Dec. 19, 2012
-- Motion-less PS3 controller reinvigorates rumble-vs-motion debate
Though Logitech typically upholds a high standard of quality within their industry-leading game and PC peripherals, you can actually latest offering raises many questions about the planning decisions behind the product. Behold the Logitech Cordless Precision for the Ps3. At first sight, the controller seems to be the typical Logitech fare: soft buttons, solid construction, ergonomic design and black, streamlined styling. Upon closer inspection with the controller's specs, though, one realizes that you have as much interesting omissions with there being additions.
The Precision sports a lot of improvements, including a much improved controller interface that drops Bluetooth in favor of a 2.4 GHz signal passed with a USB transmitter that is attached to the PS3. That may seem just like a step backwards through the Sixaxis, but the Precision seems to prevent the constant connection loss issue that plagues Sony's ps3 controller (http://www.vdealbox.com/ps3-accessories/ps3-controller.html
). Early impressions are convinced that it functions beautifully.
There are a few major difficulties with the controller, though. For example, motion sensing is bizarrely missing. Yup, you read right. The Precision has no motion control capabilities, removing one of several core popular features of the Sixaxis. Rather than the standard PS3 function, the Precision includes rumble motors. That could sound nifty, but considering the fact that no games are developed to operate the rumble, the feature remains dormant in the hands of its user. Append to that the proven fact that the ps3 controller (http://www.vdealbox.com/
has no built-in rechargeable batteries, and you've got one lacking "last-gen" peripheral.
This got me with the rumble-versus-
motion debate which has grown quiet in the recent months. When the PS3 was detailed to everyone, and rumble was missing, many claimed that this "last-gen" feature became a necessity and that they would trade motion control for rumble. These arguments continued during the entire Sony-Immersion lawsuit until things finally settled and also the debate grew quiet.
Each of us have in mind the features aren't contradictory, and Sony is available to changing the controller, there have been no official word on whether rumble will always make a certain appearance. Let's revisit the question: now that the console continues to be out awhile, and even more motion-control games are out and on the horizon, does one trade the PS3's motion control for rumble? Let's hear your opinions.