View Full Version : Rumbling Can't be Done on the PS3? -- Sony and Immersion sign new rumble agreement

03-02-2007, 12:23 PM
Expect rumbling PS3 controllers VERY soon.


guess it was a bigger feature than they thought.

Sony has been criticised for dropping vibration features from the PlayStation 3's (http://www.gamesindustry.biz/content_page.php?aid=23209#) Sixaxis controller, although this new agreement indicates that the feature will return to Sony hardware.
"We look forward to exploring with Immersion exciting new ways to bring the largest and best range of gameplay (http://www.gamesindustry.biz/content_page.php?aid=23209#) experiences to our customers," said Kaz Hirai, president of Sony Computer Entertainment.

03-02-2007, 12:31 PM
playing games without the rumble feature feels weird, almost like someone else is playing the game for you

03-02-2007, 12:56 PM
Page is blocked since I'm at school? Does it go into price detail of the new controller? Is it still going to have the sixaxis motion sensing capabilities?

I wish Sony would've done this earlier so I didn't have to go out and get them.

03-02-2007, 01:05 PM
hmm I read this last week and contradicts that (didn't post for fear of anti sony claims and whatnot)

Sony: Rumble is a 'Last Generation Feature'
Nintendo and Microsoft didn't get the memo, apparently.
By Patrick Klepek, 02/26/2007

The reason Sony didn't incorporate rumble into SIXAXIS wasn't related to a lawsuit over patent rights, but because it was a "last generation feature," according to Sony's president of worldwide studios Phil Harrison. Speaking to GameDaily BIZ, the outspoken exec. dashed hopes of the feature making a comeback later in PlayStation 3's life:
"I believe that the Sixaxis controller offers game designers and developers far more opportunity for future innovation than rumble ever did. Now, rumble I think was the last generation feature; it's not the next-generation feature. I think motion sensitivity is. And we don't see the need to do that. Having said that, there will be specific game function controllers, potentially like steering wheels that do include vibration or feedback function -- not from us but from third parties."


03-02-2007, 01:18 PM
wow, after everyone calling Nintendo's motion controller a gimmick, now Sony is saying it's the next generation feature. :shakeno:

03-02-2007, 02:27 PM
The Sony news continues this week as their ongoing law suits finally play out in court and agreements are made. Back in 2002 Immersion sued Sony for using their patented technology in their PlayStation and PlayStation 2 controllers. Asking for $299 million dollars in reparations, Immersion Corp.'s court advancements in 2004 threatened to halt American sales of PS1 and PS2 consoles, controllers, and any games that use their "vibro-tactile" technology. Years later, the two have finally compromised and settled the case. Yesterday they came to an agreement:

"Sony will pay San Jose-based Immersion $97.2 million in damages and interest . . . Sony will also pay $22.5 million in licensing payments through 2009 plus an unspecified amount of fees and royalties."

When you factor in the amount Sony already paid, the total amount reaches a little over $150 million dollars. Quite the setback when you've just put so much money into your PS3 launch, and still have yet to go public in Europe, but the benefits should outweigh the costs in the long run:

"In return, Sony will get unspecified rights to some of Immersion's patents and will explore ways to include the technology in future PlayStation products. No further details of the business arrangement or terms of the deal were disclosed."

Sony doesn't think the money transfer will affect their latest earnings forecasts, but stock market traders in Tokyo noticed the news and in after hours trading Sony's stock fell 6.2% to 5,830 yen ($49.36), while Immersion's shares jumped 32%. It's good to see this court case finally come to an end so that Sony can move on with their PS3. Kaz Hirai and the rest of the Sony crew were obviously happy to put this in the past, but no new Sixaxis controller news has been announced yet.