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March 29, 2010

Sony PS3 drops support for other OS

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by Darren Allan

Sony has decided to get rid of the option the older (“fat”) PS3 boasted to support the installation of another operating system.

The change will come via the next firmware update, version 3.21, which is scheduled for release on April 1st.

Sony cites security concerns as the reason for the removal of the feature.

The move has displeased many PS3 owners, although it has left an equal amount puzzled over the date, and the fact that this could potentially be an April Fool’s joke.

Although the way it’s worded doesn’t sound too “jokey” to us. If it is, it’s a pretty poorly judged one. Besides, an April Fool’s has to be done on April 1st, really, not three days beforehand.

On the PlayStation blog, Sony points out that you don’t have to install the update if you don’t wish to, but that will leave you unable to access many important features (such as online gaming on PSN).

The company reminds all those using the “other OS” feature that if they update to firmware 3.21, “to avoid data loss they first need to back-up any data stored within the hard drive partition used by the ‘Other OS,’ as they will not be able to access that data following the update.”

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  1. National security?
    Financial security?
    Personal security?
    All SONY have done here is throw down another gauntlet for people like George Hotz, to try and break into the PS3. Thay’ve just made it harder without the Linux access(probably, im no coder/hacker).
    What was the point in putting the Other OS option on the PS3 in the first place, if x years later they pull it citing “Security Concerns”.
    Within six months to a year, someone will again have accessed parts of the PS3 system that SONY dont want them to have access to.

    Comment by PJ — March 29, 2010 @ 10:58 am

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