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Bluetooth PS3 Controllers

Thanks to lynux3 at the Gamespot forums I found this article about the Bluetooth used in the PlayStation 3 (PS3). I don’t see any timestamp on this article, so I don’t know how old it is, but I found it interesting, so I thought you might as well.

First of all, they point out that the PS3 will use Bluetooth 2.0 EDR, which is nothing new. It’s in the PS3 specs. This means that it’ll support seven controllers. The PS3 itself is the eighth Bluetooth device. They point out that Bluetooth 2.0 devices have a range of 30 feet or greater, which I didn’t know. That means I don’t have to worry about the range, because I’ll probably never get further than 10 feet. But at least I know I have the space if I need it.

The report also says that “The reports from Sony are that the Bluetooth PS3 controllers will have a battery life of up to 24 hours, which is similar to other devices using Bluetooth technology.” The real question is: what happens then? Do I plug it in for a charge, or do I have to replace the batteries? It better be the former! If the latter, then lots of people will be really ticked.

Bluetooth 2.0 EDR can transmit data at rates up to 3.0Mbps. Even if for whatever reason it can only achieve 1.0Mbps (or less), that should still be plenty of bandwidth for lag-free gaming.

BlueTomorrow – PlayStation Will Utilize Bluetooth Technology in its PS3 Controllers