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Air Force May Suffer Collateral Damage on PS3 OtherOS Removal

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240w ago - Although not surprising, today ArsTechnica.com reports that the US Air Force may suffer collateral damage (especially since investing in 300 followed by another 2200 consoles for research) due to Sony's recent decision to remove the OtherOS functionality via PS3 Firmware 3.21 from the PlayStation 3 entertainment system.

However, the Air Force stated they are aware of the recent class action lawsuits against Sony over this matter, to quote:

"We will have to continue to use the systems we already have in hand," a representative told Ars, "but this will make it difficult to replace systems that break or fail.

The refurbished PS3s also have the problem that when they come back from Sony, they have the firmware (gameOS) and it will not allow Other OS, which seems wrong.

We are aware of class-action lawsuits against Sony for taking away this option on systems that use to have it."

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#7 - OGroteKoning - 240w ago
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I am dead sure the USAF did not buy the consoles for PSN or online gaming!!! There is no need for them to ever update beyond 3.15. This should never bother them... unless my comment rings true when it surfaced on PS3News that the USAF purchased 2200 consoles to get kids to play an "army game" and when they beat the game some unsuspecting country at some forsaken place is suddenly wiped out ... Seriously - the USAF should not be affected at all!!!

#6 - mushy409 - 240w ago
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What kind of 'research'? Or is this just a technical term for getting some practice in on some flight sims?

Why would they need 2200 PS3? Maybe use them in a new type of Tomahawk missile?

If Sony shafted the air force by not giving them back the otheros option, they could just send in a squadron a turn sony HQ into a smouldering black stain

Works both ways ya' see?

#5 - Drakhen - 240w ago
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I would love to see the fact of the air force going after sony to the point that sony decides there done making game systems and decide to team up with other companies.

#4 - livpool - 240w ago
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it'd be great if the air force sued sony or something and sony ended up re enabling it.. one can only dream.

#3 - gtxboyracer - 240w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by Chivafighter View Post
I really do hope so, but i'm thinking Sony will make an exception for the Air Force and somehow bring back the function.

Agreed, I can see them being able to "request" a specific firmware versions to be flashed on to refurbish/replacement PS3's - something a normal user is unable to request. We know they can do it with a JIG stick "Officially".


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