The most useless PS3 peripheral?

Thursday 14 June 2007
Is this the most useless peripheral ever created for PlayStation 3, or any other console? Manufacturer Logitech promises that its %26pound;29.99 Cordless Precision Controller offers "wireless freedom" and "familiar PlayStation controls", on its official website (opens in new tab).

But what are the Precision Controller's actual features? Take a glance below:

1 No Bluetooth support
It might offer "wireless freedom", but that's only if you define wireless freedom as 'having to plug Logitech's USB WiFi dongle into your PS3 to get the thing to work'.

2 "Vibration support"
Yes, it's got rumble, which we love. But do any PlayStation 3 games have rumble? Er... no. Making this feature utterly defunct for next-gen gaming, at least until Sony get its arse in gear and releases an official rumbling pad.

3 Terrible D-pad
We don't have to touch this D-pad to know that its floating, bulbous design will make playing PES a nightmare. And that, of course, is the primary criteria with which we judge any controller.

4 "Power management"
Nope, not some built-in game, but PR speak for '2 AA batteries required'. Batteries that, of course, aren't included. That said, at least we don't have to plug in another bleeding USB lead to keep it charged.

5 No SixAxis
Which means that when Lair comes out you'll be stuffed, as it makes heavy use of SixAxis controls. And how many more games will go this route? With the success of Wii, we're guessing quite a few. Oh, Logitech, what were you thinking?

Ben Richardson is a former Staff Writer for Official PlayStation 2 magazine and a former Content Editor of GamesRadar+. In the years since Ben left GR, he has worked as a columnist, communications officer, charity coach, and podcast host – but we still look back to his news stories from time to time, they are a window into a different era of video games.