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How PlayStation 3 Works

PS3 Controller and Games

The latest controller resembles the original DualShock controller in appearance only.
The latest controller resembles the original DualShock controller in appearance only.

PS3 Controller

The design of the PlayStation controller has remained basically the same since the release of the original console in 1994. In 2005, Sony had decided to part ways with that classic design for the PS3 and introduced the new Dual Shock 3. However, possibly in response to overwhelmingly negative feedback, Sony ditched that design and returned to something more familiar, but with a twist -- it's motion sensitive! The new controller (sans external sensor, no less) is called the "SIXAXIS" because it has "six degrees of freedom" [Source: GameSpot].

The joysticks have a broader tilting angle and the L2/R2 buttons are shaped a bit differently, but the controls are essentially the same as on a DualShock controller -- until you start using it, that is. The new motion-sensitive controller won't feel the same. The "shock" has been dumped in favor of the motion sensor, which wouldn't work properly with the vibration feature in place.


The controller can switch between wireless (up to seven can be supported via Bluetooth) and wired, and you can easily charge it by plugging in a USB cable.

PS3 Games

The PlayStation 3 will launch with the largest catalog of video game titles of any of the next-gen consoles. That's because the PlayStation 3 will be able to play any game ever made for the PlayStation or PlayStation 2. Development is already well under way for a large and impressive list of launch titles for the PS3. Below are some of the games that will be available when the PS3 launches or soon after its launch:

The Getaway 3
The Getaway 3
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