As a longtime Playstation fan, I'm very familiar with the controllers that have come with each system. The Sixaxis controller by Sony is an improvement on an already solid game controller. It looks almost the same as the PS2 controller with four trigger buttons, a directional pad, four action buttons, select and start buttons, and two analog joysticks. The similarities end there and the distinction of the PS3 controller begins. First of all, the wire is gone and the new controller uses bluetooth technology to sync up with your PS3. In the spot where the wire was is a USB for connecting the controller to your PS3 for charging purposes. In the center of the Sixaxis is the Playstation button which is used to quit games/movie playback, place the system in/out of standby mode, or turn the controller on/off. Another cool feature of the Sixaxis is that it has tilt sensors in it. If you have a racing game, for instance, you can use your controller as a steering wheel and your car on screen will react to the motions of the controller itself. The Sixaxis is very light and very familiar to experienced gamer. I'd highly recommend this controller for all your gaming needs.