PS3 firmware kills third-party adaptors, 3D requires lossy audio

Sony has a problem with unauthorized, third-party controllers. You see, they could explode. They are very dangerous things. The latest update for the PlayStation 3 adds support for 3D Blu-ray playback, but it also removes support for these contraband devices. There is a slight problem with this, however, as gamers are upset that many devices no longer work with their hardware.

The affected hardware? Adaptors allowing PlayStation 2 and Xbox 360 controllers to work on the hardware, as well as some devices that connect via USB. There are two possibilities here: Sony no longer wants these devices to work properly, or this is a bug that will be fixed with (sigh) future updates.

Another interesting tidbit: to play 3D Blu-ray discs you’ll be forced to use lossy audio. “When playing back a 3D BD with a DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack, the PS3 will output DTS,” reports. “When playing back a 3D BD with a Dolby TrueHD soundtrack, the PS3 will output Dolby Digital. This affects both PCM output and bitstreaming (available on slim consoles only).” It’s hard to get too upset about this one: the PlayStation 3 continues to improve and adapt as a Blu-ray player, and only audiophiles will notice the change in audio, much less care.


They did this, of course, to stop the magical USB dongle that cracked the PS3.

It’s too late though. Rumor has it somebody already connected one of those macial USB dongles inside an original PlayStation 3 controller. Disable that Sony…