Dual Shock 3: $11 Million Sales In April
There was a time when Sony and Immersion were embroiled in a bitter lawsuit over the rumble feature that so many gamers are familiar with, but that's in the past. It's all water under a bridge. And now, with everything settled and the new Dual Shock 3 safely on store shelves, Sony can once again reap the profits of their efforts.
According to GameDaily and the latest sales data from Sony Computer Entertainment America, April saw $10.9 million worth of Dual Shock 3 controllers sold in the US. Now, one could contribute this high number to the fact that Sony is phasing out the original Sixaxis, but we doubt every consumer is aware of that fact. A lot of people just want that rumble back, and they're willing to pay the extra $5 to get it, obviously. Furthermore, many gamers who have been waiting for a reason to own a PlayStation 3 are likely planning to pick up the special Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots PS3 package. And of course, the Dual Shock 3 will be included in that collectors bundle, so it won't be long before every PS3 owner will be a-rumblin'.
This is one of those situations where the gamers are responsible for the entire deal. At first, Sony removed force feedback for their PS3 controller and called it a "last-gen" feature. But then, everyone freaked out, and Sony heard the cries, thereby returning rumble to the familiar controller. See? We do have some power, ladies and gents.
5/16/2008 Ben Dutka