168w 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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Do you agree that it's a twisted move by Sony to remove the Other OS option from us fat owners? I do realize though that you're being the devils advocate to cut down on peoples "I'm gonna sue Sony" dreams and to point out the fine print.
Yes but after a new FW is released all future games are then bound by the new TOS as outlined by that update. So if you choose not to update, but wish to play a game that is released a month later, then you need to agree to the new TOS because that game has had to adhere to the same TOS before being released.
Once FW 3.21 is released on April 1st, any game that is released after April 1st is bound by 3.21's TOS. Since your system hasn't agreed to those terms then you either agree to them to play the game, or you don't agree to them and remain bound by the TOS you agreed to (whatever FW your on) and continue playing games which are bound by those terms.
The same also applies to any services that are provided by Sony to your PS3 such as VidZone, PSN and the Playstation Store.
Yes, but if you will buy 1 week or month afterwards a game that needs an updated firmware it becomes mandatory to install it AND to accept the new agreement, otherwise you've bought a game that you cannot play.
If you wish to download a DLC it becomes mandatory.
If you wish to play online it becomes mandatory.
If you have credit onto a PSN account it could be a big mess to have it back if you don't loose it at all if you cannot accept.
If you buy a movie that requires an online connection it becomes mandatory.
It's optional my rear.. It could be simply an unfair, awful, useless move.. that many ones will not forgot with ease...
Man, I'm getting itchy for April 1st to come around. Lol, this has to be a sick joke... Maybe the JST time = jest, I'm still hoping anyway.
I've been on PSN downloading alot of demos and anything that's free and downloadable. I don't plan to update if it's true. I'll hold off as long as I can. It's not the online but eventually a game I want will force me to update.
So what happens a couple months down the road when a new game comes out and requires 3.21 or higher to play it? It won't be optional then. Dragon Age forced me to update from whatever I had a few months ago, forget from what to what. But the point is, I did not have a choice if I wanted to play the game. And most all places that I know of will not accept returns on open video games.
As I would see it, it's optional if you no longer intend to play online with PSN, visit the online store, or play new games you buy in the future.