194w 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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To tell the true I think it's a joke... It must be a joke:
First thing first it would be unalligned with what they've always said about security of their system, they simply cannot be scared that one day in the future a stable CF could run onto a PS3 cause they knows well how difficut it's the whole thing to be made.
On a second line if, a big IF,one day it will be possible, probably the life of the PS3 will already be at her last or really near at her end, it makes no much sense to throw out the sword at that point, probably PS4 will be already out when this could seemingly happen, it would make a little sense to fight for an extinguishing business instead of pumping up the new one.
As a third line they've already spoken about a 3.20, not 3.21 or 3.22 or whatelse, they could have integrated those features into the upcoming 3.20, no need to slide the version number, furthermore 3.20 we know it exists.
We can add that doing this they could risk a class action only to stop users from benefit the OtherOS while, obviously, no one working on a ipothetical CF project will do the upgrade saving the chance to work on it and if this will lead to success nothing could stop a CF from being installed on every machine regardless the option to install an OtherOS or not will be kept ?
Finally the release date, 1st April... a well known date for jokes.
The hugeness of games make by itself things really difficult, P2P networks are nearly dead, online reviews and avaliablity of demos have punched a lot the need to "try" games on a parallel way, we can say that PS3 were succesful at defeating piracy, thanks to an improved market transparency as well...
..it would be a completely meaningless move, I don't believe it could be real... if they don't drug themselves, obviously...
Don't be so quick to support only PC gaming. Didn't you hear all the craziness going on with DRM? To play Assassins Creed 2, you have to be connected to the internet all the time (as a single player game!) And their servers have to be working properly. What happens in five-ten years when they realize that they aren't making money on their servers? Just sounds like a bad idea.