3.2GHz but 3 is beter then 1 . well any was i got nothing agenst the PS3 i just want a xbox360 i just like it beter :).

wasionline
wasionline

why a boomerang, why! Whos idea was that? I'd rather have the ps2 controller design. heck i would even rather have the NES controller design.

xschlegelx
xschlegelx

all you guys aren't looking at the facts that ps2 has 3 times the titles of xbox i do not belive that xbox can compete with sony as far as developement is concerned. how long has sony been out and how many units have they sold? look at the numbers online there are way more people playing playstation online then xbox live. just because you xboxs fans are stuck on the one good title that xbox carries playstation has several exclusive titles that kill any xbox game and i have good information from a reliable source that sony is signing over several more developers to their franchise. all xbox fans care about is graphics and can't get submerged in a game without it and that will be your beloved downfall. i've played xbox 360 and as far as i'm concerned untill i see something worth buying i will not be getting this console. if i wanted a personal computer i would buy one becasue the graphics are better on computers now. there is nothing new gen about this console and if you believe this you are just falling into another one of microsofts marketing schemes. and as far as the controllers concerned i saw it at e3 and it looks rather comfortable it is a bit smaller than the original controller so it is far from bulky like the xbox controller.

Vincent188
Vincent188

lolz... might b some market gimmick.. yea i'm expecting to c something better from this, this ain't bad just could be better..

breakout911
breakout911

" just look at how the x box crushed the ps2" - amazin22 thx guy, you just made all the coke come out through my nose; i'll be sending you an invoice for the cost of the carpet cleaning.