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Sony drops 'Other OS' support on PS3

Locks up PS3 from open source
Mon Mar 29 2010, 14:20
Sony PS3

UNBELIEVABLY, Sony is dropping support for other operating systems in its next firmware upgrade for the Playstation 3 games console.

Patrick Seybold, Sony's senior director of corporate communications and social media blogged yesterday that Sony will be dropping the PS3's "Install Other OS" feature.

This will occur on 1 April and will be part of Sony's V3.21 firmware upgrade for older fatter PS3's. The slimline model already had this feature wiped from its firmware but for some reason Sony left it alone in the fatboy PS3s.

Seybold claimed the "feature enabled users to install an operating system, but due to security concerns, Sony Computer Entertainment will remove the functionality through the 3.21 system software update."

Now that's a bummer but surely PS3 users can circumvent the firmware because it's not an automatic update and carry on modding with impunity? Not on your Nellie.

We say this with absolute incredulity. If users choose not to upgrade to the v3.21 firmware, Sony won't let them sign on to its Playstation Network. At all. Not even a quick content download let alone allowing users to play any games. With so many PS3 titles now requiring users to be signed on online even if they're not playing online, Sony has wheel-clamped its own system, rendering it incapable of working efficiently. µ


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