[ News ] Sony’s Just Desserts

If you watch the hardware and software ends of gaming as closely as I did you would know that most of Sony’s updates for the PlayStation 3 are mostly redundant: they superficially add one or two features, claim to be patching a series of bugs and that’s about it. However, what isn’t shown on the surface and lies a little bit deeper is what I think is Sony’s true purpose to most of these updates – bolstering the PlayStation’s already hardened security. Daily, there’s been attempts to unlock secrets beneath the casing and it has, after many years now, been met with steady success, Sony has been pressing hard to keep it under wraps and to keep it from sustaining.

However, you can’t keep them away forever – they ended up unlocking the core of the system and Sony brought out the bigger weapon in a fit of desperation: the “banhammer”. Most of the time Sony justifiably bans users for using unsigned software – Sony can only assume that all unsigned software enables some form of piracy, I suppose, in lieu of doing some real research – but there’s a lot of times where some are banned without reason. I’ve heard of a few instances where accounts are banned for “suspicious” behavior without backing up their claims – claiming that they have no obligation to release their reasoning – and other times console ids are banned for no apparent reason at all, again, reasons Sony often won’t release.

Sony tripped up large yet again, releasing a new update that didn’t, on the surface, seem to be doing much but there are reports that PlayStation users with systems that are housing hard drives above 500 GB are failing, claiming their systems are “bricked”, a term usually reserved for an improper firmware flashing. Not only does this prove that Sony is doing more than they let on to common users but this is also proving to people the kind of user-unfriendly behavior that Sony commonly practices on the regular.

Will Sony play the humble card and hold themselves accountable for their mistakes, try to sweep it under the rug as a once-off problem, or will they take a “come at me bro” stance like the USA government has regarding the NSA leaks? Only time will tell, I suppose, but I hope that Sony takes this chance to humble themselves in the marketplace before their new system drops. They don’t need to be alienating customers now that Microsoft is finally humbling themselves and turning off their stubbornness.

Show me your moves, Sony!


3 thoughts on “[ News ] Sony’s Just Desserts

  1. I’m sorry where you speaking english that was poorly written. Also-it’s apparently fairly easy to fix-youjust have to put yourself in the recovery menu when sony release the fixed firmware simply select to instal new fw update-download it on your pc and transfer it to the console via memory stick and your console should work fine… granted it’s a pain you have to wait but… better than nothing. Also you should know sony’s Tand C’s say you can’t run unsigned software while on PSn as it could potntially harm other peoples experience/be a security risk so if you don’t want to follow the rules-thwy ban you seems fair enough? And as thelargest PS3 model sony sell is 500gb people with larger HDD must be people with their own custom hard drives in their ps3’s somethign sony does allow but evidently forgot about and neglected to test-shouldn’t of happened but it’s a simple mistake to make and I think easy to see how/why it might have happened…

    • For someone whose comment is riddled with typos and grammatical errors I don’t think you have any room to judge my writing skill, sir.

    • Okay, criticism aside, let me respond properly:
      First off, I know it’s pretty easy to “unbrick” a system, given that it’s a soft brick. I know that these people, for the most part, are merely inconvenienced. However, they shouldn’t have to go through this.
      I also know that violating the Terms and Conditions can result in your getting banned. I am also quite aware that they ban way too liberally and without explanation. I felt this first hand.
      I know that the largest in-box model of PS3, right now, comes with a 500GB hard drive but you should also know that two brands of hard drives are officially supported for use, internally, in PS3 systems and have been “thoroughly tested” to meet Sony’s standards. There is a chance that people are using “custom hard drives” – I can only assume you mean non-tested hardware, by this, because this makes no sense if taken literally – and the fact that they’re officially unsupported is causing these problems but if you give people the option to swap the drives out you should really account for this as a possibility, especially when you’re one of the largest electronics manufacturers in the world.
      You should know that I’m very aware of all these things and that I thought I was pretty clear about that. Sony has always had shoddy customer service and awareness. They make their products the way they see fit and that’s about it. This kind of “we make it, you buy it” attitude is reinforced by the fact that people buy it anyway.
      It’s a simple oversight, yes, and it was a stupid mistake by some parties involved but it’s not one that should have happened – period. There’s no excuse for it and the fact that there’s fixes out for it doesn’t make it better. It just simply shouldn’t have happened.
      Oh, by the way, your judgment of my writing stinks almost as much as your judgment of my article. You should read my article a few times and then read your comment over. I hope you feel slightly silly in your judgment.

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