Sony PS3 System Software Update 4.30 Wraps Up Folding@Home
October 22, 2012 9:29 AM
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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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10/22/2012 12:35:00 PM
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.
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