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The controller is a combination of technologies found in the DualShock 2 and the SIXAXIS controllers. It has the trigger-like L2 and R2 button modifications and motion sensors found on the SIXAXIS, and the rumble technologies similar to the DualShock 2's. It was unable to be released until over a year into the PlayStation 3's lifespan due to a lawsuit between the creators of the rumble technology, Immersion, and Sony over their use of rumble in their previous controllers. After an out-of-court settlement, the DualShock 3 was announced and subsequently released. The DualShock 3 is also heavier, due to the new motors, which addresses a complaint of many about the SIXAXIS being too light.

The DualShock 3 is available in a number of different colors; black, blue, red, pink, silver, white, jungle green, and a baseball stitching pattern.

To see a list of PlayStation 3 games that support the SIXAXIS tilt functionality, see the SIXAXIS Support concept page.


  • 2 analog sticks
  • Directional D-pad (pressure sensitive)
  • 3 digital buttons
  • 8 pressure sensitive buttons
  • 2 analog triggers
  • Motion sensing around six axes


The DualShock 3 controller is capable of communicating with a PS3 console via a tethered USB 2.0 connection, or wirelessly using Bluetooth.

Firmware Requirements

PlayStation 3: version 1.94 or higher

PlayStation or PlayStation 2: version 2.00 or higher


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