193w ago - Today Sony's Sr. Director of Corporate Communications & Social Media Patrick Seybold has confirmed that PS3 Firmware update 3.21 is coming on April 1, 2010 and will disable the OtherOS feature!
To quote: The next system software update for the PlayStation 3 (PS3) system will be released on April 1, 2010 (JST), and will disable the "Install Other OS" feature that was available on the PS3 systems prior to the current slimmer models, launched in September 2009.
This feature enabled users to install an operating system, but due to security concerns, Sony Computer Entertainment will remove the functionality through the 3.21 system software update.
In addition, disabling the "Other OS" feature will help ensure that PS3 owners will continue to have access to the broad range of gaming and entertainment content from SCE and its content partners on a more secure system.
Consumers and organizations that currently use the "Other OS" feature can choose not to upgrade their PS3 systems, although the following features will no longer be available;
• Ability to sign in to PlayStation Network and use network features that require signing in to PlayStation Network, such as online features of PS3 games and chat
• Playback of PS3 software titles or Blu-ray Disc videos that require PS3 system software version 3.21 or later
• Playback of copyright-protected videos that are stored on a media server (when DTCP-IP is enabled under Settings)
• Use of new features and improvements that are available on PS3 system software 3.21 or later
For those PS3 users who are currently using the "Other OS" feature but choose to install the system software update, to avoid data loss they first need to back-up any data stored within the hard drive partition used by the "Other OS," as they will not be able to access that data following the update.
Additional information about PS3 firmware updates, including v3.21 (once it becomes available), can be found here: http://us.playstation.com/support/systemupdates/ps3/index.htm
PS3 owners who have further questions should contact Consumer Services: http://us.playstation.com/support/ask/
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Allow me to focus that it wouldn't only cut the online usage but even the ability to play new games or anything that would require 3.21 or newer FW... thus it force to upgrade or otherwise it will not do nearly anything for which it could have been bought for...leaving only the ability to play old games and movies that doesn't REQUIRE a new firmware....
If it's not a joke I really hope there could be some lawyer and/or judge who loves to play with PS3 AND linux and find a fire exit ...
I dont think its the fact that "its not fair" Its the fact that when we bouight the PS3 at launch, Sony told us it has the option to install Linux. They didnt say " You can install Linux, But a few years down the line we're gonna make you disable it if you want to continue online use" I dont ever remember that advert!
All the bollox about we agreed the terms and conditions, Yes the terms and conditions that were put to us at THAT time not these new TAC. Terms and conditions are fine but dont take something away that we bought with the console! Its like Buying a new console and someone from the store taking a controller out! Is that not classed as false advertising and stealing?
Lol yeah i do think its a sick and twisted move, i've got a jap launch 60gb with a 10gb linux partition so i'm actually affected by this FW update
And yeh i am playing devils advocate, not because i want to defend Sony, but i just hate people whining about something "because it's not fair" lol
So i want people to realise that if this is all true then they can't really complain. I'm not. I'm ticked off because it makes certain things inconvienient, but it's not the end of the world. Roll on April 1st...