Gamestop has surely heard of what has happened to people who hack the PS3 console, so why would they even stray into a territory that could even been considered as “hax”?

That’s what Gamestop has done (sorta) and the internet latched onto this story like gravy on a biscuit. Gamestop is selling refurbished PS3 consoles they have dubbed as “Supercharged”. The upgraded PS3 features some pretty cool features such as a 500 GB harddrive, a media hub that increases the USB port count from 2 to 4, a media remote, a charging stand that can charge 2 controllers, a custom console skin, and an HDMI cable. All for a cool $400.

Sony takes a hard stand against system modification but what really puzzles me is that Gamestop hasn’t really done nothing wrong in this case. Sony’s stand against console modification is very much tied to “jailbreaking” a console to make it perform tasks it normally would be unable to perform due to system lockouts or hardware restrictions. Gamestop has simply put in a new 500 GB harddrive and added a few third party accessories, all of which are perfectly legal as they do not void the console’s warranty.

The real question in this case is if Gamestop has the right to sell the consoles that they have modified, regardless of the amount of modification. If they have the right to sell refurbished consoles (which in many cases must be opened and serviced) why do they not have the right to sell refurbished consoles with a few extras attached? Of course, provisions should and must be made releasing Sony of liability for the consoles.

That being said, I have no idea how law works. My advice is to buy the console if you want it and do it quickly. There’s no telling if and when Sony might take this down.

Source: [Gamestop]



  1. Funny how 5 of 6 of the “Supercharged PS3 Features” are standard features of a PS3, and the 1 that is different, you can easily change yourself.

  2. Meh… the ‘Supercharged’ title is misleading… as it’s really only a PS3 with some accessories… but I really don’t see a problem with it. It’s not like they’re loading it with CFW :P

  3. So they’re selling a bundle. They haven’t “modded” a thing. It’s a box of accessories with the PS3. I don’t see the problem.

    • Neither. I wasn’t endorsing the product, simply questioning the legality of it.

      I can put in a 500 GB harddrive without the help of Gamestop.

  4. They aren’t doing anything illegal, Modifying software is the Grey area that sony is exploiting in the courts, this is just modifying hardware.

  5. Very much DOUBT there is going to be a lawsuit ad if there would be,
    it would be possibility all over the name “PS3 Supercharged” name.

    Sony doesn’t like the idea of modification and resale in sense of a
    software or hardware, where as the console has been modified in anyway
    to allow pirate games to be played and software hacking like jailbreak
    or modified to play other gaming console games, like xbox 360 on the ps3
    and resold like wise, or rewiring up the board to by-pass certain

    However, adding extra USB ports, SD Cards, upgrading the
    PS3 Hard drive, or even a customized PS3 casing should not effect too
    much, it will however, effect the warranty, sony won’t repair or take
    consoles off customers who’s ps3 console have already been tampered in
    this way, if you get a YLOD or blu-ray problems, you have to take the
    console back to the shop that sold it to you in that way.

    I don’t think Sony is as greedy or stubborn to sue like this, to sue
    over something as stupid and little as this, then they are no better
    than Microsoft.