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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.”

Source: PlayStation.com



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RE: Excellent
By OnyxNite on 10/22/2012 11:31:43 AM , Rating: -1
What are you talking about? If you want to keep Folding@Home on YOUR hardware then don't apply the update. If you bought the initial PS3 to run Linux on you could still be running Linux on it today, no one is going to come to your house and make you install an update that removes a feature you like. You won't be able to play any new games that require the updates you refuse to install but that's the choice YOU are making and you are free to do it.


RE: Excellent
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
RE: Excellent
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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