I followed up with Sony after some question marks on the battery warnings they “hid” in their firmware updates. My issues were simple:
- If this was to help users identify fake batteries, why is there no option to turn it off? There are plenty of after market batteries that are affected by this.
- If Sony were honest about helping users, why haven’t they notified users of the functionality change in their firmware description? After all, this was an “honest” attempt to help users.
Whilst I do have an issue with manufacturers limiting third-party batteries as a whole, I have a bigger issue when they add the functionality through updates because what has worked perfectly is essentially handicapped by firmware. I also have an issue when they secretly embed this in an update, which can’t be reversed and don’t include the information in the firmware. That strikes me as pretty underhanded.