Lightning Strikes Again With A Metallic Red PS3 Controller

By Spencer . August 10, 2013 . 2:00pm

There isn’t a Lightning Returns hardware bundle yet, but there is a Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII controller from Hori. The  metallic red color is based on Lightning’s outfit.


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Lightning’s controller has a turbo button with three settings – 5, 12, or 20 button presses a second. You can also set the analog stick to normal, narrow or wide mode. The downsides about the controller are it’s wired with a 3m cable and it doesn’t have motion sensors like a regular DualShock 3. The Lightning Returns controller costs 3,980 yen ($41) and includes a cleaning cloth as a bonus.

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  • iLoveLightning

    I LIKE IT >:D

  • >wired with a 3m cable and it doesn’t have motion sensors
    LOL. It’s a good controller for collection, but who want to play with it?

    • ALfromHELLSING

      My thoughts exactly. I was planning to pre-order it after the announcement, but I guess I’ll pass.

    • Zal_Yagun

      Sounds more like a PC controller that looks PS3ish

      • Firekitty

        XD Maybe they’re hoping to get some sales off the FFXIV PC version crowd.

    • Kaitsu


      • ninjabart122

        Don’t RPGs tend to have a button to skip a scene nowadays?

        • School Idol Addict

          Yeah most RPG have skip scene nowaday, but still quite a few don’t allow skip scene on the first playthrough.

        • Firekitty

          Yeah, but who actually uses it? Unless it’s a scene right before a tough fight and you just lost for the hundredth time >.<.

      • Helepythia

        …but don’t people play RPGs generally for the story?

  • DriftSlave

    I’d always prefer Wired over Wireless…

    • Aoshi00

      but why.. it’s not like wireless is less responsive, of course 1st party always better than 3rd party. Sure it needs recharging, but I’m glad we’re done w/ the wire mess which were death traps (especially if you have more than 1 lying around), and most controllers’ wires are not long enough for across the living room anyway (Super Famicom ones were way shorter than SNES).

      Other than the box, this doesn’t look like a custom 13-3 Lightning controller at all though..

      • DriftSlave

        Unlike most people I keep up with my wires and have no qualm with them, 90% of my charges have wires and my specialty controllers are wired…like my fightsticks and yes with fightsticks wireless is god awful. Wireless is nice but comes with a price alot of the time(MS can’t seem to drop batteries….and others do have input latency that can’t be dealt with).

        I’m sorry if I don’t share your opinion but again…wired 4 life.

        • Aoshi00

          I keep everything very neat too, but most wires are not long enough, if you’re talking about the Famicom or Super Famicom ones, the system needed to be literally right in front of you. The wireless controllers one could just store them away, wired ones you need to unplug it, wrap it, etc.

          I have two sticks for shmups too, but we’re talking about controllers here, if you’re not playing fighters, there’s basically no difference. It’s like phones, there’s wireless phones now, why would anyone want to go back to a wired phone at home, it’s not a phone on an office desk. Or wired internet, back then I would line the ethernet cable along the wall in my place, but now there’s Wifi, so everything’s connected no matter how big your house is w/o all the wires, your tablet, 3DS, Vita, etc.

          It’s good you don’t mind though, my TV/consoles are like 20 feet away from my sofa, too troublesome to hook up to extension cables for no reason.

          I like to charge things w/ charge stands too, just throw it in, get it out once it’s charged, instead of hooking up w/ USB cables. So for PS3, you actually hook up the dualshock 3 to the system all the time even during play? the 360 batteries are not expensive either, I’ve used them for years and they still last long.. also if you have 6 or 7 systems hooked up at the same time, the wires take up a lot of room.

          • DriftSlave

            My gaming setup is in my room, with multiple braided wires for multiple consoles and monitors along with my PC. I don’t have a problem with wires because everything is within arms reach and yes I could play my PS3 with the DS3 plugged in all the time if I wanted to…no big deal for me at all.

            My internet is wired connected, I don’t take chances with wireless BS, anything can happen and again how I have things set up in my room it’s right next to the modem so again wires are completely fine with me. For phones, sure wireless is great, for other general stuff like Mouses, Keyboards, Headsets, ect. it’s whatever to me. As manly a console gamer I prefer wired (specifically controllers) over wireless because it doesn’t hinder me in the slightest. Maybe if I had a 50+ inch TV that was far away from my couch then I would agree with you but since I have nothing over 30 and don’t like to sit far away from the action, it’s more or less why I don’t mind wires.

            Wires imo don’t take up alot of room but again thats generally how I am (I put away unused items), so I never had a issue with clutter or had wires got tangled/in the way of things.

            I personally think this is something we will have to agree to disagree on since we have different lifestyles and that in it’s self reflect on our viewpoints, but I completely understand where your coming from and in a similar situation I’d understand why you prefer wireless controllers.

  • Ooh Bee

    Does it come with an exclusive costume? WE NEED MORE COSTUME NEWS.

  • Rishtopher

    I read the headline and just assumed she had a new costume of a PS3 controller. Shame on me.

    • KuroNathan

      I would like to see a costume based on a ps3 controller.

      • LightningFarron19

        Something tells me that the controller sticks would be on Lightning’s breasts.

  • benhofb

    I don’t really get the point of turbo buttons. Whenever I’ve used them, they seem to really mess up my game…

  • DesmaX

    and it doesn’t have motion sensors like a regular DualShock 3

    Oh, bummer. I can’t pilot the helicopter in GTA IV with this

  • Bobby Jennings

    A fake controller… D:. Just make a designed controller….jesus SE.

  • Detective Sabin

    I like the color on this controller, save for the white surrounding the analog sticks. Seriously, who approved that?


    This looks more like a Gran Turismo controller than a FF themed controller imo

  • Learii

    I got 1 of those but is broken :(

  • DrakeClawfang

    Why on earth would you ever need to use a turbo controller to play an RPG?

  • ElAbuelo69

    this is JP-only right?

    • Hori could bring it over, who knows really

    • Firekitty

      Most likely, since I think one was made for either FFXIII or XIII-2 and never came to the states…but there’s no reason it wouldn’t work just fine on a non-JP system.

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  • anarchy_panty

    The dpad is interconnected rather than disconnected, the analogue sticks are farther apart and concave rather than convex… Honestly, this controller fixes every problem I have with the Dualshock. If the build quality is good, I’d consider importing one. Probably won’t happen, though.

    • Chow

      The D-Pad issue you described doesn’t gel with me. The regular Dualshock’d D-Pad is interconnected under the shell. The entire D-Pad moves/tilts along with the rest of it when pressed, just like an “above shell” D-Pad would, if you look closely.

      My only worry about the kind of D-Pad seen in this Lightning Model is that it invites the possibility that it might not have much of a pressing depth (and be clicky), since it doesn’t require that it be simultaneously above and below the shell in any significant amount (if that makes any sense).

      I like the concave analogue sticks, like you mentioned. But I’m not sure what to say about the R2/L2 buttons, since they seem to be just buttons in the pictures.

  • Erwin MadJelly

    Reminds me back to the PS1 days. TURBO ACTIVATED!!

  • Firekitty

    It’s too red, not Lightning-ish at all. I’d rather see something in white with pink and gray detailing :

  • Is my imagination or this controller was announced like four months ago or something?

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