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Sony Says Fake PS3 Controllers Could Explode

Sony this week released a consumer alert warning users about the dangers of counterfeit or unlicensed controllers.

"Counterfeit PlayStation 3 Wireless Controllers, which are practically identical in appearance to genuine PlayStation 3 Wireless Controllers, have been discovered in the market," Sony said in the statement.

"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."

The PlayStation manufacturer goes on to say that because Sony is not obligated to ensure support for such devices, so they could stop working or be rendered useless with a firmware update.

Counterfeit controllers aren't a new concept, which makes us wonder why Sony suddenly decided to warn customers about the dangers of opting for cheap, no-name controllers instead of the official, Sony-branded controllers. The company didn't name any specific controllers in its warning.

Source: Sony via CNet

  • Raidur
    Now that's harsh competition!

    Buy from us, or lose your hands!

    Maybe they're just looking out for us... mhmm...
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  • liveonc
    More exposure, fear, & reasons! $ loss in earnings = $ spent in hype & no-no's. They're dangerous, built by slaves, allergenic materials used, non bio-degradable, can't be recycled, fund terrorism, & is owned by Osama. ;-)
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  • bv90andy
    Yea, like the fake Sony Vaio'. Oh wait.
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  • restatement3dofted
    "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."

    I'd love to know what prompted them to suggest that knock-off controllers are subject to a risk of spontaneous combustion (and why PS3 knock-off controllers, in particular, pose that risk).
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  • liveonc
    Restatement3dofTed"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."I'd love to know what prompted them to suggest that knock-off controllers are subject to a risk of spontaneous combustion (and why PS3 knock-off controllers, in particular, pose that risk).
    If it wasn't indirect general hype, don't you think they'd be more specific in details on exactly which rip-off controller it was, more than just saying rip off PS3 controller? Someone must know which component causes this spontaneous combustion & why, also where it comes from or at least where the defective component(s) come from?
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  • Strider-Hiryu_79
    I guess this type of controller "interaction" would not benefit any gamer.
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  • alidan
    its the battery, actually.

    it probably wont blow during use, because the ps3 controllers aren't battery intensive. its during charge.

    look up Lithium Polymer, they are very cheap, and hold a hell of a charge, but that comes with a risk.
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  • Darkv1
    So off-brand Sony controllers will literally bomb?

    Sorry for the pun I couldn't help myself.
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  • can you people read? The article says "knock-offs","copies". the things are all over ebay. They are exact copies, even the packaging. There is no way to know which ones they are. I personally emailed Sony several times about the controllers on ebay ( they could easily have them all removed ) Sony acted like they weren't aware of them. I guess one had to explode before they claimed they weren't their controllers.
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  • eddieroolz
    Intense gaming session, now with real explosive effects!
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