One of gamers' biggest beefs with the PlayStation 3 will soon be a thing of the past. At the kickoff press conference for the Tokyo Game Show, Sony Computer Entertainment President Kaz Hirai confirmed longstanding rumors that a rumble-ized version of the PS3 Sixaxis controller is on the way. The Dual Shock 3--which looks essentially identical to the existing Sixaxis PS3 controller--will hit Japan in November, then make its way to North America and Europe early in 2008. Devil May Cry 4 and Metal Gear Solid 4 are two of the first 11 games that will support the new Dual Shock's vibration function, and existing titles can be retroactively updated to support rumble via online updates.
Other notable announcements from Hirai's keynote:
- PlayStation Home, the PS3's Second Life-style virtual world, has been delayed until Spring 2008.
- Hirai emphasized that "Sony will be reducing PS3 manufacturing costs by making the console's semiconductors smaller and reducing the number of components in the system." That would imply that the company is working hard to make further price cuts financially feasible.
- The PlayStation Store can now be accessed from a PC, where downloads can then be transferred to the PSP. (Previously, they had to be downloaded to and transferred from the PS3).
- The PSP will soon be available in six new colors (Japan only, at least for now).