When it was first revealed that the new Sony Sixaxis motion controller would not feature force feedback or any other type of rumble effect full stop, people began to ask many questions that Sony was unable to answer.
Over the years, rumble technology has been included in numerous controllers for various videogame systems. Starting with the Nintendo 64’s external rumble pak and quickly followed by a reworking of the PSone’s controller to include the feature, rumble has never looked back due to the increase in gamer immersion when playing the latest games. However, the PlayStation 3 has oddly been without any sort of rumble at all since its début in November of last year. Sony gave many reasons, stating that rumble was ‘last generation’ and that the introduction of such a feature into the delicate motion sensing Sixaxis would be detrimental to the sensitivity of the controller’s detection ability.
But the real truth came out very quickly as Immersion was actually filing a lawsuit against Sony for copyright infringements. Now that the legal wranglings are over, though, Immersion has stated for the record on several occasions that it would be willing to work alongside Sony to provide the ideal controller that gamers have been crying out for. In fact, even some developers have been screaming at Sony to include the feature. Finally, according to reports, everyone’s prayers are about to be answered as the latest issue of PlayStation Magazine states in its rumour section that Sony will unveil the new version of the Sixaxis at July’s E3 event and aim to get the upgraded device into stores across the country by mid-November (in the US).
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