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Mad Catz will replace any controllers blocked by latest PS3 firmware update

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 27 Sep 2010 21:58 User comments (34)

Mad Catz will replace any controllers blocked by latest PS3 firmware update Following many reports that Sony's latest PlayStation 3 firmware update, version 3.50, blocks third-party controllers, popular accessory maker Mad Catz has said it will replace any affected controller.
That being said, Mad Catz says that "all Mad Catz products will continue to function" even after the update, with the exception of a few models from 2008 and earlier.

3.50, as reported by angry PS3 owners, blocks third party peripherals, accessories and USB storage devices.

Sony's response was that the ban would block "dangerous counterfeits," mainly controllers that Sony says have a chance of exploding. Most seem to think the move is a way to stop more products from being used to jailbreak the console.

Users have claimed that Mad Catz's 2008 Wireless PS3 GamePad, 2008 Wired PS3 GamePad and PS3 Wireless MicroCon have all ceased working after the update.

Says the accessory maker: "Mad Catz would like to take this opportunity to put gamers' minds at ease. 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."

"Any consumer who owns a Mad Catz product and is experiencing an issue, including an issue with the PlayStation 3 Firmware update should contact Mad Catz customer services. Providing the product is within warranty, Mad Catz will be happy to offer a suitable replacement."

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34 user comments

128.9.2010 2:15

Thats pretty noble of them



228.9.2010 2:24

Ahhh there it is... "Within Warranty." Hopefully the controllers that were sold before 2008 have a 3 year warranty.

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328.9.2010 2:37
ToxicHI
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Originally posted by dab0ne:
Ahhh there it is... "Within Warranty." Hopefully the controllers that were sold before 2008 have a 3 year warranty.
Dabone, all Mad Catz controllers have 5 yr warranties!

428.9.2010 2:41

Originally posted by dab0ne:
Ahhh there it is... "Within Warranty." Hopefully the controllers that were sold before 2008 have a 3 year warranty.
whats the chance of that though?

528.9.2010 2:47

I'm not a fan of mad catz.somethings about having to return 5 of their xbox controllers put me off them.When i returned the 5th one the guy in the shop said he'd had hundreds returned and he not gonna stock them anymore buy a proper xbox controller.Even think he gave me a discount on a proper xbox controller.


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628.9.2010 4:35
davidike
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sony again blocking competition with their monopolistic behaviour proving that 3rd party manufactures are more loyal to the gaming community by replacing blocked controllers.

waiting for the fanboys & stooges to write "you wouldnt put a ford part on a bmw now would you"!

Mad Catz are not compelled to do this so good for them.

Q. "counterfeit PlayStation 3 Wireless Controllers" had been discovered that "may ignite or explode," according to a consumer alert they released alongside the 3.50 update.

Source for these "exploding" controllers?

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728.9.2010 5:20

Originally posted by ToxicHI:
Originally posted by dab0ne:
Ahhh there it is... "Within Warranty." Hopefully the controllers that were sold before 2008 have a 3 year warranty.
Dabone, all Mad Catz controllers have 5 yr warranties!


I guess we're in luck then.

828.9.2010 6:18

i read through it like water. this was there goal all along. they've gotten away with taking away a selling point otherOS. what make you think there going to stop there.

the next move for Sony is to abolish Free Net play, its coming just wait. they'll make an excuse like

"to upgrade are network for up coming games and to ensure are consumers get the best possible experience we at Sony have decided to move away from are Free to play platform for 5 dollars a month you can enjoy the new PSN experience. (Marketing PR goes here)"


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928.9.2010 9:59

Looks like Sony is choosing the Crapple mentality. "It's my hardware. You're just renting it. We can make changes to any part of the software at anytime. Now where's my rattle and binky..."

I'm kinda happy my PS3 is the only Sony thing I have. Blu-ray is nice. It's more of a media platform for me, however the new Boxee Box may replace it as it supports MKV containers.

1028.9.2010 10:22

I wonder how much of this might be a side effect of killing the USB hack allowing the play of "backups"? I mean if you suddenly drasticly limit what can connect to the system it would be easy for them to make a list of approved items that identify themselves...


Just my $0.02,

dEwMe

1128.9.2010 10:51

I wonder how long before Sony blocks the newer controllers too

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1228.9.2010 14:53

I can understand blocking out bootleg software, I can even see where they are coming from (although I don't agree)when it comes to removing the "other OS" feature but blocking out third party hardware is a bunch of crap. It will eventually come to a point where ALL third party hardware is locked out and you will have to register your controller to your console. Buy a new console? You have to buy a new controller with it.

1328.9.2010 18:52

Quote:
3.50, as reported by angry PS3 owners, blocks third party peripherals, accessories and USB storage devices.
Am I the only one who caught this? Who gives 2 shits about 3rd party controllers if disabling them will effect external hard drives and flash drives. What's next, no more memory stick functionality? Can someone confirm this?

Sony is really starting to fuck themselves more and more with their 3rd console. The momentum they had in 95 is now coming to a halt. Next thing you know, they're going to start blatantly stealing ideas from other conso... oh, thats right.
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1428.9.2010 19:01

Don't forget they also removed ps1/2 compatibility.
This is their 3rd strike.

1529.9.2010 4:38

Originally posted by Clownzill:
Buy a new console? You have to buy a new controller with it.
It wouldn't be a huge jump...there are already games that won't work online, except on the first system they were installed on.

I doubt this has anything to do with the jailbreak; it would not be at all difficult to modify PSgroove to identify itself as a DS3.

1630.9.2010 0:17

their products sucks anyway

1730.9.2010 10:45

Ok so we have 3 apparent strikes that Sony has committed.

First, Backwards Compatibility was removed AFTER it was a selling point to would be consumers............Nice!

Second, They removed OtherOS, yet another HUGE selling point, not only to the regular consumers, but to Governments, Universities, etc..............................Brilliant!

Third, A blatant lie about possible "explosions" occuring when attempting to use a "third party" device, resulting in an update that renders certain peripherals useless. (Years after the consumers have already purchased these peripherals)..................................Beautiful!

Problem is, everyone who was suckered in to buying a PS3, everyone who is a "fanboy", all the parents who really have no clue as to whats going on with their 300 dollar purchase, will still support this company. What needs to be done is a boycott, stop supporting their system, stop buying the games. Purchase a different console, switch to PC gaming, DON'T BUY SONY PRODUCTS PERIOD. No movies, games, usb drives, blank media, televisions, blu-ray/dvd players, etc. Only through this process will a change happen, but unfortunately we live in a world where people are addicted to this shit and where people would rather complain about the situation. Stand up, take a deep breath, and and realize the sun will still come up tomorrow if you boycotted Sony and other companies of this nature.

Just my 2 cents, I will rest knowing this news doesn't effect me, I don't buy Sony.

Philosoweed

1830.9.2010 11:58

@Philosoweed... another boycott?!?

:D


Its a lot easier being righteous than right.


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1930.9.2010 12:48

@Jemborg, your response "another boycott?!?" says it all. If consumers as a whole would have completed the initial "boycott", we wouldn't be talking about this new information that has come to light. A true boycott is held once. Period. A true consumer revolution would null and void any of the things Sony has been pulling. It is only because no one holds true to the boycott that Sony is allowed to repeatedly control, manipulate, and rip off its consumers.

Bottom line is this, everyone has to accept responsibility for their actions and understand that somethings in life that seem unfair or wrong are a direct result to the choices they make. Take for example me, If i were to go out and buy a PS3, with all the knowledge of what is actually going on with Sony's unethical business practices, I would not have the right to log on to a forum and bitch and moan about anything that Sony does to make the PS3 less enjoyable to me. Why? Because I as a consumer would have done the research about the product I am willing to spend my hard earned money on. I have no one to blame but myself for continuing to purchase a product from a company that has shit on consumers in the past and given their track record will continue to do so. Screw me once and same on you, screw me twice, I'm the fool.

Philosoweed

2030.9.2010 23:57

If you think about it, Sony controllers have the highest possibility of exploding because of using Lithium Ion batteries and with the numerous Sony battery recalls in the past.

211.10.2010 2:35

Originally posted by core2kid:
If you think about it, Sony controllers have the highest possibility of exploding because of using Lithium Ion batteries and with the numerous Sony battery recalls in the past.
Of all the BS I've ever heard from Phony that has got to take the cake.

@Philosoweed: True... unfortunately we all have to live with compromises in life to some extent... and no one seems happy enough with that usually.

Its a lot easier being righteous than right.


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221.10.2010 8:04

Originally posted by Jemborg:
Originally posted by core2kid:
If you think about it, Sony controllers have the highest possibility of exploding because of using Lithium Ion batteries and with the numerous Sony battery recalls in the past.
Of all the BS I've ever heard from Phony that has got to take the cake.

@Philosoweed: True... unfortunately we all have to live with compromises in life to some extent... and no one seems happy enough with that usually.
Obviously you don't understand a joke.

231.10.2010 14:35

Originally posted by core2kid:
Originally posted by Jemborg:
Originally posted by core2kid:
If you think about it, Sony controllers have the highest possibility of exploding because of using Lithium Ion batteries and with the numerous Sony battery recalls in the past.
Of all the BS I've ever heard from Phony that has got to take the cake.

@Philosoweed: True... unfortunately we all have to live with compromises in life to some extent... and no one seems happy enough with that usually.
Obviously you don't understand a joke.
I was agreeing with you!

:D

Its a lot easier being righteous than right.


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241.10.2010 16:30

Originally posted by Jemborg:
Originally posted by core2kid:
Originally posted by Jemborg:
Originally posted by core2kid:
If you think about it, Sony controllers have the highest possibility of exploding because of using Lithium Ion batteries and with the numerous Sony battery recalls in the past.
Of all the BS I've ever heard from Phony that has got to take the cake.

@Philosoweed: True... unfortunately we all have to live with compromises in life to some extent... and no one seems happy enough with that usually.
Obviously you don't understand a joke.
I was agreeing with you!

:D
Sorry I didn't read it carefully lol.
Phony = Sony?

252.10.2010 5:10

Originally posted by core2kid:
Originally posted by Jemborg:
Originally posted by core2kid:
Originally posted by Jemborg:
Originally posted by core2kid:
If you think about it, Sony controllers have the highest possibility of exploding because of using Lithium Ion batteries and with the numerous Sony battery recalls in the past.
Of all the BS I've ever heard from Phony that has got to take the cake.

@Philosoweed: True... unfortunately we all have to live with compromises in life to some extent... and no one seems happy enough with that usually.
Obviously you don't understand a joke.
I was agreeing with you!

:D
Sorry I didn't read it carefully lol.
Phony = Sony?
Yep.

:)

Its a lot easier being righteous than right.


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263.10.2010 22:12

Hey, I don't care because I stopped purchasing "S" products when Afterdawn reported on their very first DRM. I do not plan to purchase "S" products ever again.

274.10.2010 4:45

How on Earth could a controller explode? Maybe the rechargeable batteries in a wireless one might explode but not any old controller. Just sounds like another excuse for limiting what can be connected to the PS3 to what Sony allows. Sony is becoming and more like Apple in this regard. Nothing but OUR peripherals are good enough for OUR products. What a load of horse puckies.

284.10.2010 12:33

Originally posted by philosoweed:
Ok so we have 3 apparent strikes that Sony has committed.

First, Backwards Compatibility was removed AFTER it was a selling point to would be consumers............Nice!

Second, They removed OtherOS, yet another HUGE selling point, not only to the regular consumers, but to Governments, Universities, etc..............................Brilliant!

Third, A blatant lie about possible "explosions" occuring when attempting to use a "third party" device, resulting in an update that renders certain peripherals useless. (Years after the consumers have already purchased these peripherals)..................................Beautiful!

Problem is, everyone who was suckered in to buying a PS3, everyone who is a "fanboy", all the parents who really have no clue as to whats going on with their 300 dollar purchase, will still support this company. What needs to be done is a boycott, stop supporting their system, stop buying the games. Purchase a different console, switch to PC gaming, DON'T BUY SONY PRODUCTS PERIOD. No movies, games, usb drives, blank media, televisions, blu-ray/dvd players, etc. Only through this process will a change happen, but unfortunately we live in a world where people are addicted to this shit and where people would rather complain about the situation. Stand up, take a deep breath, and and realize the sun will still come up tomorrow if you boycotted Sony and other companies of this nature.

Just my 2 cents, I will rest knowing this news doesn't effect me, I don't buy Sony.

Philosoweed
Only thing I'm going to disagree with here is the PC Gaming. I'm sorry but I love consoles for the reason that ALL games WORK on them. I've watched friends play games on their PC and they lag to shit or straight up crash. I get it they need better hardware, but to constantly update that hardware is a bit pricy to say the least. I'd rather spend money on one piece of hardware and have it last (hopefully) 6 years while playing every game "flawlessly."

294.10.2010 13:26

Originally posted by ee2skater:
Originally posted by philosoweed:
Ok so we have 3 apparent strikes that Sony has committed.

First, Backwards Compatibility was removed AFTER it was a selling point to would be consumers............Nice!

Second, They removed OtherOS, yet another HUGE selling point, not only to the regular consumers, but to Governments, Universities, etc..............................Brilliant!

Third, A blatant lie about possible "explosions" occuring when attempting to use a "third party" device, resulting in an update that renders certain peripherals useless. (Years after the consumers have already purchased these peripherals)..................................Beautiful!

Problem is, everyone who was suckered in to buying a PS3, everyone who is a "fanboy", all the parents who really have no clue as to whats going on with their 300 dollar purchase, will still support this company. What needs to be done is a boycott, stop supporting their system, stop buying the games. Purchase a different console, switch to PC gaming, DON'T BUY SONY PRODUCTS PERIOD. No movies, games, usb drives, blank media, televisions, blu-ray/dvd players, etc. Only through this process will a change happen, but unfortunately we live in a world where people are addicted to this shit and where people would rather complain about the situation. Stand up, take a deep breath, and and realize the sun will still come up tomorrow if you boycotted Sony and other companies of this nature.

Just my 2 cents, I will rest knowing this news doesn't effect me, I don't buy Sony.

Philosoweed
Only thing I'm going to disagree with here is the PC Gaming. I'm sorry but I love consoles for the reason that ALL games WORK on them. I've watched friends play games on their PC and they lag to shit or straight up crash. I get it they need better hardware, but to constantly update that hardware is a bit pricy to say the least. I'd rather spend money on one piece of hardware and have it last (hopefully) 6 years while playing every game "flawlessly."
Upgrade times depend on the tech you decide to throw in your PC, if you throw in a GFX card and processor from the last generation you can usually get a good 2-3 years before an upgrade. throw in the latest and greatest thing and you can get a good 4-6 years easy.

Consoles usually cheat on eyecandy and often employ low resolution passed through a chip dedicated to scaling up an image.

304.10.2010 13:45

Originally posted by DXR88:
Originally posted by ee2skater:
Originally posted by philosoweed:
Ok so we have 3 apparent strikes that Sony has committed.

First, Backwards Compatibility was removed AFTER it was a selling point to would be consumers............Nice!

Second, They removed OtherOS, yet another HUGE selling point, not only to the regular consumers, but to Governments, Universities, etc..............................Brilliant!

Third, A blatant lie about possible "explosions" occuring when attempting to use a "third party" device, resulting in an update that renders certain peripherals useless. (Years after the consumers have already purchased these peripherals)..................................Beautiful!

Problem is, everyone who was suckered in to buying a PS3, everyone who is a "fanboy", all the parents who really have no clue as to whats going on with their 300 dollar purchase, will still support this company. What needs to be done is a boycott, stop supporting their system, stop buying the games. Purchase a different console, switch to PC gaming, DON'T BUY SONY PRODUCTS PERIOD. No movies, games, usb drives, blank media, televisions, blu-ray/dvd players, etc. Only through this process will a change happen, but unfortunately we live in a world where people are addicted to this shit and where people would rather complain about the situation. Stand up, take a deep breath, and and realize the sun will still come up tomorrow if you boycotted Sony and other companies of this nature.

Just my 2 cents, I will rest knowing this news doesn't effect me, I don't buy Sony.

Philosoweed
Only thing I'm going to disagree with here is the PC Gaming. I'm sorry but I love consoles for the reason that ALL games WORK on them. I've watched friends play games on their PC and they lag to shit or straight up crash. I get it they need better hardware, but to constantly update that hardware is a bit pricy to say the least. I'd rather spend money on one piece of hardware and have it last (hopefully) 6 years while playing every game "flawlessly."
Upgrade times depend on the tech you decide to throw in your PC, if you throw in a GFX card and processor from the last generation you can usually get a good 2-3 years before an upgrade. throw in the latest and greatest thing and you can get a good 4-6 years easy.

Consoles usually cheat on eyecandy and often employ low resolution passed through a chip dedicated to scaling up an image.
Absolutely correct.

And if you love using a controller, as I do, you can employ the brilliant and cheap Xpadder app.

Its a lot easier being righteous than right.


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314.10.2010 14:46

Originally posted by DXR88:
Originally posted by ee2skater:
Originally posted by philosoweed:
Ok so we have 3 apparent strikes that Sony has committed.

First, Backwards Compatibility was removed AFTER it was a selling point to would be consumers............Nice!

Second, They removed OtherOS, yet another HUGE selling point, not only to the regular consumers, but to Governments, Universities, etc..............................Brilliant!

Third, A blatant lie about possible "explosions" occuring when attempting to use a "third party" device, resulting in an update that renders certain peripherals useless. (Years after the consumers have already purchased these peripherals)..................................Beautiful!

Problem is, everyone who was suckered in to buying a PS3, everyone who is a "fanboy", all the parents who really have no clue as to whats going on with their 300 dollar purchase, will still support this company. What needs to be done is a boycott, stop supporting their system, stop buying the games. Purchase a different console, switch to PC gaming, DON'T BUY SONY PRODUCTS PERIOD. No movies, games, usb drives, blank media, televisions, blu-ray/dvd players, etc. Only through this process will a change happen, but unfortunately we live in a world where people are addicted to this shit and where people would rather complain about the situation. Stand up, take a deep breath, and and realize the sun will still come up tomorrow if you boycotted Sony and other companies of this nature.

Just my 2 cents, I will rest knowing this news doesn't effect me, I don't buy Sony.

Philosoweed
Only thing I'm going to disagree with here is the PC Gaming. I'm sorry but I love consoles for the reason that ALL games WORK on them. I've watched friends play games on their PC and they lag to shit or straight up crash. I get it they need better hardware, but to constantly update that hardware is a bit pricy to say the least. I'd rather spend money on one piece of hardware and have it last (hopefully) 6 years while playing every game "flawlessly."
Upgrade times depend on the tech you decide to throw in your PC, if you throw in a GFX card and processor from the last generation you can usually get a good 2-3 years before an upgrade. throw in the latest and greatest thing and you can get a good 4-6 years easy.

Consoles usually cheat on eyecandy and often employ low resolution passed through a chip dedicated to scaling up an image.
Well when the newest processor (only the processor...) is roughly $300, and both consoles (including graphics card, compatible motherboard (because I know newest processors, from Intel at least, force you to get a new motherboard that's compatible), etc.) I feel like I'm saving money going with the consoles.

Edited: replaces cards with processors. That's what I meant to say and I went on with "including graphics card..." so that's why I put cards by accident.
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324.10.2010 15:10

Not sure I'd get an Intel GFX card.

Still it depends on what you want, if you want to game at 1080p or higher with decent AA then a PC is the go.


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334.10.2010 19:42

Originally posted by ee2skater:
Originally posted by DXR88:
Originally posted by ee2skater:
Originally posted by philosoweed:
=
Well when the newest processor (only the processor...) is roughly $300, and both consoles (including graphics card, compatible motherboard (because I know newest cards, from Intel at least, force you to get a new motherboard that's compatible), etc.) I feel like I'm saving money going with the consoles.
But see with a PC, you can almost bypass any unethical restraint they try to impose. With PC gaming, YOU CONTROL the hardware (and software if you know how to program a little.) You also have the ability to add emulators to your arsenal, which turns you PC into a virtual "console" system for almost every pre-gen system out there. WoW was created 6 years ago, and it is still installed and plays great on a system I built 7 years ago. Which by console standards is roughly 1 1/2 generations. Pros and cons to both i suppose, but I'd rather stick to a system that allows me to control what I can and can't do.
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345.10.2010 13:25

Originally posted by Jemborg:
Not sure I'd get an Intel GFX card.

Still it depends on what you want, if you want to game at 1080p or higher with decent AA then a PC is the go.
Haha sorry that was a typo (which I just edited) I definitely meant processor on that one. I wouldn't go with an Intel GFX card either :p I got EVGA 8600GT still which, since I don't game allll that much on a PC, works great.

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