US: Dualshock 3 hits stores next week

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Whilst Japanese gamers have been able to rumble along with their PS3 games since November, the Western market has to date had to make do with the rumble-less Sixaxis – but it's all change from next week.

Sony has announced via its US blog that the Dualshock 3 pad will be shipping to retailers in the territory next week, and that it will cost $54.99.

Though the current motion-sensing Sixaxis pad is expected to stay in circulation for some time, the Dualshock 3 (which retains the motion-sensing functionality) is expected to permanently replace it in time.

When Sony first announced the PS3, it claimed that rumble was a redundant technology, However, following the firm's legal settlement with rumble patent holder Immersion, talk soon emerged of an upgrade to the console's pad.

It was then confirmed last September that a revised version of the PS3 pad was in the works, and it was in Japanese stores two months later.

There's still no word on a European release date for the Dualshock 3.

The following titles will offer rumble gaming from the off, though those marked with an * will require an online update:

* SCEA - Formula One Championship Edition*
* SCEA - MotorStorm*
* SCEA - High Velocity Bowling
* SCEA - MLB 08: The Show
* SCEA - Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
* SCEA - Resistance: Fall of Man*
* SCEA - Go! Sports Ski*
* SCEA - Folklore*
* SCEA - Heavenly Sword*
* SCEA - Warhawk*
* SCEA - Super Stardust HD*
* SCEA - Snakeball
* SCEA - Toy Home
* SCEA - PSOne Emulation
* SCEA - Piyotama
* SCEA - PixelJunk Monsters
* SCEA - Blast Factor*
* Sega - Condemned 2: Bloodshot
* Ubisoft - Lost: Via Domus
* Ubisoft - Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2*
* EA - Burnout Paradise
* KOEI - Dynasty Warriors 6
* Capcom - Devil May Cry 4
* Atari - Dragon Ball Z Burst Limit
* Disney Interactive - Turok