Counterfeit PlayStation Wireless Controllers, which are practically identical in appearance to genuine PlayStation Wireless Controllers, have been discovered in the market.
Sony Computer Entertainment(SCEE)advises consumers to be cautious when buying PlayStation Wireless Controllers from uncertain sources as the quality, reliability and safety of counterfeit products is uncertain, and in some cases, may be dangerous.
SCEE does not support continued functionality of counterfeit or unlicensed controllers in system software updates and these devices may cease to function in the future because of system software updates.
SCEE and its affiliated companies disclaim all liability for any loss or damage suffered by you or any third party through the use of counterfeit or unlicensed products.
Counterfeit PlayStation controllers have flooded the market and are widely available from internet sellers. Buyer Beware.
This is how your authentic Sony PlayStation Wireless Controller should look. However, be aware that counterfeiters have produced visually similar products.
To ensure you are buying an authentic item, buy from authorized Sony retailers.
Authentic Sony PlayStation controllers will have the controller color on the side of the box.
Insist on a photo of the actual product if you choose buy from unauthorized internet vendors.
Be wary of internet vendors offering Sony PlayStation controllers.
Some counterfeit vendors offer colors that are not in the Sony PlayStation product line.
This counterfeit Sony PlayStation controller with branding obscured is orange in color -- a color not offered in the PlayStation product line. This controller is just $7.80 on a China website.
The counterfeit box lacks the color description sticker.
This $7.80 China counterfeit has the Sony and PS3 trademarked branding, and looks like the authentic product.
However, PlayStation does not make a orange PS3 controller, it is a counterfeit.
Widely available from China counterfeiters, this PlayStation controller is just $11 with free shipping.
Counterfeit products often appear on eBay, Craigs List and Amazon as "Authentic" items priced slightly less than the authentic product.
This counterfeit has the trademarked PS3 logo obscured in the ad image, however they left the Sony trademarked "Dual Shock" logo.
This will not fool Sony's trademark attorneys, and should be a good indication you are receiving a counterfeit.
Counterfeiters will often use the manufacturer's advertisement photo of an authentic product, but send you a counterfeit.
You may not be able to authenticate a real PlayStation product from an actual photo, but you may be able to detect a counterfeit.