Sony Settles Vibrator Dispute, Rumble Coming Back?

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Sony and Immersion have settled their long-faught lawsuit regarding the rumble technology Sony uses in its controllers. The deal reached between Sony and Immersion would open a door allowing Sony to add this technology to the Sixaxis controllers for the PS3. Immersion's CEO has already stated that a technical proposal for rumble PS3 controllers will be made very soon.

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Immersion originally sued Sony for $97.2 million for patent infringement, which Sony quickly appealed. To continue selling PS2 accessories, Sony paid Immersion $30.6 million, but left the vibrating feature out of the PS3 controller claiming that the rumble feature would not work with a motion sensing controller, which may or may not be true (but sounds like a lot of BS to me). So what happens if they do re-release the Sixaxis? Will the people who already purchased controllers be SOL?

Sony, vibration tech maker end patent dispute [News.com]

DISCUSSION

I love how we're all jumping the gun and saying that the rumble sixaxis is on the way. So they are paying off Immersion and I guess it makes sense to make the assumption, but it doesn't guarantee that a rumbling sixaxis is on the way.

Peronally I don't care either way about the rumble.

As for the Wii, has anyone seen the sizes of the rumbling innards of the wii vs the traditional dual shock? I just looked at a dissection of the Wii and can't even see the vibrating parts. I'm guessing cellphone sized motors

The Dual Shock had huge spinning weights in comparison. Maybe they did pick their poison - no rumble, VS smaller rumble that wouldn't throw off the sixaxis? Which would folks scream more about?