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If you use Other OS, skip this update and all other future updates

Up until the PS3 Slim debuted, all of the Sony PS3 consoles had support for third-party operating systems to extend the capability of the game console. As the years have gone by since the PS3 debuted, the feature has stayed intact, though few take advantage of it.

Sony has announced that the latest firmware update for the PS3 is version 3.21 and the update will eliminate the Other OS feature from the console. Sony reports that the removal of the feature is due to security concerns. The other OS feature was never offered on the PS3 Slim. 

PS3 owners using the Other Os feature will have to skip this update and skip any future updates as well to retain the feature. Sony reports that if a PS3 owner is currently using the Other OS feature and decides to update to the new firmware when it is available on April 1, they will need to back up data sorted on the OS partition because the data will not be accessible after the update. Those who choose not to upgrade to the new firmware will not be able to play games online or play games or Blu-ray movies that need the new update.

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By Murst on 3/29/2010 12:29:20 PM , Rating: 3
Anyone who has installed Linux on their PS3 knows how horrible the experience is. Sure, the PS3 is capable of running Linux, which in inself was kind of cool, but apart from installing it to say you've done it, I can't think of any uses of why someone would actually want to run Linux on the PS3.

Therefore, I kind of question Sony's move. There's millions of PS3s out there, and I doubt that even 0.1% of those people USE Linux on their PS3. It would seem like they will get a lot of bad PR for this, without really any benefit. Unless there is something in their agreements w/ third parties which require them to pull the plug once certain features are hacked.

RE: Strange...
By tastyratz on 3/29/2010 1:02:54 PM , Rating: 4
hypervisor was cracked and there is a VERY good chance were less than a month or 2 away from actually playing "backups" on the ps3. More information is on if your interested - but that's the primary driver of the change.

The firmware update can be avoided via use of ps3proxy software... and I for one will be doing that. I look forward to the upcoming onslaught of homebrew and interesting releases we are definitely to see in days to come.

RE: Strange...
By Chaser on 3/29/2010 1:16:23 PM , Rating: 2
I only play games, watch movies, and stream media on mine.

RE: Strange...
By B3an on 4/2/2010 4:01:11 AM , Rating: 3
Good for you. Thanks for telling us all.

RE: Strange...
By omnicronx on 3/29/10, Rating: -1
RE: Strange...
By tastyratz on 3/29/2010 4:32:02 PM , Rating: 2
agreed... I simply explained the repercussions of the system and reasoning behind Sony's decision as well as where to get more information. I know better than to put any swing on the idea of copying games @ DT- I merely mentioned I want to get in on the homebrew.

Honestly what I look forward to the most personally is direct ps3 emulators. I have my xbox1 modded so I can play all my old nes/snes/sega/etc. games but I would prefer consolidating onto the ps3 exclusively and far more seamlessly than linux otheros sans gpu.

With the power of the ps3 we have a lot more potential to see some creative homebrew applications than ever before on a console.

RE: Strange...
By B3an on 4/2/2010 4:09:25 AM , Rating: 2
Question: If you like that sort of thing, how comes you dont just use a PC for this? I mean, theres far more emulators for games consoles on the PC, and a PC is far more versatile and powerful than a PS3 (or can be if it's not ancient) and has many many more OS options.
Plus the PS3's RSX graphics are equivalent to a 7800GTX (roughly), and it's Cell does not compare to a cheap quadcore.

RE: Strange...
By tastyratz on 4/2/2010 11:01:50 AM , Rating: 1
Because its generally more fluid with my existing home theater, its plenty powerful to handle these tasks, it has an excellent controller, its already integrated into my television and surround, my pc is not nearby, I dont have to deal with drivers/updates/ more expenses/ and a multitude of other reasons.

A pc is certainly the most versatile but sometimes its multipurpose design can be an Achilles heel as well. If I am sitting on my couch I don't want to deal with the extra steps/boot time/expense/electricity/maintenance/input selection/etc. a pc mandates - even if it means I sacrifice some of that versatility.

Apps on my already existing ps3 could do the same task easier and more plug and play. I'm not looking to play high end games, just extend the functionality of a pre-existing device. Same reason I stream all my mp3's instead of having a media pc.

RE: Strange...
By hyvonen on 3/31/2010 5:25:35 PM , Rating: 2
Calm down. People get rated down for various reasons - that's just the nature of the forum.

Anyone proposing that increasing taxes might be good gets -1 in less than 5 seconds.

RE: Strange...
By Luna M on 4/3/2010 9:00:29 PM , Rating: 2
Increasing taxes might be good!

RE: Strange...
By omnicronx on 3/29/2010 1:27:12 PM , Rating: 2
The PS3 was crippled by nature, they have a hypovisor that basically blocks the 3rd party OS from using pretty much any resources (including the GPU). This is the reason why the experience was so horrible.

Eventually bypasses were made and we were on our way to a usable Linux solution on the PS3.. Its no surprised that sony locked the door before this became possible.

RE: Strange...
By MozeeToby on 3/29/2010 3:16:27 PM , Rating: 2
I can't think of any uses of why someone would actually want to run Linux on the PS3.
Playing old emulators, complete with a nice, cordless remote and easy access to the TV is one very good reason. Now I need to decide if I was ever going to get around to playing Mother3 on my PS3. Probably just install the update and play it on my Laptop, but it still sucks especially given that the functionality has been there for so long.

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