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Help Come Up With a New DualShock 3 Design

Richard Ho's Avatar Posted by Associate Product Marketing Manager

Having spent countless hours gaming with the DualShock 3 controller, many of you can attest that it’s the controller of choice for gamers around the world. We’ve heard many of your requests for new DualShock 3 colors, and over the years we have introduced several new ones, from Metallic Blue to Urban Camo.


Hearing what you have to say and getting your feedback on our products is very important to us here at PlayStation. We want to add to our line-up of DualShock 3 colors, but this time we want you to be the designer. Starting today, and ending August 15th, you can go to PlayStation.Blog.Share to submit your idea for the design of the next DualShock 3 controller. Whether your design is based on your favorite game or your ideal color, all PlayStation fans will be able to vote on your idea. How cool would it be if you saw a new DualShock 3 that was inspired by you at your local game store?

You can find more details on how to submit your idea here, or just click below to get right to it. Be sure to select the DualShock 3 category when submitting. If you just want to vote, you can see all of the idea submissions here.

Please note that ideas are manually vetted for duplicates, so they won’t show up immediately. We look forward to your feedback!

Add Your Own

Batclaw21 said:

August 1st, 6:55 pm

How about a Gun Metal color
The Square,Triangle,Circe,and X buttons light up their original colors
The Shoulder buttons,Analog Sticks,Start & Select buttons,SONY,and the D-pad are a glossy black except for the letters on the Shoulder buttons and the arrows above the D-pad they are also the same Gun Metal color
Finally the PS button would light up its original red,orange,and blue colors.

ussr586 said:

August 1st, 7:04 pm

How about a black and yeloow controller

ussr586 said:

August 1st, 7:05 pm

i mean yellow


August 1st, 7:13 pm

Can we have it be see threw and light up.

supermoc10 said:

August 1st, 7:17 pm

I know this is unrelated but any chance you guys can release a version of the DS3 with the triggers of the PS Move Wheel. They are so much better than the default ones.

Enigma777 said:

August 1st, 7:37 pm

Title threw me off. Though you meant the actual controller. Not just the color. Either way the DS3 is pretty much perfect. The only thing I’d change is make the sticks concave, cause my thumbs tents to get sweaty and slip during extended play sessions.

ABNVOX said:

August 1st, 7:43 pm

Halloween Orange, Midnight Purple, Lime Green and a Sackboy Sack painted controllers would rock!

jwspiker said:

August 1st, 7:51 pm

honestly, how about going with a not just a color redesign but charge a 10$ premium for an aluminum one, or another similar light metal. Would be sweet to have metal shell controller

jwspiker said:

August 1st, 7:59 pm

Clear/see through would be the other option

kmcdrc1300 said:

August 1st, 8:12 pm

A purple dualshock 3 would have my money hands down.

whiteboyfromco said:

August 1st, 8:14 pm

People, we’re designing a dualshock 3 controller, not redesigning it. If the controller is changed, it’s no longer a dualshock 3. They are asking for designs and colors, NOT button replacement.

Burmecian_Rat said:

August 1st, 8:28 pm

When I read the article title “help with a new design”, I assumed Sony was FINALLY serious about updating its clunky ugly old controller for something more comfortable and ergonomic. I guess I assumed wrong since this is just another silly colour. The word to use then is “look”, not “design”.

One of the big reasons the PS3 has lost so much business to the Xbox 360 (and I suppose the Wii) this gen is because of its inferior controller. The dual shock needs a complete overhaul for the next gen. Start by getting proper triggers and switching the place of the d-pad and analog stick. Get rubber grips, and make the face buttons more clicky.

Ultranium said:

August 1st, 8:36 pm

I like all the answers that say boomerang. it’s obvious that Sony wants everyone to “design” a color. They should’ve had the topic named “design your scheme for the next dualshock 3 controller.” Otherwise, you’ll get a lot of joke answers.

I’d like a clear PS3 controller with blue LED lights.

jimmyfoxhound said:

August 1st, 8:47 pm


S_L_I_C_K--T said:

August 1st, 9:25 pm

All I want to see is Silver Crome and Gold Crome ps3 controller. I’d buy up 4 of them. 2 crome and 2 gold crome. It would be nice to make some slim ps3’s with shinny gold crome and silver crome skins to. I would be happy as heck!

Ezekiel_rsx69 said:

August 1st, 9:28 pm

I would just like a black one with clear square/triangle/circle/x buttons… No color on the buttons just black and white like the Vita. That would look sleek.

Ezekiel_rsx69 said:

August 1st, 9:31 pm

And then a white version of that too. All white, with the d-pad and buttons being clear. No color on the square/triangle/circle/x just done in black. Sleek Vita style. And a white PS3 in North America to go with it.

SpeedGabriel2002 said:

August 1st, 9:45 pm

why not game characters ideas sly emblem,iron spider emblem,crash,jak and daxter,Rachet and clank,Dragon ball,dragon ball z, Dragon ball GT,Sly or bentley and ,murray i would want the sly cooper emblem DS3 more than any DS3 please reply give me your thouts.

NYGiants845 said:

August 1st, 9:58 pm

I like the combination of black and neon green, something along the lines of this color scheme:


anoniob said:

August 1st, 10:04 pm

Make it to where you may design your own controller. You may order these from us.playstation.com and come up with your own unique design. All designs must be pre approved by SCEA, but each person can have their own unique controller.

TangBerry said:

August 1st, 10:19 pm

i agree id really like to see Purple theres not many girl colors out there !

LionsguardAgrias said:

August 1st, 10:22 pm

Just get the button background to match the controller base color, similar to the PSP.
It just looks awkward in annything but black right now.

LionsguardAgrias said:

August 1st, 10:32 pm

It’s a misleading header for sure but I can’t say I agree about the reasons Sony’s lost business this time around. The DS3 feels just fine. About the only true design change I would make is switching the dpad and left stick the way MS did.
Lost out to Xbox due to timing and Wii grabbed a new audience no one thought really existed 10 years ago.

california_Teddy said:

August 1st, 10:41 pm

i beleve alot of people would go crazy over a hello kitty theme.

BlueMarvel100 said:

August 1st, 11:31 pm

LEAVE IT THE WAY IT IS! The DUALSHOCK 3 controller is perfect the way it is. Please do not change it. Doing so would ruin millions of gamers’ experiences on the best console available (the PS3).

As far as designs go, an Uncharted 3 Drake’s Deception DUALSHOCK controller would be excellent.

ToFeY said:

August 2nd, 1:48 am

an apple green colored controller would be nice ;D

Bladenhell said:

August 2nd, 2:59 am

i would like a Black and White Dualshock 3 ( White at front ), and you should add a led light for the PS button.

AizawaYuuichi said:

August 2nd, 3:16 am

Wow. When I first read this, I figured I would be one of the only people asking for a purple controller. But then I browse over the first page and see about a half dozen other commenters ask for it as well. Now I’m feeling my odds are up. I shall go and look for that color submission and vote for it.

I personally would prefer a deep purple/grape purple hue, but I could go for a good violet as well. I currently am rocking red, white and blue controllers thanks to the suggestion of a friend that works at the local game store, but it feels weird having three controllers, so I’ve been trying to find a suitable fourth color. If purple were to appear in stores at some point, it would be an insta-purchase.

lupo88 said:

August 2nd, 3:36 am

gold with the flames. also with the face of kratos or lara.

DarkMegamanSX900 said:

August 2nd, 4:03 am

Make a DualShock3 controller of these three famous characters use there colors Sly Cooper his Can be Like Gray colored DualShock Ratchet can be like the orange or Yellow DualShock3 controller I saw one before but there was a limited amount you guys should make that again and Jak can be like a Dark purple for his Dark Jak form so what do you guys thank you like the colors I pick
Ratchet orange or Yellow like DualShock3 controller
Sly Cooper Gray like DualShock3 controller
Jak Dark Purple DualShock3 controller

ARC_Stig said:

August 2nd, 5:21 am

Looks like alot of people want to see some lights added in. :D I think it would be an awesome addittion for the controller. :D I guess I’ll wait to buy a new controller untill I know which of these is going to get it. :D

mastorofpuppetz said:

August 2nd, 5:28 am

It’s obvious, everyone knows the L2 and R2 buttons are in too far and too weak (Not rigid enough), controller is to small, and the analog sticks have rounded up tops whihc make it easy for the fingers to slip off. See Xbox controller. There are thousands of gamers who play more on 360 because of the controller alone. The 2 analogs also could be better placed

EyesBleedNoSleep said:

August 2nd, 5:29 am

To know that an idea you have might actually become reality for a PlayStation 3 New DualShock 3 Controller & then that controller will be available to the PS3 gamer masses all around the world & you had a part in it.

Corvo_Bianco_ said:

August 2nd, 6:18 am

I would add an option to adjust the vibration seen in some games overdoing it as a vibration

LikeRA1N said:

August 2nd, 6:27 am

I just submitted my idea. Something like a pattern collection from floral to royal. I’d personally love a plaid black, red and white DS3 controller. Ha!

artem9000 said:

August 2nd, 6:28 am

One more idea:
DualShock 3 with yellow Plus logo on right button pad with free Plus subscription for 3 month

djnealb said:

August 2nd, 6:55 am

Sooooo, what if I already posted an idea for the DS3, but it was over 2 years ago and has over 170 up votes?
Do I need to repost it?

djnealb said:

August 2nd, 6:59 am

Also, so much for manually vetting for duplicates. I’m 10 pages into Share and can’t tell you how many purple, black & gold, metallic, etc. ideas I’ve seen.

Undrey said:

August 2nd, 7:01 am

This isn’t new but I’d like a controller with the R2 and L2 buttons in the controller (see the PS2 controller). Since my R2 button is weak now.

supeMAN_313 said:

August 2nd, 7:20 am

iwant batmn dualshock 3 or encharted 3 thanks sony for evey thing

djnealb said:

August 2nd, 7:22 am

I just submitted a link to my original idea from 2 years ago. I hope it wins :P

gamepro_88 said:

August 2nd, 7:28 am

When is the ps4 coming out

ILVX said:

August 2nd, 7:56 am

Arctic Frost? (sorry for bad quality, it only took me like 20 mins)


KiNg__RKO__ said:

August 2nd, 8:10 am


Heavenly_king said:

August 2nd, 8:16 am

it would be nice if the new controller color schemes/designs come also with a console that resembles those design.

chemerie said:

August 2nd, 8:33 am

jusr recentjly got a gold Dualshock 3, but will we ever see transparent Dualshock 3s soon?

djnealb said:

August 2nd, 9:07 am

We would if they went with my idea from 2 years ago for transparent DS3s (and colored transparent controllers). I guess I was 2 years ahead of my time. Good news, though, is that that idea has over 170 up votes.

Ryuk4ever said:

August 2nd, 9:19 am

Great idea, A controlled, double color as white with black, blue to red, etc.

BuchNasty said:

August 2nd, 9:20 am

Sony REALLY needs to start releasing controllers painted with exlusive playstation characters. Microsoft has been capitalizing on this idea forever and it definitely gets controllers sold. How many people care about having a camo theme controller? Probably not that many but you can guarantee its not as many as those who would go out and buy an uncharted 3 themed controller. People have no problem spending the money to have a controller with their favorite game characters on it such as Sly, jak, ratchet and clank, cole mcgrath, and so on. I play my ps3 WAY more than my 360 but one thing that I always am envious of is all the controller choices xbox players have. Not sure why they haven’t followed the marketing idea yet but sony it’s time to get the ball rollin’!

BuchNasty said:

August 2nd, 9:25 am

Wow… there’s so much wrong with what you just said. Ps2 is STILL the best controller to date. The only thing wrong about the ps3 design is that the r2 and l2 buttons backs are rounded so when you put the controller down sometimes they accidentally hit the switches and I dislike that. The 360 design is a bit more comfortable (idk why you’d bring up the wiimote.. that thing is just made of awful) but that D-pad is attrocious, and since the ps3 controller isn’t uncomfortable by any means I’d take usability over a bit more comfort.

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