• PlayStation 3 Firmware 3.50 Blocks Exploding Third Party Controllers

    The PlayStation 3 video game console has received this week a new firmware upgrade, 3.50, which enables 3D Blu-ray playback as well as an array of other things, but also blocks the use of third-party PlayStation 3 controllers, according to a recent report.

    As you can imagine, quite a few PS3 users have started complaining, as their controllers didn't register with the console and they weren't able to use it, unless they had an official DualShock 3 controller.

    Sony claims that it did the right thing though, and released a statement saying that unlicensed third-party PS3 controllers were extremely dangerous.

    Since the company cannot control the quality of these counterfeit devices, it has taken the decision to disable such support through the firmware update.

    In the statement, Sony goes as far as saying that the unlicensed controllers exploded and resulted in serious injury to both the user and the PlayStation 3 console.

    "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."

    Sony specifies that only third-party controllers which were unlicensed with the company and worked via a USB dongle have been affected by the 3.50 firmware.

    Devices that were licensed by the company have not been affected, as they were proven to be safe for the customer through an array of testing procedures conducted by the Japanese company.

    Besides this interesting fact, the 3.50 PS3 Firmware packs quite a lot of features, including the aforementioned Blu-ray 3D playback, better grief reporting and enhanced integration for popular social network Facebook.

    Source: Softpedia
    Comments 4 Comments
    1. megabyteme's Avatar
      megabyteme -
      "counterfeit devices"?

      Assholes. I hate Sony more with each new firmware update...
    1. darkmawl's Avatar
      darkmawl -
      Interesting move by Sony. I failed to find any information regarding the exploding devices beside sony warning about it. This makes me believe there is either a very very small change of it exploding (Like any electronic device?) or they a just lieing to justify these changes.

      I do however see a lawsuit coming expecially in the EU. Not sure if they would win, but this seems to be against free market policies. However do not know a lot about them and do not know what people can do and can not do with there own IP. This however does feel just like MS lawsuite in with they where forced to introduce other browser with there windows and not just promote then own IE.
    1. TheFoX's Avatar
      TheFoX -
      After installing 3.50, my PS3 now takes an excessive time trying to connect to the internet through my router. Prior to this upgrade, my PS3 would connect to the internet, then to the PSNetwork, all within a few seconds. Now minutes seems to elapse while it is trying to connect.

      Anyone else had this issue?
    1. Dubmax's Avatar
      Dubmax -
      yup my ps3 keeps logging in and out randomly none of my other systems do that but on the other hand my 3rd party controller still works after the update