TGS: Sony confirms DualShock 3

Being shown on nine titles.

Sony Computer Entertainment president Kaz Hirai has announced the Dualshock 3 controller for PlayStation 3 in his keynote Tokyo Game Show speech this morning, confirming that it will include vibration features and that nine titles on the event's showfloor - including Metal Gear Solid 4 and Devil May Cry 4 - will feature full support.

"We have not made any changes to its outward appearance and design, but it does have vibration," said Hirai. The much-rumoured peripheral will launch in Japan in November this year. American and European gamers will have to wait until spring 2008.

Specific dates and pricing information will be announced "at a later date," said the Sony boss. He added that user feedback had led them to bring rumble to the PS3 pad. Vibration was famously left out of the machine's launch controller as Sony believed it was too difficult to include it.

"We have been able to overcome this difficulty," said Hirai.

The inclusion of rumble in Dualshock 3 will delight many PS3 owners and will serve to quell existing functionality differences between the Sony machine and Xbox 360.

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