MadCatz: Most of Our Peripherals Still Work on PS3 FW 3.50


With the recently released firmware update 3.50, Sony locked out a number of third-party peripherals from working on the PS3.Peripheral manufacturer MadCatz, however, has assured gamers that while some of their products no longer work the majority of them are unaffected.

Here’s the official statement from MadCatz:

With the exception of a small quantity of controllers sold before 2008, we believe that all Mad Catz products will continue to function as they did prior to the 3.50 Firmware update including high profile products such as our range of Street Fighter IVFightSticks and Wireless FightPads; our range of controllers and accessories for Call of Duty; our Cyborg F.L.Y. 9 Wireless FlightStick; our wired and wireless control pads; and our range of Rock Band accessories.

The 2008 wireless PS3 GamePad, the 2008 wired PS3 GamePad and the PS3 wireless MicroCon no longer work. If you’re in need of a replacement device you can contact MadCatz’s customer service department.


Written by: Ace - News Contributor


  1. #1 by EdEN on September 26th, 2010 [ 136069 Points ]

    Well, when you have to say: “sorry most of your purchases from us don’t work anymore but hey, some of them still do!” you’re pretty much screwed over your customers.

  2. #2 by derrickgott007 on September 26th, 2010

    Not really eden. Just like a warranty on a car, their responsibility to the customer expires. Such as MS not supporting windows 98,ME, and soon to be XP.

  3. #3 by EdEN on September 26th, 2010 [ 136069 Points ]

    Well, when talking OS I can see your point. But this is controllers for a console and thus should never become obsolete or un-usable for said console.

  4. #4 by derrickgott007 on September 26th, 2010

    If you read the fine print in your playstation users agreement it clearly states that the use of 3rd party accessories can void your warranty, so that’s why Sony can block use of them. Sony wasn’t trying to block the controllers themselves but the way they use USB on the PS3. Don’t be mad at Mad Catz , be mad at the hacking devices like PSgroove and other USB exploit devices.
    Sony DOES NOT allow anyone to use blutooth in 3rd party controllers.

    When in doubt use 1st party controllers as you’ll never have to worry about

  5. #5 by Skintrade on September 27th, 2010 [ 400 Points ]

    ” If you’re in need of a replacement device you can contact MadCatz’s customer service department.” does this mean free or subsidised replacements?

  6. #6 by Skintrade on September 27th, 2010 [ 400 Points ]

    Also, it would be interesting to see if any other peripheral makers are alos suffering (have asked Logitech – they don’t make many PS3 bits though)

  7. #7 by Ninja_Jiggla on September 27th, 2010

    More greed by Sony. $60 for a controller really?

  8. #8 by Darth_Icarus on September 27th, 2010 [ 40 Points ]

    Wonder what support Customer Service would give to people who had affected devices, can’t imagine they have a patch to fix a controller. Perhaps they just give coupons for discounted replacements…though knowing that Sony can kill 3rd party stuff I would hesitate to ever purchase one in the future.

  9. #9 by mulligank on September 27th, 2010 [ 625 Points ]

    Sux for everyone that has this problem. I hate dealing with things like this. What a headache

  10. #10 by premiersoupir on September 27th, 2010 [ 17020 Points ]

    derrickgott007Sony wasn’t trying to block the controllers themselves but the way they use USB on the PS3. Don’t be mad at Mad Catz , be mad at the hacking devices like PSgroove and other USB exploit devices.

    Yeah, that’s what Sony claims, but it’s simply more Sony BS. People have delivered the jailbreak payload with official sixaxis controllers! http://www.ps3news.com/forums/ps3-hacks/video-ps3-jailbroken-playstation-3-sixaxis-controller-113203.html

  11. #11 by Kenshin on September 27th, 2010 [ 95 Points ]

    Why would anyone want a madcatz product? They suck!

  12. #12 by Jack on September 29th, 2010 [ 100 Points ]

    $ony try to grab any money they can, but still didnt make enough to cover their lost…

  13. #13 by Martin B on October 1st, 2010

    I really liked my Madcatz controller and the ps3 update (Sept 10) has killed it. I no longer have the receipt (it is quite old) and it is definitely no longer working, but was fine just before the update. So this update has cost me £40.

    I hope Madcatz are p****** off with Sony as I will not buy Madcatz stuff again even thought they make very good products!

    Sony should let people know beforehand in the press if they are going to produce updates to the system the prevent third party devices from working. inc.

    I thought connecting to the ps network would make things better, but not in this case!

  14. #14 by Darklurkr23 on July 3rd, 2011 [ 20336 Points ]

    SRK forums endorses Madcatz so they must be good fighting sticks to anyone interested. They even gave away a GOLD stick to the winners of EVO last year!


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