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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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RE: Strange...
By omnicronx on 3/29/2010 2:46:40 PM , Rating: -1
Why was this rated down?

Here is a thought, if you don't know WTF you are talking about, stay away from the ratings system.

FYI There are many LEGAL uses beyond backup games for linux on the PS3 (I'm just going to assume that was why he was rated down).

The OP was merely making an informative post, as it stands backups are not possible (i.e pretty much anyone using it now is most likely using it as an HTPC, or as a PC on their TV), so people wanting to know how to keep linux after he update may want to know this information.


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!


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