Posted on September 28, 2007, Chris Why is Dual Shock 3 Not Coming Until Next Year?
It boggles the mind. Sony will be releasing the recently announced Dual Shock 3 in Japan later this year, while both North America and Europe will be waiting until next spring. Why? 1UP contacted SCEA for a response to this question. What they walked away with was less than helpful.
“Given our production/manufacturing timeline we plan to introduce the new controller in Japan first and then release it in NA/Europe,” said SCEA Corporate Communications spokesperson Kimberly Otzman.
The best guess I can make is that Sony simply wants to sell through all of the existing Sixaxis controllers. But would it really take that long to do so? Luckily, if you’re impatient it sounds like you’ll be able to import a Dual Shock 3. Otzman stated she isn’t “aware of anything that would prevent the hardware from being locked out,” but did warn that certain titles that will require patches to enable rumble may encounter some issues.