Starting from PSP system, and now all the NextGen consoles(360&PS3 are confirmed) started using firmware upgrade to combat piracy. It's understandable, but I'm not quite sure I agree w/ them. PSP is a bit difference consider the fact that it has a battery to backup incase of power outage. Coming from LA, it's something that seriously concern me. I wonder what recourse do I have if the firmware upgrade are required to play newer game, and LA are known for rolling-black-out. For someone outside the California, let me explain to you. rolling-black-out is a technique used by the power company, normally used during summer. Because they are saying that it's not possible to give enough power for all of their customer during summer where people are using a lot of air-conditioning, they decided to turn off certain area(more like a whole city) for about an hour, in order to still have enough power for other area, or just to make sure their equipment don't blow up because of overload. And yes, rolling-black-out happened almost every other day during the summer. I wonder what choices do I have if the system that I buy failed because of power outage during the firmware upgrade.(assuming I can still get a hand on the PS3). I got a 360 already and none of the games I have required me to upgrade the firmware yet. But I know, that won't be for long.
Had anyone ever experience this problem yet? And what did Microsoft/Sony rep tell you?