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Diablo 3 PS3 built for the controller, not PC port

If you are patiently awaiting the glorious arrival of Diablo 3 on console, we have some great comments from Blizzard this week for you to take into consideration. Diablo 3 on PS3 has obviously been a long time in the making, but Blizzard has insisted that part of the long development time is solely due to the fact that they didn’t just want to release a lazy port of the PC version.

Instead, Blizzard has taken their time and have explained this week that Diablo 3 for the PS3 has been created solely with the controller in mind. Because of this, the developer has also revealed that the game won’t support keyboard and mouse input via USB, since all of the game’s menus have been significantly altered to cater towards a controller experience.

One of Blizzard’s senior designers, Matthew Burger has even gone one step further, telling OPM that keyboard and mouse on the PS3 version of Diablo 3 ‘wouldn’t feel right’ – which gives you a good idea on just how serious the developer is taking the console version.

Another notable change for the PS3 version aside from interface is the addition of an evade command, which isn’t available on the PC version. Players will now be able to evade simply by using the right analogue stick, to which the player can then perform a dodge roll forwards, backwards, left or right.

Burger has said that this is just one of the changes between the two platforms and evade will help differentiate the fact that PS3 gamers can move around manually with their character, while PC gamers would usually point and click to move around.

Either way, it is looking like a great addition to the PS3 lineup. All we need now is a solid Diablo 3 release date on console – hopefully Blizzard will turn up and reveal this information at E3. There’s also the little matter of the PS4 version of Diablo 3, which Blizzard are remaining very silent on at the moment – will this just end up a port of the PS3 version?

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Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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