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Sony Begins Barring Counterfeit/Unlicensed Controllers |

According to, Sony has began barring counterfeit and unlicensed peripherals and USB accessories (adapters and flash drives) through the recently released firmware 3.50. Sony says:

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.

Imagine a controller blowing up in your hands for a second 😆 . Anyway, it is believed that there’s a “white list” of accessories that the system now accepts, but there have also been some reports of a few licensed third party accessories that are having issues with the PS3 reading them. This has happened last year as well, with the white counterfeit controllers like in the video.

  • this made me check my controllers even though one came with the system and the other two i bought new from national retailers in official packaging

  • Oly

    Mad Catz has tested its controllers on the 3.50 system and found that the following three don’t function with upgraded PS3s, company spokesman Alex Verrey explained in an e-mail.

    The models are:

    – The 2008 Wireless PS3 GamePad (Only the one released prior to 2008, current version in stores works fine)
    – The 2008 Wired PS3 GamePad (Only the one released prior to 2008, current version in stores works fine)
    – The PS3 Wireless MicroCon (Now discontinued)

    New Mad Catz peripherals, be they controllers, Street Fighter IV sticks or Rock Band instruments, should work fine with the PS3, Verrey said. He urged anyone with concerns to contact Mad Catz customer service.

  • EdEN

    This is why I only buy original controllers for my consoles and directly from known retailers (Best Buy, Gamestop, Walmart, Target, etc). Never bought a Mad Catz product and saving $5-10 on a controller will definitely come back and bite you in the ass… as has been proven after the 3.50 firmware update.

  • Even though this generation’s controllers from Sony aren’t as reliable as the ones they made for the PS1 & 2, I always stick with the official controllers for consoles. They are always going to work better with their systems compared to 3rd party peripherals.

    Just like Eden said, it’s always better to pay a little extra money and know that you got a quality product. You get what you pay for and I rather not take the risk cause it will probably just cost you more money in the end.

    Oh and before anyone makes any comments on my comment, yes I do beleive that this generation of controllers aren’t as reliable as previous generations. I’ve had trouble with both the Six Axis and the Dual Shock 3 controllers.
    First off I take really really good care of my controllers, I have never spilled anything on them and I only buy them from Game Stop or Wal-Mart. Even Though they’re only minor issues, I have had buttons begin to stick on both versions and the analog sticks sometimes don’t want to stop when you let go of them. I also had an issue with the first Dual Shock 3 that I bought and it was only a few months old. It worked great at first but out of the blue it just stopped taking a charge anymore. So now all it’s good for is a paper weight.

    Now I still have the original controllers and other controllers that I bought later for both my PS1 and PS2 and they all still work flawlessly and I have never had a problem with any of them.

    Don’t get me wrong, although I have had some minor issues here and there, I still only buy official controllers. I still beleive that Sony makes the best controllers for the PS3, period.

  • Kenshin

    Though the fake controllers should be banned I feel bad for the people who have 3rd party controllers start working.

  • Oly

    Even though this generation’s controllers from Sony aren’t as reliable as the ones they made for the PS1 & 2,

    I agree actually, Ive gone thru about 6 (my kids and I) controllers, where something starts not working right. I think its from the excessive mashing of the R buttons for FPS lol

  • OMG…i got so scared. Had a party last night, and the next day my controllers were just not syncing for some reason. Turns out the batteries were gone completely. Lol, wow what a scare.

  • lol seems like sony is shitting bricks with this situation

  • do people really buy mad catz stuff still?