The Dual Shock 3 controller that ships with the original PlayStation3 is essentially the same as the controller from the PlayStation 2... only the new one is wireless, has motion sensitivity, AND DOESN'T RUMBLE! Due to some ridiculous lawsuit, Sony excluded the rumble feature from the original controllers to avoid licensing fees. As such, early adopters (like me) had to wait several months for a rumble controller to be released (and now I have one new rumble controller, and an older "gimpy" rumble-free controller).
The wireless feature is nice, but at this point it's pretty much a prerequisite since the Xbox360 controller made it the standard. The motion sensor stuff is kinda cool, but has very little real world use. Most games that use it as the primary navigation method have reviewed poorly. The rumble, although subtle, plays a key part in drawing the player into the game by providing a tactile feedback as to what is happening on the screen -- however -- this is nothing new to game controllers. It existed in the PS2, Xbox, Xbox360, etc... It was only during the initial PS3 launch that the rumble was left out of the line-up.
As for the controller -- it's the standard PlayStation controller. I personally prefer the feel of the Xbox360 controller because I like how the triggers fit my fingers better, but that is personal preference.
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