Sony: Watch Out for Exploding Counterfeit PS3 Controllers

Paul Lilly

We're okay with a little rumble in our hand, and hey, maybe someday controllers will send out a light shock. But when things start exploding, that's when we have a problem.

This is the first we've heard of a controller actually exploding, but according to Sony, there's a rash of counterfeit PlayStation 3 controllers making the rounds that are at risk of doing just that.

"SCEA (Sony Computer Entertainment America) 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," Sony warned in a blog post . "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."

What's worse, these bogus controllers are "practically identical in appearance to genuine" controllers, Sony said.

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