We've written extensively of the court case between Sony and Immersion and its potential impact on the peripherals business for the PS3. While we've been featured on Immersion's own press site, we assure our readers that we have no affiliation or vested interests in the company. Right before GDC, this court battle came to a fruitful conclusion for both parties involved. Having lost the initial court case, and the subsequent appeal, Sony cut its loss and settled with Immersion, using the opportunity to ink a new licensing deal.
All in all, this proved to be a very positive move from a PR perspective, and cleared the path to the potential re-introduction of rumble support in future iteration of the SIXAXIS controller for the PS3.
Many have suspected that since the agreement, Sony will have been working on a new controller with rumble support. We can now confirm that this is the case. We've heard from two independent sources at Sony that they have been working on prototypes for several months.