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Foolish PS3 Firmware Update Incoming

In another desperate cry for hackers to perk their ears up and really dig into the hardware, Sony is releasing a new firmware update, v3.21, on April 1st. This is apparently no joke, and the only feature in the update is actually an anti-feature - it removes the Other OS support option from all PS3s. People who refuse the update won't have access to the PSN, so it's basically mandatory. Seriously, they couldn't wait for the next featureful firmware to drop this so the sting of pointlessness was diminished? Lame. Maybe v3.22 can remove Blu-ray movie support!


Maybe SCEA will ignore Canadian PS3s with this like they do everything else?


Well if hackers had not gotten so close to breaking the FW this would not be necessary but as is reported in the past with FW3.0. That feature was not as popular as those who it affects would lead you to believe. I for one do not use it I have Linux on a Dell Dimension E-310. And with all the complaints that Linux not running as fast as a PC install this feature was dated any ways. If this is related to Hacking the PS3 then all this did was speed up the process, since the Slim does not have the other OS option.

So calling it stupid in your title makes it clear that your willingness to accept a hacked OS for the PS3 like what happened to the PSP and Dev's will then stop making games since they would be open to possiblity of piracy. But it is all legal if you read the Sofware license that you agree to when you start up the PS3 and login to the PSN to create your account.

How would you feel if others had the ability to profit off of time you spent creating something and your profits fall below what was possible because somene else was pirating your hard work and selling it without royalty payments.

This is Sony's way to keep that from happening, maybe if the Homebrewed PSP user would have realised that then maybe Sony would not have to do this.

@Speedracer1955: "necessary" ? So if hackers find an exploit in the Internet Browser, it would be necessary that Sony just remove it because only a few people use it and can use the browser on their PC if they wanna surf the web that much? Or if hackers find an exploit in PS3 games, Sony should remove the ability to play games on the PS3? No, they should fix the problem, not remove a feature that some people use. Sure, YOU don't use it, and I don't use it, but I know people that DO use it, and the fact that the PS3 could run Linux kept a lot of hackers at bay (since the goal is usually to get Linux running - pirates then take that work and run with it) until the iPhone dude decided to try his hand at it.

"Please be assured that SCE is committed to continue the support for previously sold models that have the Install Other OS feature and that this feature will not be disabled in future firmware releases."

Gotta love promises like these...

I hope hackers find a hole in Home so I can get rid of that icon.

@Speedracer1955: I understand Sony's position. Do THEY understand mine? I PAID for a console that runs Linux. Compensate me if it isn't going too anymore.

@Dana Olson: Remember this in Feb: So says Owen Stampflee, Linux Product Manager and YDL Developer:

I've caught a rumor from a reputable source that the next firmware update for old PS3s will remove the OtherOS feature...

I'm not sure if it's true or not but it's in the best interest of the YDL community to spread the word.

I think a lot of anger directed at Sony is in the precedent of removing an advertised feature. On the PS Blog, they go on to list all the features you'll be losing out on if you don't want to play by their rules. Basically, a middle finger to consumers. Meanwhile, Sony hides behind their EULA.

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