A feature that games and game developers alike have clamored for, Sony has re-introduced vibration features to the previously rumble-free Sixaxis controller. Dubbed the 'DualShock 3', the new controller combines wireless functionality, motion sensing, and the vibration features.

What does it feel like? A bit heavier, for a start...but no heavier than the PlayStation 2's DualShock 2, and much lighter than the Xbox 360's controller. Overall, it felt very comfortable, as expected.

I tried the DualShock 3 on a vibration-enabled version of Rachet & Clank Future for the PS3 at TGS, and I was left somewhat underwhelmed with the results. *Note that the controller was certainly a pre-production prototype and may not represent the final version -- it doesn't launch until Spring 2008 in North America. Also, our rumble experience was limited to Ratchet & Clank; further software enhancements may improve the functionality.

In Ratchet, the DualShock 3 didn't rumble so much as "pulse." When firing the default fireball gun, the DualShock 3 distinctly quivered during each shot, but few other effects seemed to be implemented and the overall impact was somewhat muted. The effect was similar to the PS2's DualShock 2, but seemed to be gentler. Whether this is due to concerns over battery consumption, interference with motion sensing, barebones implementation in the current Ratchet build, incomplete hardware, or a combination of all these factors is still up in the air.

However, we'll take gentler rumbling over no rumbling at all, particularly if the final price point is the same as the current Sixaxis. Sony hasn't yet announced details on pricing, and the release date for North America is a tentatively schedule "Spring 2008," while Japanese gamers will score the new controller this November.

Sony also said that already-released games may see software updates to enable rumble features for DualShock 3 owners, but gave few specifics outside of its first-party lineup. It's unknown whether the DualShock 3 will become a new standard controller sold with every PS3, or a premium controller gamers must buy separately.

Sony also released a full list of games expected to support the new (old?) rumbling features. The full list of North America and Europe titles includes (as of Sep 20):

- The Darkness, 2K Games
- Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, Activision
- Soldier of Fortune, Activision
- Biohazard 5, Capcom
- Devil May Cry 4, Capcom
- N-Cube, Creat Studios
- Warbit, Creat Studios
- Dark Sector, D3 Publisher
- Turok, Disney Interactive
- Highlander, Eidos
- Kane & Lynch: Dead Men, Eidos
- Burnout Paradise, Electronic Arts
- FIFA franchise (title name TBD), Electronic Arts
- Legendary: The Box, Gamecock
- To End All Wars, Ghostlight
- RAGE, id Software
- WarDevil – Unleash the Beast Within, Ignition Entertainment
- Dynasty Warriors 6, Koei
- Fatal Inertia, Koei
- Metal Gear Solid 5 Guns of the Patriots, Konami
- Blacksite: Area 51, Midway
- TNA Wrestling, Midway
- Unreal Tournament 3, Midway
- Wheelman, Midway
- Cops (codename, title name TBD), Pyro
- Planet One (codename, title name TBD), Pyro
- Heroes over Europe, Red Mile Entertainment
- Condemned 2, Sega
- Iron Man, Sega
- The Club, Sega
- The Crucible, Sega
- The Incredible Hulk, Sega
- Blast Factor (*1), Sony Computer Entertainment
- echochrome, Sony Computer Entertainment
- Elefunk, Sony Computer Entertainment
- Folklore (*1), Sony Computer Entertainment
- Formula One Championship Edition (*1), Sony Computer Entertainment
- Go! Sports Ski (*1), Sony Computer Entertainment
- Heavenly Sword (*1), Sony Computer Entertainment
- High Velocity Bowling, Sony Computer Entertainment
- MLB 08: The Show, Sony Computer Entertainment
- MotorStorm (*1), Sony Computer Entertainment
- NBA 08 (*1), Sony Computer Entertainment
- PAIN, Sony Computer Entertainment
- Rat Race, Sony Computer Entertainment
- Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction, Sony Computer Entertainment
- Resistance: Fall of Man (*1), Sony Computer Entertainment
- Snakeball, Sony Computer Entertainment
- SOCOM: Confrontation, Sony Computer Entertainment
- Super Stardust HD (*1), Sony Computer Entertainment
- Toy Home, Sony Computer Entertainment
- Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, Sony Computer Entertainment
- Warhawk (*1), Sony Computer Entertainment
- WipEout HD, Sony Computer Entertainment
- GirpShift, Sony Online Entertainment
- NBA 2K8, Take Two Sports
- Destroy All Humans 3, THQ
- Stuntman Ignition, THQ
- Assassin’s Creed, UbiSoft
- Beowulf, UbiSoft
- Haze, UbiSoft
- Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 (*1), UbiSoft
- Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas (*1), UbiSoft
- Prototype, Vivendi Games
- The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena, Vivendi Games