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Update will also make changes to the trophies section

Sony announced that it would tomorrow launch a new system software update (Version 4.30) for the PlayStation 3 that will include many changes to the Trophies section on the PS3.

One of the changes that gamers who own a PS3, and a PlayStation Vita portable console appreciate is that you now get the ability to view trophies earned playing Vita games on the PS3. Sony has also announced that the new system update will end all services available through the “Life with PlayStation” application.

Existing users who have the “Life with PlayStation” application will see their services ended in November. Along with terminating the “Life with PlayStation” application also comes an end to Sony's participation in Stanford University's Folding@home initiative. Folding@home was a project that allowed participants to donate unused processing time on the PS3 to the University project studying protein folding, misfolding, and certain other diseases such as cancer.

Folding@home came to the PS3 in 2007 and more than 15 million users choice participated in the program to date. There were just a million PS3 users Folding@home back in February of 2008.
Sony says the PS3 users donated more than 100 million computational hours to the project and greatly contributed to disease research.

Vijay Pande, lead researcher at Stanford University for Folding@home said, "The PS3 system was a game changer for Folding@home, as it opened the door for new methods and new processors, eventually also leading to the use of GPUs.”


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By bug77 on 10/22/2012 10:02:40 AM , Rating: 2
I just love it when companies tell users what they can and can't use on their hardware. Well, it's not actually the user's hardware and this is a reminder of that.

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By xti on 10/22/2012 10:39:51 AM , Rating: 2
are you down to pay for them to keep supporting it?

RE: Excellent
By bug77 on 10/22/12, Rating: 0
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By FaaR on 10/23/2012 3:55:14 AM , Rating: 1
Then what are you whining about?

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By Argon18 on 10/22/2012 1:59:59 PM , Rating: 4
Huh? "supporting" what? Stanford University provided all the code. And Sony did not provide any technical support for the FaH application. So I really have no idea what kind of "supporting" you think Sony was doing here.

This Sony being their usually corporate bully self, forcing their idiotic choices onto consumers. Just like when they removed Linux boot support from the PS3 firmware. Or any of the asinine copy-protection schemes they've forced on people over the years (remember the root-kit?)

RE: Excellent
By Wolfpup on 10/23/2012 10:55:50 AM , Rating: 4
Yeah...this really sucks. Bad enough when Sony pulled the ability to install other OSes from it and (worse still) backwards compatibility. Now they even kick out Folding @ Home?!? Why? Does the new model have horrible thermals or something and they don't want people to find out? This really sucks...I really respected that Sony was involved with this!

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By OnyxNite on 10/22/12, Rating: -1
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By bug77 on 10/22/2012 11:54:24 AM , Rating: 2
What if newer games require the new firmware? I know they do that on Wii.

RE: Excellent
By BZDTemp on 10/22/12, Rating: -1
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By batjohn on 10/22/2012 12:35:00 PM , Rating: 5
He's talking about Sony selling hardware and changing the things you can do with said hardware at their whim. You say people have the choice... When people bought the original hardware it was sold with the option for linux AND being able to connect online to play or buy games/content. If Sony updates then those people are effectively being forced to choose to either never be able to play online again or buy online content or never be able to run linux on their PS3 again. Same goes for folding@home or any other option the system was sold with.

Sony should not be able to remove abilities their machines are sold with and say deal with it or never get online again. Nor should any company.

RE: Excellent
By dark matter on 10/22/2012 3:10:16 PM , Rating: 3
How hard can it be to leave it on and let the CONSUMER decide?

RE: Excellent
By FaaR on 10/23/2012 4:04:05 AM , Rating: 1
All things must end. It's a fact of life, but I know that bashing Sony - even for the most patently ridiculous of reasons - is the "in" thing to do with some people.

If a feature is inpopular, then companies cut them, it happens every day. The PS3 is not an efficient folding client, it hasn't been for years. The PS3 doesn't have enough RAM (or processing power) to handle the more advanced work units that are neccessary to further this branch of science. Not sure what exactly you're yelling and screaming over, except making a ruckus just for the sake of it.

Do you even use the Life with Playstation feature yourself? I've only bothered with it a few times, it really wasn't all that great. Who's gonna miss it, REALLY? Fire up your preferred web browser, you'll easily find information ten times more useful than you would in that app, in 100 times greater quantities.

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By NellyFromMA on 10/22/2012 1:14:04 PM , Rating: 1
Dude, it IS your hardware. However, if you want to use their SERVICES, your hardware needs to be up-to-date. Don't care? By all means, jailbreak or don't update. It's your hardware. Just don't think you're ENTITLED to access to their services without complying to the most rudimentary part of network access: compliancy!

It's free for crying out loud, you just need to be up to date. Non-issue.

RE: Excellent
By dark matter on 10/22/2012 3:11:55 PM , Rating: 2
It's not their services to give away. It's YOUR services. You're the one providing the PS3, the Internet Connection.

Unless you don't actually own your PS3.

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By FaaR on 10/23/2012 4:12:10 AM , Rating: 2
How can they be YOUR services when you're not paying for them? It's a value-added freebie Sony's been throwing your way, and now they've decided to stop (because you can easily find the same stuff any number of other ways.)

What a bizarre sense of entitlement you murricans seem to have about yourselves these days.

RE: Excellent
By NellyFromMA on 10/23/2012 3:42:30 PM , Rating: 2
If the service in any way utilizing any resource from PSN, including an ID of any sort, you are in some manner routing through PSN services, therefor you are using their services. Hard to imagine a standalone 'app' that runs on the PS3 without interaction with PSN in some way unless you are running homebrew with jailbreak.

RE: Excellent
By Aloonatic on 10/22/2012 1:53:18 PM , Rating: 2
I'm with you, I don't go along with the usual know-it-all crowd on here who will argue with even the pretty basic point that you're making.

If they really want to play the "don't update then" game, then Sony should release 2 streams of updates. 1, security and stability updates, 2 additional software/feature updates.

To say "don't update then" is pretty pathetic, seeing as updates aren't just for adding and taking away little things, which FaH is really.

To be honest, it doesn't matter to me, my PS3 died a while ago, but I'd long ago decided that the PlayStation brand isn't for me any more. If I do bother with a console next time around, I find it hard to imagine that it's going to be a Sony device to be honest, and this adding and then taking away of features at a whim is just one of the reasons why I wont bother with them.

"The whole principle [of censorship] is wrong. It's like demanding that grown men live on skim milk because the baby can't have steak." -- Robert Heinlein
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