As if gimping the PAL PS3's backward compatibility wasn't enough tomfoolery for the month (yeah, yeah, we know it was to cut costs), now Sony's gone and declared controller rumble outdated. Sony's Phil Harrison says:

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.

So not only are they not including rumble, they're going all out and saying that it's outdated? Pretty soon we're going to have to call gaffes like this "pulling a Sony."

Phil Harrison: We Are Under No Pressure to Drop PS3's Price [Gamedaily via 1up]