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PS3 Firmware 3.21 Coming April 1st, Disables OtherOS Feature!

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233w 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/

800-345-7669 (800-345-SONY)

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grudge1981's Avatar
#104 - grudge1981 - 233w ago
Can we bypass this firmware.. does that ps3 proxy still work?
Thats what my plan was, at least for now...

i can live with it if my ps3 never gets modded since i already have a jtagged 360 and a softmodded wii, but im not gonna do it without something in return like new feature that serve a purpose..

alphabr's Avatar
#103 - alphabr - 233w ago
Guys 1 April joke. No way remove other os. Is like remove the father from church.

silencephaze's Avatar
#102 - silencephaze - 233w ago
Can we bypass this firmware.. does that ps3 proxy still work?

moneymaker's Avatar
#101 - moneymaker - 233w ago
I've told that I find it meaningless but I dont know if I've explained why in details, I feel for it now...

It's completely meaningless cause those ones eventually working on the way for a CFW will never upgrade their research units and that for few than can be could always be enough to find out how to buid a CFW that will have the chance to be installed on every other machine as well...

They simply cannot drive millions of people angry with them for a nonsense like this... at least if they don't aim to loose the actual AND the future console war that they're fighting against their competitors...

If it's not a joke I want to see the face of the "big brain" that thought this thing... the "mastermind", the "genius"... nothing at the actual date has been able to wreak havoc on SCE, could be possible for one man only to do such a thing ? Maybe they have a collection of these brains ?

Sorry if I've repeated something I already said but's really hard to believe such a thing...

ZBlacktt's Avatar
#100 - ZBlacktt - 233w ago
It looks like more and more we will see the PS3 Phat become an extinct dinosaur. With the recent Y2010 clock issue, now taking away it's computer feature's. Then with no warranty on the machines anymore. There's simply no point in ever fixing a broken console anymore. Might as well move up to the Slims. It's bound to happen at some point.

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