If you have either a PS3 or an Xbox 360 console at home, chances are that you have already heard of controller modding and custom modded controllers. With luck, you have already come across such a cool gadget or even got pawned by a player with such a weapon. It is easy to find out if a player has a modded controller. What usually happens is that you think the player just has a pistol and you confront him with an Uzi or a machine gun, and all of a sudden, you find that you're lying on the ground. You vaguely recollect being shot at by a pistol which spurned bullets at the rate of an automatic weapon. The question is if people play with such a controller, how do you beat them?
Is it legal?
Most controller modding services advertise their products for use with a single player campaign. In fact, some go to the extent of saying that these controllers should not be used with online games. The business model of Xbox or PS3 controller modding is not illegal. In fact, they are so popular that there are stores selling modded controllers and controller mod kits while there are a lot of services that modify your controller based on your requirements. In effect, PS3 controller mods are just like vehicle customization – you do it to improve the performance.
Though most controller modding services provide these controllers to play against computer opponents, these are completely undetectable. They are a secret way of gaining an unfair advantage over opponents without using cheat codes in Xbox Live and PS3 Live. It is typically like using cheat codes that the systems have no control over. It has to be understood that the use of a modded controller for PS3 is not permissible in online gaming servers, but people still do it.
Usually it is not long before a new add-on or a patch or a new feature gets added to gaming consoles that revolutionize the concept of gaming from that point on.