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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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Military Contracts
By DarthKaos on 3/29/2010 1:34:43 PM , Rating: 2
I would not be surprised to find out that this was required by one of the branches of the military that purchased large numbers of PS3s.

RE: Military Contracts
By Manch on 3/30/2010 9:28:31 PM , Rating: 2
I almost spit my coffee out on my uniform when I read that! If and when we order hardware from manufacturers and we require certain specifics we can have them adjust firmware, specs, etc as needed to get what we want. This is no different than any major corporation. We do not however make them change what they sell to the public. For example we order millions of Dells, HP's etc and we have a custom load of the OS imaged onto the computers that complies with our security requirements and within the guidelines set forth by our license agreements. We do not however make the general public buy PC's with our specifics. The military when it comes to consumer goods is just that a consumer.

RE: Military Contracts
By killerroach on 3/31/2010 12:09:20 PM , Rating: 2
If I were to hazard a guess on somebody "forcing" Sony to make these changes, it was probably the film studios whose support Sony is courting for the PlayStation Store. Somebody at Viacom or Warner probably freaked out, thinking a security flaw in Linux implementation could result in PSP-level piracy, and bullied Sony into dropping the feature (i.e. by saying they'd remove all content from PSN and instead move exclusively to Xbox Live).

"Mac OS X is like living in a farmhouse in the country with no locks, and Windows is living in a house with bars on the windows in the bad part of town." -- Charlie Miller

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