Sony's Insanity Continues.

Logan King
September 24, 2010

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That silly "unauthorized controllers may explode so we don't support them" crap Sony talked about the other day? Apparently that was Sony legalese for "we are going to intentionally disable third-party controllers that we don't like." Fantastic, Sony. I feel much safer.


Owners of various PS3 peripherals, including (but not limited to) the Yobo PS3 Joybox, the XCM Cross Battle Plus Adapter and the SplitFish FragFX, are reporting compatibility issues after the release of PS3 firmware 3.50. Some conspiracy theorists believe the rampant failure of these devices is linked to Sony's ongoing battle to circumvent further use of the PS3 jailbreak, which requires a USB tool to activate.

1UP suggests that this issue may be a side effect of Sony's discovery (and subsequent disabling) of "counterfeit" PS3 controllers. A recent consumer alert on Sony's official website states that "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 1UP report adds that "no third-party controllers that are officially licensed by Sony" have been disabled in the latest update. Considering the affected devices haven't been officially licensed, it's unlikely that a fix will be offered. A SCEA representative told us that "SCE does not support continued functionality of unlicensed controllers."


That third paragraph is incorrect, by the way.

Sony, who designed the PS3 with a deliberately open standard for USB devices so the system would support PC peripherals, apparently have decided that going completely full-blown crazy in their overreactions to things they don't like is the way to go. I'm starting to wish Sony never offered any of this extra freedom over the 360 in the first place if they were going to remove it in the future.

Of course, something to keep in mind is that it is entirely possible that this was an accident, but I personally doubt it.



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