Originally Posted by eightball0
This is a good post! This shows that Sony is willfully disregarding the provisions of Magnuson-Moss.
Nothing they are doing is illegal. I doubt very highly that most of you throwing out the words "Magnuson-Moss Act" actually know anything about it.
To quote the wikipedia article:
"The federal minimum standards for full warranties are waived if the warrantor can show that the problem associated with a warranted consumer product was caused by damage while in the possession of the consumer, or by unreasonable use, including a failure to provide reasonable and necessary maintenance."
And second, to quote Sony's warranty agreement:
"THIS WARRANTY SHALL ALSO BE VOIDABLE BY SCEA IF... THE PRODUCT IS USED WITH PRODUCTS NOT SOLD OR LICENSED BY SCEA (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, NON-LICENSED GAME ENHANCEMENT DEVICES, CONTROLLERS, ADAPTORS AND POWER SUPPLY DEVICES). YOU ASSUME ALL RISKS AND LIABILITIES ASSOCIATED WITH USE OF THIRD PARTY PRODUCTS."
Now, for those of you who can't figure this out on your own, we'll review. The cable that comes out of the back of the PS3 and plugs into the HDMI port on your TV is not
an HDMI cable. HDMI is an industry standard connection. The connector on the back of the PS3 is not. If it were, the PS3 would have to comply with industry standards and work with any HDMI cable. But its not.
Since the connection on the back of the PS3 is proprietary, the only standards it has to comply with are Sony's. If a third-party wants to try and make one of those cables, good for them. If that third-party decides to make a poor quality cable that somehow damages the PS3, it has nothing to do with Sony. Sony does not, and should not, have to pay to fix damages caused by ****** third-party components.
If you buy a third-party cable, you're taking that risk. If Sony chooses not to license anyone else to make the cables then that's their decision, even if it is pretty shady.
If you find yourself in trouble, do whats already been said. Take it back to the store first. If that doesn't work, get yourself high enough in the tech support tree so that the person you're talking to can actually do something about it. Make sure they know, that you know, that its their job to prove that the third-party component caused the damage, not yours. Threaten to get a lawyer. Hope that they don't call your bluff, since no sane person would spend so much time, and possibly end up paying so much in legal fees, for something like this.
If you do decide to "invest" $600 into a damn game, don't be a cheap moron and buy a set of Sony cables. If you decide you can't spend the extra few dollars, then don't complain about voiding your warranty.