Force feedback technology firm Immersion told Next-Gen today that rumble implementation in the PlayStation 3's controller could be done at minimal cost to the consumer.
Immersion CEO Vic Viegas responded to recent comments made by Sony Computer Entertainment America boss Kaz Hirai regarding the expensiveness of rumble implementation in the PS3 controller.
Viegas said in a phone interview, "[Hirai's] saying that [combining rumble and tilt in a controller] isn't a technical problem any longer, so I'm glad their engineers figured that out-even though we knew the day after [Sony's press release] how to do it."
In May this year, Sony said that the PS3 controller, recently named Sixaxis, would be rumble-free because "vibration itself interferes with information detected by the [tilt] sensor."
Viegas continued, "But now [Sony] seems to say that the solution for the two technologies to work side-by-side is too expensive. … [Immersion] knows of ways to combine these two technologies without incremental increase to the cost. We've helped at least one other party do this as well. It doesn't really make any sense to me to say that the solution is really more expensive. I just don't believe it is."