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Post by Dan @ 10:44am 30/03/10 | 24 Comments
Sony have announced details of the changes for the next PlayStation 3 system update, that includes plans to completely remove the "Other OS" support that has allowed PS3 owners to run a Linux install on their console.
The next system software update for the PlayStation 3 (PS3) system will be released on April 1, 2010 (JST), and will disable the Install Other OS feature that was available on the PS3 systems prior to the current slimmer models, launched in September 2009. This 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.

In addition, disabling the Other OS feature will help ensure that PS3 owners will continue to have access to the broad range of gaming and entertainment content from SCE and its content partners on a more secure system.
You can view the complete release over on the official playstation blog

The announcement is undoubtedly a thinly veiled attempt to curb the recent hacking attempts of George "Geohot" Hotz, the Internet hero famous for his iPhone unlocking efforts who has recently been making some progress in the quest to get unsigned homebrew code running on the PS3

Of course the change won't affect owners of the newer slim PS3's as "Other OS" support was never made available for them (despite there being no technical reason why it couldn't have been), but this news does come after Sony had already reportedly confirmed "that at least the feature won't be removed from older models which are already working"

From Geohot's blog:
The PlayStation 3 is the only product I know that loses features throughout it's life cycle. Software PS2 emulation, SACD playback, and OtherOS support are all just software switches you can flip. It's unbelievable you would go and flip one, not just on new boxes you are shipping, but on tens of millions already in the field.
It's a disappointing move no doubt, but it's hard to blame a company from protecting their interests when the majority of their users probably don't know or care about the features being removed.

Console modding is still a very legal grey-area and despite most people feeling they should have the ability to do whatever they want with the technology they own and some laws that actually outlaw things like region-locking devices, many countries (including Australia) do restrict the sale of some of the equipment and software required to perform such unlocks. The reason being, that unlocking for other software unfortunately due to it's very nature also enables piracy.

For PlayStation 3 owners that want keep their future modding options open, Geohot is recommending that you do not update your PS3 console to v3.21 when it is released. This will of course mean that you won't be able to access the PlayStation Network, access any of the new features they provide in future updates or play any future titles or Blu-ray discs that require the later software version. That is, until the hackers figure out a way to get upgraded to v3.21 without losing the OtherOS functionality.

Who knows though, perhaps it's all just an elaborate April Fools joke.

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Latest Comments
Posted 10:48am 30/3/10
Yeah, this whole thing is bulls***. I'm pretty sure that being able to install another OS is a feature that was listed on the box of my PS3. There has been so much speculating within the hacking community as to whether or not Geohot's exploit will even lead to anything usable, that it's just absurd that Sony have decided to remove the feature completely.

I'm hoping it's some elaborate April Fool's joke, but I assume it isn't.
Posted 10:58am 30/3/10
I'm not a PS3 owner as I'm happy with PC gaming.

This to me sounds really unreasonable if "Install another OS" is a listed feature in the original product and they are removing it.

Is it compulsory to apply a firmware update to access online features on a PS3?
Posted 11:03am 30/3/10
Not all of them, but it will be for this update.
Posted 11:04am 30/3/10
And this is the real reason why the PC is the premier gaming platform.

I bought it, its mine, I'll do whatever I want with it thank you. If you have reason to believe that in doing so I'm infringing on your rights then call the cops.

I'm considering setting up a PC in the lounge room as a "console" with x360 controllers. is there any way to run 360 games on a PC via emu, even if you can't go online? If I'm out of line for asking that here just nuke me :)
Posted 11:22am 30/3/10
you cant emu 360 games at this point, it will probably be several years before this is possible. (5+ yrs)
Posted 11:26am 30/3/10
it will probably be several years before this is possible. (5+ yrs)

I love random stats, 69.8% of people agree!
Posted 11:26am 30/3/10
Hmm, a s***load of x360 games are available on Games for Windows anyway, and are usually better played with a controller. It might still work :)
Posted 12:10pm 30/3/10
Will this really cause a huge backlash for the PS3 community?

Do most PS3 players install other OSs?

As a PC owner I have installed other OSs in the past like Ubuntu but they have always been a short-lasting curiosity and uninstalled quickly.
Posted 12:23pm 30/3/10
The next system software update for the PlayStation 3 (PS3) system will be released on April 1, 2010

Pre work for an April fools joke? This cant be true, say it aint so!
Posted 12:23pm 30/3/10
If I'm out of line for asking that here just nuke me :)

cmon trog let me let me let me :P
Posted 01:13pm 30/3/10
Want to bet on it Mass? I'll put down $1k.
Posted 01:14pm 30/3/10
btw i didnt provide any stats.

I just speculated on a time frame.
Posted 06:39pm 30/3/10
And this is the real reason why the PC is the premier gaming platform.

This should read: This is the real reason why the PC is the most versatile platform. They're not taking away your ability to play games on a ps3, they're taking away your ability to run another OS.
Posted 06:43pm 30/3/10
This reminds me of the time Sony did everything that they did in the past to make me really, really dislike them.

I saw in the Slashdot thread on this subject there is already talk of a class action suit against Sony, as this basically removes features from the console that were advertised when it was sold to them. I do hope it goes ahead; this sort of behavior should most definitely not be tolerated - changing the terms of the sale after you've already given them the money is really not a cool thing for a company to decide to do.
Posted 11:29pm 30/3/10
they will have to change their ads to "It Only Does Some Things Now..."
Posted 08:40am 31/3/10
Don't cash strapped research institutions string many ps3's together to make an OK supercomputer so they don't have to wait forever to access one?

Posted 08:44am 31/3/10
Don't cash strapped research institutions string many ps3's together to make an OK supercomputer so they don't have to wait forever to access one?

I've read a few articles about different places doing this, I assume they dont want to play online aswell on these consoles so they will be fine unless they update them.

They wont be able to buy any new ones though, but the new slims didnt have the other OS option anyway, and I dont think you cant buy the fat ones still?
Posted 12:38am 04/4/10
Just a note to confirm that this was no April fools joke. The update has indeed removed the "install other os" option. This is such a shame. I was keen to try a build of Linux on this thing to see how it all went.

I didnt really have much of an option in the end. I've bought a couple of new games that had updates available and I wasn't able to do the update until the firmware had been flashed.

Sony just got a little more Apple'sh.
Posted 04:10am 04/4/10
Just FYI, there's proxy software called Logan5, which lets you connect to PSN without updating your PS3. I haven't tried it yet, but I intend to. I'll see if Geohot manages to get an update working that leaves the OtherOS option in tact.
Posted 07:17am 04/4/10
I never have, and probably never will install linux on my ps3... i thought it was a pretty dumb feature.
Posted 08:09am 04/4/10
Wow I was seriously about to grab a ps3 just for the 'playTV' thingy, but this move just reminded me how much I hate and can't trust Sony. :(
Posted 01:06pm 04/4/10
This doesn't really bother me. Why would you expect anything less from Sony or a console. They are built to screw people out of the process and make money.

Get a PC guys.
Posted 01:36pm 04/4/10
meh, who uses linux anyways...

would b nice to be able 2 hax the ps3... would b massive download files for the blu-ray games tho.
Posted 05:45pm 04/4/10
I tried that Logan5 proxy thingo, and it works just fine. I'm back on PSN without having to update.
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