It’s known that Sony left out the rumble from the PlayStation 3â€™s controller due to Immersionâ€™s lawsuit over use of their patented rumble technology. Sony’s official line, however, was that the rumble feature affected the motion sensor SIXAXIS technology, and that it’s a last generation feature anyway. Which was obviously rubbish as a new rumbling pad – the DualShock 3 – was confirmed at the Tokyo Game Show this week. Itâ€™s due out in Japan in November, but the US and Europe will have to wait until next spring. Thereâ€™s a list of games thatâ€™ll use it on Eurogamer, some of which will require a patch downloading before they start a-shaking.
They also confirmed a few other bits at the show: Gran Turismo 5 Prologue will be available both as a download and on Blu-Ray this December in Japan, online socialising software Home wonâ€™t make it out this year, a TV tuner is in development for PSP, and SCEI have purchased Evolution Studios (Motorstorm, WRC) and its subsidiary Bigbig (Pursuit Force).
They arenâ€™t going to be phasing the PlayStation 2 out any time soon either, although there wasnâ€™t much on show apart from some SNK 2D brawlers, Seaman 2, Phantasy Star Universe: Ambition of the Illuminus and Fire Pro Returns. Yakuza 2 is heading to the US though, which gives hope for a Euro release.
Over on PlayStation 3, the usual big hitters were doing the rounds: Metal Gear Solid 4, Devil May Cry 4, Little Big Planet and Final Fantasy Versus XIII. The first official trailer for Metal Gear Solid Online was released, along with a new one for Afrika. Weâ€™re still none the wiser what itâ€™s actually about – the video shows no actual hunting. It does point out though that Afrika is only a working title. Hmm. Also be sure to take a look at the Echochrome trailer if you missed it at E3.
On PSP the biggest surprise had to be Secret Agent Clank, starring him out of the Ratchet & Clank games. Itâ€™s by the same developer as R&C: Size Matters and also uses the same engine. After donning a tux and learning â€˜Clank Fuâ€™, the little robot must save his furry friend. Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops + was another surprise – read the amusing playtest at IGN – but Silent Hill Origins was absent. There was also a new Star Ocean, in addition to Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, which is set before the previous games and features three new heroes.
It’s slightly worrying that the most interesting PlayStation 3 titles are those that will be available via the PlayStation Store, but with dozens of PSP RPGs and the success of Core Crisis: Final Fantasy VII, 2008 could be the year that the PSP finally catches up with the DS.