Best Buy charges $30 to update PS3 firmware

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Geek Squad PS3 update sign We must live in a pretty greedy society if anyone thinks selling PS3 firmware updates is a legitimate way to make money. Unfortunately there are some individuals who will fall victim to acts such as these. A Best Buy in Staten Island, NY is doing just that through its Geek Squad service.

Best Buy is selling a package that includes a 120GB PS3 upgraded to the latest firmware for $329.98. A PS3 costs $299 right now, so Best Buy wants you to spend an additional $30 to perform an action the PS3 does automatically.

Here are the selling points Best Buy is using to get customers to fork over the extra money.

  • Play All Blu-ray movies and PS3 games
  • Eliminates bugs and glitches
  • System runs smoother
  • Improved connection to Facebook
  • Power save settings
  • Photo gallery and video editor
  • Adds PlayStation Plus (subscription based)
  • Improved system settings

Power save settings? Every PS3 ever made has a power save setting programmed into the operating system. I bet the Geek Squad never says all they had to do was connect the PS3 to Best Buy’s Wi-Fi, go to system update, and click “Ok.” This is almost as big of a rip off as that Rent-A-Center fiasco earlier this year.

Let us save you $30 by explaining how to update the PS3. The first way is mentioned above, and the second method is to go to PlayStation website and download the update to a USB flash drive. From there go back to the PS3, go to system update and select to update from a storage device. The magic of computers takes care of the rest. Shame on you Best Buy.

Via [Dual Shockers] Read [PC Mag]

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