Sony attempting to bar counterfeit PS3 controllers

Firmware block on 'dangerous' unlicensed pads reportedly affecting other devices too

Sony has attempted to bar the use of counterfeit controllers on its PlayStation 3.

However, some users are claiming that the most recent firmware update has rendered an array of third-party pads, USB devices and PS2 to PS3 controller converters inoperable on the console.

On Tuesday, Sony claimed that cheap cloned pads had hit the market, and presented a risk to consumers.

"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."

Following the release of the 3.50 firmware update this week, the scale of blocks may be higher than anticipated.

Some visitors to Sony's official message boards have claimed that even licensed third-party peripherals, such as some by MadCatz, have ceased to operate.

A number of USB flash drives were also reported as not working, as were adaptors intended to use other consoles' controllers with the PlayStation 3.

By contrast, many other users have claimed that their third-party peripherals and USB devices were entirely unaffected, leaving no clear picture as yet of what the update does and doesn't permit.

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Latest comments (15)

Richard Beard CG Artist 11 years ago
Id love to see a controller explode that would be something to see!
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Richard Leadbetter Director, Digital Foundry11 years ago
I wouldn't be surprised at all if this was all about locking out future implementations of the Jailbreak by operating a white list of "approved" USB devices and banning everything else.
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Marty Greenwell Senior Software Developer 11 years ago
@Richard Beard - Can happen, it only does everything ...
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Stephen McCarthy Studying Games Technology, Kingston University11 years ago
hackers will get pass it, they find a way to make it look a like a white list device
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Temi Web design 11 years ago
" It's to the consumers benefit that they can find "unlicensed" hardware to use with the ps3 if the costs are lower or the features are better. It's never to the consumers benefit to limit choice. Any crap companies say like that is meant for them and them only.

Also, what about the ppl who have already paid hundreds for hardware that now no longer works on the ps3? I'm hearing ppl with those spitfish controllers can't use them anymore (and they aint cheap. But I think its just the v1s that are affected). Some rockband controllers (someone said he paid $200 for it) don't work. Some disabled dude who had a modified controller to play sf4... doesnt work anymore.

Sony is running scared like a mofo and still losing to consoles that are hacked like a mofo. Next gen MS/nintendo is where I'm going (if they get their crap together). Even if sony catches up in console sales, they haven't made nearly as much money on software as either of those 2 companies and those companies have been hacked forevaaaa. Not to mention they have run up quite a bill on their games

Think about it though. If I don't need a licensed internal/external harddrive, a licensed tv, or a licensed HDMI cable, why do I need to only use licensed controllers and such? Cause it benefits THEM. It's within their right? Maybe. But having bought something and then having the company still exercising excess control over it is not going to sit well with a lot of consumers. "IT'S MINE!" "

Typed that on a forum somewhere. Really hope sony pays for all the foolishness they are doing. It's like the psp (which has sold crazily btw) scared the sense out of them. Not saying that Sony was all "pro-consumer" before than though

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Temi on 24th September 2010 4:24pm

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Private Industry 11 years ago
Temi it`s not like MS or Nintendo are not doing anything similar like that.
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Elikem Jubey11 years ago
It only did everything.
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David Spender Lead Programmer 11 years ago
A better example of FUD I have not seen.
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James Verity11 years ago
Sony why dont you just disable the USB ports altogether... and while your at it disable Photo, Video, Music and Browser... you know it makes sense...
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Private Industry 11 years ago
It`s probably just a mistake, there are so many peripherals out there you can`t test them all to see if they still work or not with the update that should ban unlicensed devices.
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Andrew Jakobs Lead Programmer 11 years ago
Make sure you check your controller maker's website for an updated firmware for the controller, I know the 'fragnstein' has a firmware update for this..
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 11 years ago
I currently use a GREAT third-party pad from Nyko that still works post update (thankfully). all three companies warn consumers about "bad" peripherals and while yes, there ARE a ton of awful knock offs out there, they're pretty easy to tell apart (a new PS3 pad for $10 is going to suck, no matter what the packing says). My "ancient" Foreman grill-style 80GB PS3 actually has a funky USB port (controller one), but it's one of those things where I play mostly solo and thankfully, the other three ports work just fine.
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james anderson11 years ago
isn't it made in china anyway ?
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Jordan Woodward Level Designer, Rebellion Developments11 years ago
Rofl. Exploding that's bringing the action right to your lounge.
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Private Industry 11 years ago
Well counterfeit controllers are most likely not tested for safeness by the organization responsible for it in the specific countries i.e. CE tested and hey even the 360 racing wheel that was tested had reported incidents of starting to smoke.
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