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Sony: Sixaxis To Be Discontinued

Earlier today, we saw the official launch announcement for the long-awaited Dual Shock 3 controller. It ships out today and will be available for purchase in stores across North America next week. But did you ever wonder what might happen to the Sixixas? After all, the DS3 is essentially the exact same gamepad, only with rumble built in.

Fortunately or unfortunately - depending on how you look at it - it seems the Sixaxis is definitely on the way out. According to the MTV Multiplayer blog, a Sony representative said the following-

“Sixaxis will no longer be offered after it’s completely sold through at retail (likely by the summer timeframe).”

Hence, the original controller that came packaged with the PlayStation 3 won't last the year. So if you really despise the force feedback for some reason, we suggest you run down to the store and pick up a regular ol' Sixaxis ASAP...or, you could just wait for the Dual Shock 3 and disable the rumble feature. Same difference, really. Well, we assume the DS3 is probably a good bit heavier, and despite what we've heard, we also think using the rumble feature a lot will take its toll on the life of that lithium battery. We'll have to see what's what next week, but in the meantime, prepare for the discontinuation of the Sixaxis. It's a-comin'.

4/2/2008 Ben Dutka

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coolistic
Wednesday, April 02, 2008 @ 5:28:22 PM
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Yup, I have to admit, I always thought the SixAxis controller was a crap. And it was indeed(in my opinion)

But now...Dualshock 3!

Yeah baby!

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Warukyure [Power User]
Wednesday, April 02, 2008 @ 10:49:31 PM
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I dont see why everyone is complaining and making a big deal about dualshock. Sure its a cool feature but its not the end all, be all.

I had an original PS1 and it was wired, no analog sticks and no rumble (I eventually got dualshock when it came out) and it never really bothered me when I played games. Even now for most games I play I still use the D-pad and turn off rumble.

SixAxis, you will be missed. Super light controllers aren't the norm anymore I guess.

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PaiNT_kinG
Friday, April 04, 2008 @ 12:43:22 AM
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finally got my rumble back,lol

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NetheRealm
Friday, April 04, 2008 @ 8:31:57 AM
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six axis wasn't responsive enuff it shoulda been tweaked more I don't know how people can stand the imprecise wii controllers I don't like rumble either dont want my hands vibrating and going numb when im trying to make quick precise movements.Imagine playing Pac Man with a rumble dual shock.How about making a good mouse/joystick combo for the 2 milion FPS games. I'm just gonna use six axis til the batteries go dead then hopefully someone will make a lightweight programmable controller which is the only truly useful feature not just a gimmick.

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NetheRealm
Friday, April 04, 2008 @ 8:39:43 AM
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Zapper

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