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Friday, 24 September 2010 09:13

3.50 PS3 firmware adds more than 3D

Written by David Stellmack


Reports of disabled USB devices trickle in
Apparently, the new 3.50 firmware update does more than add 3D Blu-ray support for the PlayStation 3. Word is starting to trickle in that apparently a number of USB adapters, controller converters, and non-Sony licensed devices are now disabled and no longer work after the update.

This seems to coincide with Sony’s consumer alert a while back warning users of unlicensed or “counterfeit” PlayStation 3 wireless controllers. Sony claimed that the warning was being sent because apparently some of these controllers could “ignite” or even “explode,” and these devices had not passed Sony’s rigorous testing requirements. The alert went on to suggest that such unlicensed devices might no longer function after future system updates. Apparently, this future time has come.

Reports from a variety of sources suggest that some of the products that are now disabled include controller adapters, including the Yobo PS3 JoyBox and the XCM Cross Battle Plus Adapter. The SplitFish FragFX, which is a mouse controller for the PS3, appears to no longer work as well, according to reports. While there are claims of some PS2 to PS3 adapters that still work, it is hard to tell at this point exactly which ones these are.

The best news is, of course, that no Sony controller is apparently affected and neither are any controllers that are officially licensed by Sony for the PlayStation 3. While a number of vendors are reporting problems, none of the vendors that have been disabled have a fix or work around to get their devices working again, and it is unclear yet if this is even a possibility. It just goes to show the risk that you are taking if you purchase a non-licensed product. At this point, Sony has had no direct comment about the situation, but if and when they do we suspect that they will advise buying an officially licensed device.

David Stellmack

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+24 #1 lansalot 2010-09-24 09:50
Out of interest, are there ANY corporations left that don't think screwing the customer is always the right and appropriate thing to do ?

Second time in recent months they've taken away things the customer has been perfectly used to, one was promised and advertised, the other wasn't.

Same result. YOU CAN PLAY WITH MY TOYS ONLY UNDER THE CONDITIONS I SET. CONDITIONS CAN AND WILL CHANGE IF I THINK I CAN GET MORE MONEY OUT OF YOU!

Suck it up... :-(
 
 
+16 #2 Jaberwocky 2010-09-24 09:54
Sounds like Sony are taking a leaf out of Apples book.That's the page headed Manic Control freaks! :lol:
 
 
+7 #3 yasin 2010-09-24 10:28
if it actually was going to ignite, fair enough.but what happens when i want to play gran turismo 5 with a non-official steering wheel?the official one costs £80 :(
 
 
+2 #4 ghelyar 2010-09-24 11:36
It's USB. That's 5V and just about a maximum of 1A current.

You couldn't start a fire with that even if it were a USB powered box of matches.




If this were just so that they could release their own mouse controller, for example, that would be fine, but they are killing 3rd party features and not replacing them with their own.
 
 
+9 #5 ogi 2010-09-24 11:43
Quoting ghelyar:
It's USB. That's 5V and just about a maximum of 1A current.
You couldn't start a fire with that even if it were a USB powered box of matches.

That's more than enough power to start a fire, heck there are even usb powered lighters:
http://www.yankodesign.com/2007/11/02/flamless-rechargeable-usb-lighter/
 
 
-2 #6 yasin 2010-09-24 16:40
Quoting ghelyar:
It's USB. That's 5V and just about a maximum of 1A current.

You couldn't start a fire with that even if it were a USB powered box of matches.

i beg to differ.
 
 
+2 #7 PS3MAGNATE 2010-09-24 18:41
ALL the new Splitfish FRAGFX Products work PERFECTLY FINE with the new Sony updates. Only the old v1 produced 3 yrs ago is disabled - which is why the FRAGFX Version 2/SE was released a long time ago.

Thankfully hardcore FPS PS3 mouse gamers will not have to go running back to their PC's.

FRAGFX controllers COMPLIMENT FPS gaming on PS3 and make it comfortable for PC gamers to join the PS3 community.

Sony intended to block Chinese direct knockoff versions of the DUALSHOCK - Not cause trouble for LEGITIMATE designers of unique gameware.
 
 
-3 #8 yasin 2010-09-24 19:23
i for one feel perfectly fine switching between ps3 and pc.i do it every night.its just about practice tbh
 
 
+1 #9 The blue fox 2010-09-27 04:47
This is why i don't update my PS3 any more. First they took away Linux. Then the silence. Then screwed up the BR player. Now this.
I don't think Sony doing this because controllers are blowing up. It's probably because there losing money.
Why pay 50$ for a Sony controller. When you can get one for 30$.

PS i don't play any online games for the PS3 So losing PS3 online is no big deal.
 

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