Sony to replace PS3 controllers

Sony has told GamesIndustry.biz that the company will provide a service to replace wireless PS3 controllers "when and if" their lithium batteries degrade.

A report on GamesRadar.com observed that the pads do not feature removable battery packs, arguing this would render them "effectively useless" as wireless controllers after a certain number of charges.

This, the article claimed, would leave consumers "forced to shell out" for replacements.

But a Sony spokesperson told GI.biz, "This is a purely speculative story and is largely untrue. The latest generation of Lithium Polymer batteries hardly suffer any memory effect at all, so it'll be many years before there's any degradation in terms of battery performance."

The spokesperson went on to confirm, "When and if this happens, then of course we will be providing a service to exchange these items."

A European price point for the pads has yet to be announced, but yesterday SCEA announced they will retail for USD 49.99 (EUR 39). It was also confirmed that PS3 owners will be able to charge and use their controllers via a supplied USB cable.

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Silverwolf6254d ago

These batteries don't catch on fire like there other ones. Ouch!!!

shortyNZ6254d ago

it wouldnt surprise anyone if they did...

Funky Town_TX6254d ago

Okay Sony don't talk about it untill you have a plan.

Watapata6254d ago

"When and if this happens, then of course we will be providing a service to exchange these items." it would appear they have one...

ASSASSYN 36o6254d ago


kmis876254d ago

That is extreme hyperbole.


The Cd-i cost $700 in 1991 dollars, and they released the three worst games ever for it (the three Zelda cd-i games). If anyone here doesn't know of these infamous Zelda games that Philips thought would sell systems, check out this link and watch some of the videos.


coolfool6254d ago

I think that this is actually quite good of sony, I mean, them replacing the controller if the battery dies is expected, but I am glad that are going to provide service for it.

Capt CHAOS6254d ago

They should have made the batteries replaceable in the first place.. A pretty stupid oversight on their part..