DISCLAIMER - Some of my information about the PS3 controllers may be wrong, mainly because I do not own a PS3.
From my understanding, the only way you can sync a controller to a PS3 is by connecting it through a USB cable and pressing the home button. From that point on, the controller is connected wirelessly even if the USB cable is still connected to the PS3 (not positive about this one, but once you disconnect the USB cable it’s wireless anyways). You can turn off the controller in the PS3 menu, but I believe it can be turned on by pressing or holding the home button.
This becomes a problem because of players that are still synced with the system can activate the home menu with their controller. I’ve seen instances with players that hit the home button on accident and don’t know it, and another instance when a player was trying to sync his controller with a PS3 system, but activated the home screen on another PS3.
Wireless PS3 controllers present a huge problem for tournaments. Accidental pausing by one of the two players playing is one thing, but when a 3rd party causes a home screen pause by accident, what can the tournament runners do? It’s unfortunate, especially when neither the 2 players are at fault, and both are punished somewhat for what happened.
This won’t be as big of an issue for SSF4 as most players play on either wired controllers or joysticks, but with a game like Tekken (where half the community are pad players) it becomes a problem that WILL arise in tournaments. I know EVO knows of the problem, and I hope they have ideas to get rid of this problem.
Some possible solutions
- Evo only controllers - I believe Mr. Wizard mentioned this while announcing the Evo lineup. I do know that pad players are definitely picky about the pad, so this is a turnoff for some.
- Desync system - Having a PS3 on the side strictly for syncing your controller to this system. This is a good idea on paper, but it’s somewhat hard to enforce.
- Banning all wireless controllers - While this is the BEST option, not everyone has access to converters. I do also know that some converters (mainly the Pelican brand) are starting to die after some use, dropping inputs very often.
Please discuss. Lets find the best option for everyone.
PS - I do suggest banning the Tekken 6 wireless joystick. I’ve seen two players, on two different machines, get the joystick outputting to the wrong system. Even though it doesn’t have the same problems as the wireless PS3 controllers, that issue alone should be enough to ban it.