Sony Warns of Fake, Exploding PS3 Controllers
Sony issued a consumer alert earlier this week advising all PlayStation 3 owners to only use first-party, genuine PS3 wireless controllers. The company says counterfeit controllers, which look identical in appearance, have been introduced into the market and could explode.
"SCEA advises consumers to be cautious when buying PlayStation 3 wireless controllers from uncertain sources as the quality, reliability and safety of counterfeit products is uncertain, and in some cases, may be dangerous," Sony warns.
"It is possible that some counterfeit product may ignite or explode, resulting in injury or damage to the user, your PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system, or other property."
Sony also said it plans to introduce software updates to disable these counterfeit and unlicensed controllers.
PS3 Firmware 3.50 Disables Third Party Devices
by Kirolos Fam
In response to the PS3's recent hacking attempts such as the PS Jailbreak, Sony has decided to disable third party devices, including third party controllers and USB devices, making the PS3 hack-free. This comes after their first attempt to block out the Jailbreak through the PS3's mandatory 3.42 firmware update.
Sony put up a consumer alert on their site which says the following:
"Counterfeit PlayStation®3 Wireless Controllers, which are practically identical in appearance to genuine PlayStation®3 Wireless Controllers, have been discovered in the market. SCEA advises consumers to be cautious when buying PlayStation®3 Wireless Controllers from uncertain sources as the quality, reliability and safety of counterfeit products is uncertain, and in some cases, may be dangerous. It is possible that some counterfeit product may ignite or explode, resulting in injury or damage to the user, your PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, or other property. Moreover, SCEA does not support continued functionality of counterfeit or unlicensed controllers in system software updates and these devices may cease to function in the future because of system software updates."
The firmware will disable a good number of third party devices, but not all. This firmware only disables devices that work via USB and if the product isn't licensed by Sony, so some devices are still in the clear.
It seems clear that Sony is doing their best to block out any hacking or piracy attempts that rise up. We'll have to see what hackers do next...