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Want To Play PS3 Games With An Xbox 360 Controller?

So a package showed up yesterday that really didn't look as if it held a game. As it turns out, it was Power A's new controller, the Power A Pro Elite Wireless Controller.

As you can see - and feel free to check more pics at Gizmodo - it's basically the Xbox 360 controller design for a PlayStation 3 owner. Maybe you prefer the 360's gamepad but would rather play your games on the PS3; if so, this is the perfect accessory for you. It features the motion control of the Sixaxis and Dual Shock 3, dual rumble, glowing buttons (in case you get lost in the dark...?) and custom L2/R2 buttons. It also has a specially padded set of grips, which extend further downwards than the standard PS3 controller. Just bear in mind that Power A didn't bring across the triggers from the 360 controller; we still have the standard shoulder buttons with which the PlayStation crowd has been intimately familiar. As that Gizmodo analysis says, they do feel a little "mushy," but they work just fine. Personally, I've always thought the PS controller is the best available, even though I don't really have any complaints concerning the 360 gamepad. Well, I do think the face buttons aren't anywhere near as sensitive as they are on the PS3 controller.

The Pro Elite Wireless Controller is pretty darn comfortable and retails for $49.99; you'll be able to find it at retailers starting next month. If for some reason you'd rather have the wired version, the Pro EX, that will go for only $19.99.

Tags: power a, wireless controller, ps3 accessories

8/24/2010 9:12:40 PM John Shepard

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Comments (69 posts)

Alienange
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 9:45:57 PM
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I always like my thumbs next to each other. No hate on the 360 controller, but my DS3 is as comfy as I need.

Glowing buttons is stinking cool though.

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GuernicaReborn
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 9:48:04 PM
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Well this is different. I prefer Sony's gamepad. 10+ years of the Dualshock, and I don't want to play with anything else.

I guess if I wanted to use a 360 controller, I would buy a 360.

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Wissam
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 6:50:58 AM

I been using it for 13 year the best controller ever.

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bigrailer19
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 9:54:00 PM
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I have no desire to hold a 360 controller, not because im a fan boy but it is to big in my hands. It feels fat and clunky,. While compared to the DS3 its a nightmare of a controller in my opinion. I know some people like em' but I just can't stand em'.

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DazeOfWar
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 10:01:34 PM
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I might had looked into this when I first got my PS3 but now it doesn't matter. I've gotten use to the analogs where they are at plus I don't have a 360 anymore so I only have to stick with one style.

Plus the controller looks a little cheap as with all 3rd party controllers.

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Temjin001
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 10:03:10 PM
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Overall, I prefer the DS3 to the 360 controllers. So getting this doesn't interest me. Also, I haven't had good luck with third party hardware/controllers as it is.

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shadowscorpio
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 11:58:40 PM

Same here. No 3rd party accessory has ever been as good as the original. Thats my experience at least

Last edited by shadowscorpio on 8/24/2010 11:58:57 PM

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Riku994
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 10:04:04 PM
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I saw this in a magazine MONTHS ago.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 10:06:04 PM

We didn't have it in our hands "months ago."

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 10:11:38 PM

Burn.

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Riku994
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 10:24:32 PM

I'm not trying to like be a downer or anything, I was just saying that I saw it a long time ago so I kinda assumed it was already out.

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Alienange
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 10:26:00 PM

lol

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SvenMD
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 10:33:57 PM

For trying not to be a downer, you really came across as a total downer.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 10:11:10 PM
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Does it register a button push ten minutes after you hit it too? I hope it at least doesn't work on batteries. I'd rather have another DS3.

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shadowscorpio
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 12:00:47 AM

The DS3 is just that perfect design that you can keep improving if you want to but isn't necessary.

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Cuetes
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 10:20:33 PM
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An Xbox 360 controller for my PS3? Why not ask if I want to use the Atari 2600 Joystick, and black and white Tv in my garage too? Im not a fanboy but this is like putting a Ford engine in a Chevy Camaro.
I'll pass on this, but its great for all those migrating to the PS3.

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556pineapple
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 10:26:33 PM
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New Xbox controllers are MUCH better than the old monstrosities, but I'm still not a fan. I'm sure somebody will like these though.

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SvenMD
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 10:37:38 PM
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I just never understood having the analogs at different levels. That's like having half the keyboard on the desk and the other half in my lap.

I love the dualshock style with it's Kung Fu grip.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 10:42:28 PM
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Anybody notice that developers are always working with heavily used controllers?

I recently bought a new DS3 and found that certain joystick movements in games are impossible with a new controller. The intricacies of Heavy Rain and tiptoeing around in Nier couldn't be done. So I turned on my tired old controller and it was way easier. Just a tip in case your new controllers don't seem to be hacking it. Gotta break em in.

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booze925
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 11:06:18 PM

exactly. it saves u money 2

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 10:54:26 PM
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I always thought the 360 controller notvonly looked, but also felt pregnant too(not near as much as my Jaguar, Saturn, or Dreamcast controllers though).

Anyways, my comparison.....

360 controller = frumpy old maid

PS3 controller = sexy young thang

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booze925
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 11:03:44 PM

in reality amigo, its the other way around...
dualshocks older
:)

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booze925
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 11:02:06 PM
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im still waiting on that Nyko Raven controller.
its gunna be the first third party controller ive ever bought...
btw, don't send ur console to sony 4 repair, and don't be so quick to go buy a new controller when yours breaks... i fixed both myself! for $30! i just saved $120!

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 11:37:49 PM

Booze,
She may be older, but she's still getting sexier by the day.

Just remember that there's more than a few 40something's out there that will STILL give any 18 year old a great run for her money.

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hellish_devil
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 11:02:12 PM
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Well, at least this controller doesn't have the HORRIBLE D-pad the 360 has

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fluffer nutter
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 11:12:05 PM
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I remember seeing reviews for this and people were happy with the comfort level but I did see a couple complaints about responsiveness. I'll see if I can find those but it's all relative to the user, I think.

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spiderboi
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 11:12:49 PM
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The only thing i want from the 360 controller is the softness of the triggers. The PS3 R2 and L2 buttons arent the best for long term button pushing on a game.

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Hezzron
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 12:09:42 AM
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Interesting idea, not horrible...but I don't want one.

I would like to see what Sony would come up with, in making some improvements to their controller. It has been around for a really long time, and there's always room for improvement in the tech world.

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Bloodysilence19
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 12:26:19 AM
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to me the ps3 controller is fine. i know people who have big hands always say the ps3 controller is to small. its like the bk commercial with McDonalds hamburgers being to small and bk hamburgers being just right. i have big hands i find ps3 controller fine with me. 360 controller fits just as good. its just a controller, people shouldn't nip pick at the little things. i play the games to enjoy the games not to worry about how the controller fits.

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DeathOfChaos
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 12:27:37 AM
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Yuck, the ugly 360 design now for the PS3.

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Superman915
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 12:29:52 AM
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the only way ill ever buy a controller like this is if it's officially licensed by Sony.

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StangMan80
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 1:08:00 AM

gnaw, I still won't buy it.

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StangMan80
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 1:13:41 AM
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I hate the 360 controller, I hate that there analog stick ain't next to the other. It just doesn't feel right in your hand.

Sony's DS3 is the perfect controller, It feels perfect in your hand and I'll won't have a different controller until the DS4, which most likely won't come until the PS4... GT6!

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frylock25
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 1:40:44 AM
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i have 2 buddies that have had controllers like this for months. i have pics of it and it is not the same controller. the one they have has red ps lettering instead of the home. its also shapped more like the xbox controllers.

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DazeOfWar
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 4:41:12 PM

Best Buy has their brand, RocketFish, controller that was a 360 controller for PS3. I bought one when I first got my PS3 but returned it a few days later cause it would shut off on me and didn't respond that well.

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Lawless SXE
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 1:58:09 AM
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All I have to say is that I do not like the 360 controller. But I do need a new controller. I've got three Sixaxis' and they're all varying degrees of broken... I'm going to say it is the result of overuse and leave it at that.
Peace.

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Kai200X
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 2:03:12 AM
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I never play with xbox controllers so I'd say my ds3 is just fine.

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Kevadu
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 2:04:40 AM
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I have one complaint about the DS3 and it's not the triggers (which have honestly never bothered me) or the symmetric analog sticks (which I actually prefer). It's a very simple complaint and it would be so easy to fix I can't understand why they don't. Why do the tops of the analog sticks have to be convex instead of concave? I want a nice little depression to rest my thumb in. It drives me nuts when I'm holding down one of the sticks and my thumb starts to slip. Sometimes it is just not convenient to let go and recenter your thumb (say you're running from something in the game) and the stick ends up sliding further and further up my finger until I'm steering with the joint of my thumb or something. That's dumb.

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Killa Tequilla
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 3:49:50 AM

Even though I didn't know what two of your words meant I knew what you were talking about. To be honest this problem RARELY happens to me. It's because the top of the analogs have a rough surface to keep your fat thumb in place. Unless you wore it out over the years or you get sweaty thumbs it'll slip. To be honest after readind your comments of a few ppl in PSX i starred at my Dualshock 3. It's design is simply ... perfect I mean it's just perfect. ( Im typing using my Dualshock 3 on my Ps3 ) .
Theres a reason why it's been around since Ps1. I would never change my controller. I know it since Ps1 was out. It's just perfect in its design & everything, nothing needs to change! Thumbs up if you agree?

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Alienange
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 12:22:01 PM

Kevadu, I have the same concern. Why Sony is sticking with that is beyond me. In this day and age where control is of the essence you'd think they'd have reevaluated those thumbsticks. It doesn't have to be as deep as the 360's, but damn, FLAT would be better.

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Xombito
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 2:52:33 AM
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The 360 controller is comfortable in the hands. But for me nothing's better than the duelshock 3....with those L2 R2 trigger caps on!

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___________
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 3:33:33 AM
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SWEET! now i can kiss goodbye those stupid cramps the DS3 controller gives me after using my 360 one for so long.
it feels so small and awkwardly shaped in comparison to the 360s.
the 360s controller rests in your hand and is shaped to fit your hand, unlike the DS3 with straight edges pushing out the center of your hand causing it to cramp.

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WolfCrimson
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 3:43:49 AM

That's weird, I never had cramps with the DS3. And I play fighting games. Really intense fighting games. Alot. And my hands are HUGE.

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___________
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 7:55:18 AM

you switch between the 2 after a while?
if i use my ps3 controller i dont normally get a cramp, its uncomfortable but no cramps.
i only get a cramp when i play my 360 for say 2 hours a day for a week straight than go back to the ps3.
its because of the extended use i get use to the nice tapered shape of the 360s controller.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 3:38:53 AM
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My hands cramp up using the 360 controller. there's a reason the DS has largely remained unchanged all these years.

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RebelJD
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 3:47:53 AM
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I own the DreamGEAR Shadow controller which blends the dualshock controller feel with 360's analog stick layout. Concave L2/R2 buttons, awesome controller, go with that rather than this ugly thing.

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WolfCrimson
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 3:49:11 AM
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Hey, this is actually good for tournaments of a game (fighting games, usually) where the game is on more than one platform, but the tourney organisers can only use PS3s.

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Vivi_Gamer
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 4:20:59 AM
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Repulsive, i'll never undestand why the 360 has and analogue button where the D-Pad should be, just to be different i suppose. I only buy official controllers anyway, more trustworthy.

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Snaaaake
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 4:38:49 AM
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I'm fine with my Lightning Dual Shock 3 thank you.

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FullmetalX10
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 5:40:20 AM
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I'd rather not, I really, really dislike the xbox 360 controller, since it's friggin' heavy and clunky and I can never get used to the button layout, while the dualshock contoller has this nice light feel, everything is beautifully symmetric and my thumbs can reach everything, yes even the L and R 1 and 2 buttons o.O, I kid, unless I turn the controller around of course...

Anyways, nothing for me and my Asian hands.

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JackC8
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 6:34:03 AM
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I'd be slightly interested in trying out the different configuration, but not $50 interested :) My only complaint is that I wish more games would use R2 to fire your weapons. When I hold the controller so that my thumbs are comfortably over the analog sticks, my index finger falls naturally over the R2 button, and moving it to R1 puts it at a slightly unnatural angle. It's certainly not a big deal, but tiny little things like that can make a difference of a fraction of a second in reaction time, and every once in a while that makes the difference between a grin on my face or a restart from checkpoint.

The only aftermarket controller I've got is the Logitech wireless PS2 controller, and that thing is great. You'd never know you weren't using the regular PS2 controller from the way it works.

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xnonsuchx
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 6:59:05 AM
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I always found the 360 controller 'awkward' and never understood the people who said they love it (and not just 360 fanboys). Oh well!

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Deleted User
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 7:17:16 AM
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cool can't wait. every time i play my 360 for a couple hours with its controller i find it hard to get use to the ps3 DS controller when i change to the ps3 or visa virsa i think this controller well come in handy.

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Zorigo
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 8:05:18 AM
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I'd actually consider getting this... i really would. but then i'd think i'll just get another normal controller. its more ergonomic really.

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Highlightreel
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 8:21:25 AM
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Pass. I never liked the 360 controller. That's part of the reason I never bought one.

Stay classy PSX. I love scotch. Scotchy, scotch, scotch. Here it goes down, down into my belly...

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gumbi
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 8:27:22 AM
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I happen to know at least one person who prefers the xbox controller layout to the dualshock. My opinion though, there's a reason the dual shock design hasn't changed in over a decade. Sony nailed it the first time, no point in fixing something that ain't broken.

I don't know about everyone else, but my brain works symmetrically. N64, Gamecube, and xbox controllers have always thrown me for a loop. The dualshock however is a wonder of symmetry, and that makes my brain happy.

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Amazingskillz
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 8:49:30 AM
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I have to agree with BikerSaint, the 360 controller looks pregnant. I don't want that bulls..t. I love the PS3 controller. In fact I was gonna get a gold pendant made in the form of it so I could wear it on my chain. The only thing on the 360 controller I like is the trigger. Thats it. In fact, I think its disgusting to mix any XBOX feature with the PS world. I want my PS3 straight like my Black Label on the rocks.

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Amazingskillz
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 8:51:02 AM
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@Highlight reel - I didn't even see your post and I was thinking of the same thing. How funny is that!

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RustEDalex
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 10:16:37 AM

I never knew u had spam here

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packersfan66
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 12:29:14 PM
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Good thing about when controllers like this come out is that you have a comeback to when you're in a debate, and they say they jut don't like the ps3 controller

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Rings0fUranus
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 4:06:06 PM

wtf did you just say?

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packersfan66
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 10:50:20 PM

lol, when you're in a debate about 360 and ps3, and someone brings up the fact they'd rather a 360 controller, now this helps can that argument. Sorry for being so confusing to you there 8 bit.

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Nynja
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 3:41:46 PM
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In order to be a true 360 controller copy, the D-pad must have a mind of its own and register Up when you press Left and Down when you press Right.

If not, then it's just a wannabe.

Seriously, I might get this for shooters... maybe...

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 4:02:52 PM
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The only changes I'd like to see on the Dualshock3 are all minor & cosmetic, but still very beneficial to the users...

1. curved triggers
2. indented tops on it's joysticks
3. in-bedded rubber grips on the handles

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Rings0fUranus
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 4:10:35 PM
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The Japanese PS3 controllers are awesome. I had an imported ceramic white DS3, and man that controller was comfy. The buttons had a nice squishiness to them, and the construction just felt better overall. Sucks my daughter threw it in a mop bucket. :(
Now I have the white DS3 that you can buy in America, but it's just not the same...*sniff*...

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dveisalive
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 5:52:02 PM
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Now get me a ps3 controller for 360 and ill own all 360 players because the 360 controller sucks PERIOD plus they copied Sony's design just only to have there controller concave OO

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AcHiLLiA
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 12:30:15 AM
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Not a chance, Sony Dualshock controllers all the way. Glowing buttons sounds awesome. Only wish that the DS3 controller had some grip on the handles for sweating hands and the R2/L2/L1/L2 buttons with some small concave feel to them. I have some grip on the L2/R2 buttons on my controller cause I hate the 45 degree angle when u press them. What's up with that design Sony?, hate it.

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CrazyIrishBoy
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 4:12:46 AM
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I hear of xbox people complaining about ps3 controllers.. now they have more incentive to get a ps3, maybe?

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MIKE_SAUCE
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 11:02:25 AM
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i talk to xbox users all the time. now they can come over and get smack by true gamers.

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