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Difference Between Dual Shock 3 and Sixaxis

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The main interface of the gamer to the virtual world with which he engrosses himself, is the simple device called a controller. In Playstation 3 (PS3), it is called the gamepad. True gamers are very particular about the ‘feel’ of the equipment with which they play. Gamepads can make or break the user-gaming experience ‘“ not to mention performance.

Console gaming has gone very far. Although we have not yet reached the commercial availability of Virtual Games in which we use a body gear of motion sensors to control movement in games (just like the ones in the movies), we already have wireless gamepads with intelligent motion sensors. This technology enhances the gaming experience, because the gamepad responds to the game’s virtual situations by shaking, tilting, and other things.

If you are a PS3 console gamer, you probably know the different types of gamepads available for your favorite console games. The two most popular types of PS3 gamepads are the Sixaxis and the Dual Shock 3. Both of these PS3 gamepads are heavily used and abused by hardcore PS3 gamers. They are actually very similar, and have only a few differences.

Beetween the two, Sixaxis was the first to be developed. It was made available for retail on November 2006, and at that time, it was considered to be the official controller for the PS3. Exactly a year after its release, the Sixaxis was succeeded by the Dual Shock 3, which was released for retail in Japan. Five to eight months later, it was made available in other countries, such as the US, Canada and Europe.

Their appearance is identical, except, of course, the label on top of the gamepad which clearly indicates what type of controller you are using. Aside from the label, it is quite obvious that the Dual Shock 3 packs a few more ounces than the Sixaxis. Most will consider this a good thing, as it feels sturdier and more natural.

Basically, the Dual Shock 3 has all the capabilities that the Sixaxis features, plus one. That plus one is the so-called ‘Rumble’ feature. It has the element of vibration when the game calls for it, a likeable feature absent in its predecessor. With that being said, the Dual Shock 3 is a bit more expensive, but it is a small price to pay for a better PS3 gamepad.


1. Sixaxis was first on the scene, as it was made available in 2006. It was succeeded by the Dual Shock 3 a year later.
2. The Dual Shock 3 is heavier than the Sixaxis.
3. The Dual Shock 3 is more durable and sturdy compared to the Sixaxis.
4. The Dual Shock 3 has a ‘Rumble’, or vibrating feature which is absent in the Sixaxis.
5. Though subjective, many would say that the Dual Shock 3 feels more natural in the hands than the Sixaxis.
6. The Dual Shock is a bit more expensive, but worth it.

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